Latest Dining Stories

Bites, fries, fluff and a squealer: Iowa State Fair food previewed

I’m what you might call a “fair-foodie”: an aficionado of the gastrointestinally punishing caloric arms race one can only experience at the Iowa State Fair. With the 2020 Iowa State Fair canceled due to COVID-19, I missed out on my annual survey of the creative dishes it has to offer. So on Monday afternoon, when […]

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Cooking on hot coals: A recipe for fire-roasted naan, vegetables and labneh

One of the more memorable diversions from last year was socially distanced outdoor gatherings with family members and “pod” friends, hanging around the most primitive of cooking stations: a fire pit. No need to clean the house or lay out a fancy spread — it’s the pandemic after all; we’re just trying to survive. My […]

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We Tried It: Hy-Vee’s Cheetos Flamin’ Hot Sushi Roll

It’s possible to find restaurants in the United States that take sushi as seriously as the most tradition-bound restaurants in Japan do. It’s also possible to buy sushi at your local Hy-Vee. And if you want your sushi covered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Hy-Vee is probably your best bet. Hy-Vee is currently advertising “Cheetos Flamin’ […]

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Insomnia Cookies opening downtown Iowa City location

Late-night snacking in Iowa City is about to get a whole lot sweeter after Insomnia Cookies opens its downtown location. The late-night bakery chain will be moving into the space at 125 E Washington St, which used to be Mama’s Deli & Catering. Mama’s Deli closed last December. Iowa City’s Insomnia Cookies will be opening […]

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LV Recommends: House Divided Brewery

Buttery, salty and best of all, free. Now that I’ve gotten the popcorn review out of the way, let me dive into the bread and butter, so to speak, of any brewery: the beer. House Divided Brewery, located right across the street from the Ely Public Library, serves up creative lagers, stouts, sours and IPAs […]

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The Farm to Street Dinner is returning, and tickets go on sale Tuesday

Tickets for Iowa City’s fifth Farm to Street Dinner will go on sale Tuesday morning, available through the Iowa City Downtown District’s site. The event has sold out very quickly in previous years. 2020 was not one of those years. The Farm to Street Dinner was canceled last year due to COVID-19. Even though the […]

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The Takeaway: I came for the enchiladas from Sobremesa and stayed for the mole sauce

Mexican food was always one of my first favorite cuisines, because my family ordered it all the time. It was a weekend staple and I remember loving to go to our family’s favorite place and gorge myself on the bowls of salsa and trays of chips because it was one of the few times I […]

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The Takeaway: Marquee Pizzeria’s sweet and spicy pie is my new vice

I have heard it said that pizza is like sex: even when it’s bad, it’s good and when it’s good, it’s amazing. I tend to agree. I’ve had slices from school cafeterias, gas stations, bars, food trucks, mall food courts and upscale pizzerias — and I’d eat every one of them again. Pizza is never […]

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


The sixth 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.