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LV Recommends: Notable restaurant newbies in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area

Looking for something new? These eight new restaurants deserve a spot on your short-list. Maggie’s Farm Pizza 1308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City A long-time NewBo and Iowa City Farmer’s Market favorite, Maggie’s Farm Pizza opened their independent brick and mortar restaurant on the west side of Iowa City in August 2017. In collaboration with local […]

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2018 Guide: A-Z Restaurants in the Iowa City area and Cedar Rapids

Use this index as a guide to find your next favorite meal. This exhaustive list of restaurants, bars, cafés and bistros covers a range of budgets and a multitude of palates—there truly is something for everyone here. Price range is indicated on a scale of $ to $$$$ and accounts for each establishment’s average price […]

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LV Recommends: Gumption.

Gumption. has achieved and perfected the chic, family-friendly breakfast spot with its farm-to-fork food and drink menus. Those menus caters to many different diners, with each plate highlighting local ingredients, from fresh seasonal produce to fresh breads.
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LV Recommends: Caucho

Tacos are perfect, no matter what form they take: Whether hard shell or soft, spicy or mild, meaty or vegetarian, a taco’s deliciousness and convenience are peerless. I’d argue that, like sex, even a bad taco is still pretty damned good.

A margarita, on the other hand, is easy to ruin. Too often, the flavor of tequila is barely discernible in the too-sweet tang of frozen sour mix, and the whole thing amounts to nothing more than a mediocre Slurpee. A middling margarita can dull the shine of even the most stellar taco.

This is part of why Caucho is such a gem: Their margaritas are perfection. Whether delivered as a mixed-from-scratch top-shelf cocktail rimmed with smoked paprika salt, or as a frozen, blended house margarita straight from a machine, the drink combines perfectly with their fresh, farm-to-table, eclectic selection of Mexican favorites. […]

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LV Recommends: Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery

Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery 616 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids thequarterbarrel.com As someone who was born in the eighties, came of age in the nineties and did many 12-ounce curls in the naughties (or whatever you want to call the first decade of this century), arcade games and craft beer are among my favorite […]

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LV Recommends: Sauce Bar & Bistro

Jordan Sellergren

When people ask me to recommend Italian food in Iowa, it prompts a string of questions that usually culminates in, “Do you mean real Italian, or, like, sickly sticky cream sauce and overcooked pasta like you’d get at a chain Italian restaurant?” Usually, thankfully, they mean the former, in which case, I often send them […]

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