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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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‘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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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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Best of the CRANDIC Spotlight: The Webster, new to the IC restaurant scene, has already made a big splash

The Webster (202 N Linn St, Iowa City, 319-800-0720) is the winningest Best of the CRANDIC competitor this year, taking home Best Appetizers/Small Plates, Best Atmosphere, Best Chef (Sam Gelman), Best Food Scene Game Changer, Best Restaurant, Best Restaurant for […]

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The Takeaway: Deluxe welcomed me to the neighborhood with luxurious sweet and savory snacks

It’s a truth (nearly) universally acknowledged that buying a house you love is the cornerstone of the American dream. Often left out of that narrative is the fact that packing and moving all your belongings can be a nightmare. Rather […]

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LV Recommends: Goosetown Cafe

Does Iowa City really need another breakfast and brunch restaurant? If it’s as diverse in flavor and subtly inventive as Goosetown Cafe, then yes. What I’ve found after repeated trips to the brunch, lunch and dinner spot that opened in Iowa City’s Northside nearly a year ago is a place that’s hugely confident, a trait not many newer restaurants have. That confidence shows in a menu and a design with contrasting characteristics, but held together by quality. […]

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