2019 Bread & Butter Dining Guide

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Openings, closings and wanderings: 2019 restaurant news in review

It was a turbulent year for many restaurants in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Two that opened in January — BeerBurger in downtown Iowa City and Linn Street Dive — closed before the end of summer. But BeerBurger still has its North Liberty location, and in December, Linn Street Dive became Marco’s Grilled Cheese. Melk […]

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Anvil Meat Market and Deli to open in former Village Meat Market space

Village Meat Market and Cafe announced over the weekend that it is closing on Dec. 29, but Czech Village won’t be without a butcher shop for long. Steven Prochaska, who owns the Sausage Foundry and Bohemian Grocer in NewBo City Market, will buy Village Meat Market and reopen it as Anvil Meat Market and Deli in the spring […]

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Village Meat Market and Cafe in Czech Village is closing

After eight years of offering Cedar Rapids a traditional Czech butcher shop with a Southern accent, the Village Meat Market and Cafe is closing. When co-owners Lou Oettinger Thompson and Hugh Lamont opened Village Meat Market in the Czech Village, it filled a hole left after Polehna’s Meat Market closed. That traditional Czech meat market […]

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Nile Ethiopian Restaurant has closed

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant in Coralville has closed for business. For weeks, the doors have been locked on the two-year-old restaurant, and now its Facebook page lists Nile as “Permanently Closed.” When Nile opened in 2017, Little Village reviewer Helania Thompson wrote, “’Finally’ seems to be the most frequently expressed response to the recent opening of Nile […]

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Boston Fish is gone, but its legacy will swim on in Cedar Rapids

In April, people were disappointed to learn Boston Fish, a staple of the Cedar Rapids restaurant scene for 77 years, was closing, after its building was sold and the new owners decided to do something different. A month later, things changed. Boston Fish manager Lenore Zoll announced the new owners had changed their minds, and wanted to […]

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Yummy brings a menu of Asian and American favorites — including Thai rolled ice cream — to downtown Iowa City

Yummy, Iowa City’s newest restaurant, opened this week, bringing a wide range of both Asian and American favorites—from Cross Bridge rice noodles to chicken wings to Thai rolled ice cream—to downtown. “We have American food, Japanese food and Chinese food all together,” Amy Huang, Yummy’s manager, told Little Village. […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2019: Food & Drink

The results are in! Browse the winners of Little Village’s 2019 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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Fixin’ for a coffee at The Chauncey? A new shop, Fix!, has opened on the second floor

Iowa City’s newest coffee shop isn’t actually in a shop. Fix! is in the common area on the south side of the second floor of The Chauncey, Iowa City’s newest high-rise. “Originally, the building was not designed with a coffee shop in mind,” said Monica Moen, owner of Fix! and a member of the Moen Group, the building’s developer. […]

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The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Area’s Annual Dining Guide


The fifth annual Bread & Butter dining guide contains something for everyone: great meals at every price point and for every diet, guidance for visitors looking to get beneath the surface and an exhaustive list of worthwhile breakfast, lunch, dinner and after dinner destinations to help even the most seasoned locals find something new to try.