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A guide to eating the day away in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

Whether you’re from Eastern Iowa or just visiting, chances are there’s a fantastic restaurant you’ve never tried right around the corner. So get out there, support local and enjoy what the area has to offer! Don’t know where to start? […]

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COVID-19 changed Iowa’s dining industry. Will restaurants (and customers) continue to remain flexible?

In 2019, the restaurant industry in Iowa was flying high. According to the Iowa Restaurant Association, there were close to 6,500 restaurants and bars across the state. Nearly 155,000 people worked in the restaurant and bar industry that year. Just […]

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‘Microfood’ operations flourished in the pandemic, from home bakers to couriers

The COVID-19 pandemic taught many of us how to switch gears and pivot. In March 2020, as the regular 9-to-5 ruptured, many people quit their desk and retail jobs and started doing the things they’d always wanted to do, either […]

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LV Recommends: Vivian’s Soul Food

In honor of Galentine’s Day, and to cheer us up in the face of bitter cold temperatures, my daughter Isabelle and I headed to Vivian’s Soul Food for dinner. I had been once before, and was impressed with the amazing food and the warmth and attentiveness of their staff, so I was excited to check out their new space and expanded menu. […]

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LV Recommends: LP Street Food

Though it opened in 2018, LP Street Food looks like it easily could’ve been in its location for 50 years. It fits seamlessly into the ever-expanding Kingston Village neighborhood just west of downtown Cedar Rapids, and the look is more cozy and lived-in than brand new. That fits well with the food, which is as messy as it is tasty. […]

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Lion Bridge Brewing Company celebrates five years in Cedar Rapids

In the shadow of Czech Village’s distinctive orange-roofed clock tower, across the street from the old Kosek Bandstand and complementing the stone lions scattered along 16th Avenue in Cedar Rapids is a small craft brewery (with a spacious taproom) that feels as integral to the area’s history as most any business in the neighborhood. […]

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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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LV Recommends: The best savory snacks from eastern Iowa bars

Five supreme snacks to save you when hunger strikes. George’s Buffet 312 E Market St, Iowa City Contrary to its name and to the dismay of those Google searching “buffet Iowa City,” George’s Buffet is not actually a buffet. It […]

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LV Recommends: Six crowd-pleasing pizzas in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area

Looking for pizza? These consistently delicious and straightforward pies are worth a sample. Bread Garden Market 225 S Linn St, Iowa City Bread Garden’s 2016 kitchen remodel brought an expanded menu of made-to-order meals to the downtown grocery hub. Order […]

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