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The world at your forktips: 15 international restaurants and markets throughout the CRANDIC

From empanadas to masala, jollof rice to donburi, let these international eateries take your tastebuds on a trip. Pinoy Cafe 1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids 319-343-8081 View Website Blanche Vega’s Filipino restaurant, Pinoy Cafe, got its start in a […]

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Watch: Pupusas, plantains and fish make for ‘the perfect winter meal’ at El Gustito

From the pupusas to the fried plantains, the fish entree to the rice and beans on the side, El Gustito Pupuseria y Restaurant in Coralville served up a well-balanced spread for foodie Aaron Pang and his friend Cathryn Klusmeier. “This […]

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Put your money where your mouth is: Black-owned restaurants in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area

The Eastern Iowa area is blessed to be home to a plethora of businesses owned and operated by black chefs and entrepreneurs. We’ve sung their praises in these pages before, but we haven’t covered them all yet—something that we aim […]

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Sparti’s Gyros is closing

Just shy of their 10th anniversary, Sparti’s Gyros will close its doors for good on May 24 (or as soon as it runs out of food supplies). The restaurant, located at 61 2nd St in Coralville, opened on June 1, 2009. Owner and manager Keith Brophy had just graduated from the University of Iowa and missed the meals of his Chicago-area upbringing. “Italian beef, gyros and Chicago dogs were definitely staples of my diet growing up,” he said […]

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New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded (you no longer have to go downtown to get a pie shake). Taking a big step beyond its NewBo District coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Brewhemia started distributing its nitro coffee throughout the corridor. And in Iowa City, a new, locally-owned food delivery was launched, to provide an alternative to big, national services like GrubHub. […]

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LV Recommends: Nile Ethiopian Restaurant

“Finally” seems to be the most frequently expressed response to the recent opening of Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant just off the Coralville strip. Finally Iowa City transplants who once hailed from big cities rich with international food scenes can reconnect with a long-lost comfort food. Finally Eastern Iowa natives, young and old, can again enjoy a lesser-known cuisine without a long drive — or trial-and-error in one’s own kitchen. […]

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Marquee Pizzeria and Bar brings Italian flavors and late-night hours to Iowa River Landing

Marquee Pizzeria & Bar brings a “Brooklyn meets Little Italy” atmosphere, communal dining and brick oven pizza to the Iowa River Landing this fall. From their tables, guests will watch Neapolitan-style thin-crust pizzas crisp in the brick oven, which is […]

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