2019 Bread & Butter Dining Guide

Latest Dining Stories

Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack now selling bottles of its barbecue sauces

After 14 years of going to Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack to enjoy their signature sauces, barbecue fans can now bring bottles of those sauces home. “We’ve been working on this for about a year and a half,” co-owner Jack Piper told Little Village. Unlike some barbecue restaurants that outsource their bottling operations, Piper and his partner James […]

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LV Recommends: Get Fresh Cafe, Iowa City

Food is imperative to a dining experience, of course, but in my opinion, it’s the windows that really define an eating establishment. Hear me out: When a ray of sunshine enters through a pane of glass and accentuates the dramatic peaks and valleys of a scoop of curry chicken salad? *kisses fingertips* Perfection. […]

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Linn Street Dive (formerly Devotay) will reopen as a brick-and-mortar Marco’s Grilled Cheese

More than four months after Linn Street Dive closed down, owners Jade and Mark Paterno have announced their plans for the future of the Northside Iowa City restaurant: when the doors reopen on Nov. 1, it won’t be as Linn Street Dive, but Marco’s Grilled Cheese. The Paternos are also the owners of the Marco’s Grilled Cheese food cart […]

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The Club Car is celebrating 15 years in business with a special party on Saturday

The Club Car is celebrating its 15 anniversary with an outdoor party on Saturday. The neighborhood bar is tucked away on Wright Street, between S Dubuque and S Clinton streets, just south of the Ped Mall. The bar is promising “hard to find beers and delicious food” […]

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Prost! A guide to local Oktoberfest beers and celebrations

Early fall may only be the second most popular time of the year for nuptials, but it was a wedding that kickstarted one of the world’s favorite autumnal traditions: Oktoberfest. On Oct. 12, 1810, Bavarian Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese, and the people of Munich, Germany celebrated this joyous union with days of drinking, feasting […]

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La Wine Bar & Restaurant is taking over the former BeerBurger space in downtown Iowa City

After being home to two short-lived burger joints — Zombie Burger and BeerBurger — the space at 180 E Burlington St is getting is getting a fresh start. La Wine Bar & Restaurant will bring an Asian-style bar to downtown Iowa City. “I want to try to make something different,” owner ShanShan Kong told Little Village. […]

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LV Recommends: Laos Cafe

Iowa has long suffered from a chronic lack of traditional Asian cuisine. With an overabundance of greasy Panda Express-like food and subpar California rolls, it’s difficult to find a restaurant delectable enough to satisfy the palates of true Asian food enthusiasts. However, a game-changer resides in an unsuspecting building on the fringes of […]

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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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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.