2019 Bread & Butter Dining Guide

Latest Dining Stories

LV Recommends: Edith Lucielle’s Bait Shack and Wing Depot

With the casual diner aesthetics, you might assume every menu item would be served to you directly from the fryer (where it arrived straight from the freezer), but Edith Lucielle’s serves a wide variety of homemade dishes, including homemade tenderloins—something I had never heard of, even as a lifelong Iowan—and homemade tiramisu. […]

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LV Recommends: Morning Glory CSA Food Truck

“Why do farmers farm, given their economic adversities on top of the many frustrations and difficulties normal to farming?” I sit in the air conditioning, scrolling through my photos of the Morning Glory CSA food truck, and I think of this question by farmer and writer Wendell Berry. […]

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Goldfinch Tap + Eatery set to open in Marion

Goldfinch Tap + Eatery, the second restaurant owned by 32-year-old real estate agent Josh Immerfall, is expected to open in uptown Marion in late August or early September. A Marion native and Iowa City resident, Immerfall is the bar owner of Donnelly’s Pub in downtown Iowa City. […]

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George’s Buffet is celebrating its 80th anniversary on Saturday

It wasn’t a surprise that George’s Buffet won “Best Home Away from Home” in the inaugural Best of the CRANDIC Awards last year. The Northside bar with its old-fashioned wooden booths, Skyscraper-Moderne style back bar, 60s-era flocked wallpaper and welcoming atmosphere seems like it’s always been a part of Iowa City. […]

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BeerBurger closes its Iowa City location

BeerBurger has closed the downtown Iowa City location it opened six months ago. Its North Liberty location, which opened two-and-a-half years ago, will remain open. John Burchert, CEO of MAiNGREDIENT — which owns BeerBurger — announced the closure in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Burchert didn’t offer any specific reasons for shuttering the restaurant’s second […]

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The Pig & Porter has closed

The Pig & Porter in Cedar Rapids has closed for “the foreseeable future,” according to a Tuesday afternoon post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The post said the owners are “currently exploring our options as a business.” […]

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For Iowa brewers, water quality is ‘a really big deal’

According to Iowa brewers, a beer is only as good as the water used to make it. Inside West O Beer’s taproom in West Okoboji is a poster that proudly states, “To us, the water is a really big deal.” West O owner Matthew Matthiesen said the poster has been there since the taproom opened, emphasizing how important clean water is to […]

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Tickets for the 2019 Farm to Street Dinner are on sale

Tickets for Iowa City’s fourth annual Farm to Street Dinner will went at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 1. The six-course meal served in the middle of downtown N Linn Street, featuring dishes created by local chefs working with locally-sourced ingredients, will be held on Thursday, August 16. There are only 200 tickets available, and in previous years, the event has sold-out within 24 hours. […]

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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.