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Reinventions, new locations and a ‘secret’ from long ago: The restaurant scene in 2018

Transformation was a major theme on the local restaurant scene in 2018. Early in the year, the owners of downtown fixture Atlas announced they were remaking the restaurant into the Saint Burch Tavern (named after Burch, the bear who served as the University of Iowa’s mascot at the beginning of the 20th century), and as […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2018: Food & Drink

The results are in! Here are the winners of Little Village’s 2018 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Food & Drink category, representing voters’ favorite restaurants, bars, growers and innovators in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. […]

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Devotay is closing

After more than two decades as a staple of the Iowa City restaurant scene, Devotay is closing. “With a heavy heart, we now announce that we will be closing Devotay on New Year’s Eve and will reopen as a new restaurant in January, 2019,” owners Mark and Jade Paterno said in a statement posted to […]

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Chef Andy Schumacher to celebrate humane and sustainable farming practices with prix fixe dinner at Cobble Hill

Cedar Rapids restaurateur and chef Andy Schumacher aims to make prix fixe dining experiences a more accessible option for foodies in the Corridor area. Schumacher’s much-lauded Cobble Hill Restaurant will host a special Niman Ranch dinner. […]

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An Anthony Bourdain tribute dinner brings together St. Burch Tavern’s chef and IWP writers

Bourdain died by suicide on June 8 of this year, leaving us — his restaurant kin, writers, travelers, chefs and eaters — to celebrate him, and to continue to celebrate other cultures, with our own meals, travels and words. It is in this celebratory vein that Gabe Branch, chef de cuisine at St. Burch Tavern, will collaborate with four writers from the University of Iowa International Writing Program for a Parts Unknown tribute dinner, part of the lineup for this year’s Witching Hour festival. […]

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Tacos for Peace: Eat well and help animals affected by Hurricane Florence

Tacos are always good, and on Tuesday, anyone with a taste for the vegan version can do good by eating them at Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Every month, Trumpet Blossom, Iowa City’s only all-vegan restaurant, raises funds for nonprofits with Tacos for Peace. Normally it benefits local nonprofits, but on Tuesday, it will be raising money to help A Well-Fed World’s campaign to assist farm sanctuaries that are taking in animals affected by Hurricane Florence. […]

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LV Recommends: Szechuan House

Maybe you were terrified, as I was, for those few weeks this summer when Szechuan House was suddenly closed, with no warning. How could we gird ourselves against the upcoming Iowa winter with none of the now-familiar comfort of our favorite delicacies? With what would we fend off fall’s hangovers if not with the delivery of spicy and sour garlic chicken? What on earth would we do? […]

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Townie Hawk: Snack-sized Big Ten football facts (and drink recommendations) to share at your next tailgate

Welcome back to football, fans of the sport and/or binge drinking. The Big Ten season opener against Wisconsin glimmers on the horizon, and with it comes the sick dread of unspecified mayhem that only a true Hawkeye fan can understand. Will we play the spoiler to someone else’s championship season (Ohio State last year, anyone?) […]

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Farm Cycle 2018 continues the Rad Tour tradition

If the weekend forecast is accurate, this Sunday, September 16, will be a perfect day for a late-summer bike ride. Conveniently, Iowa City Bike Library Director Audrey Wiedemeier has already coordinated the local bicycling and culinary event of the season, Farm Cycle — formerly known as RadTour. […]

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