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PiZan Pizza opens in downtown Iowa City

Craving a slice? PiZan Pizza opened today in downtown Iowa City in the space formerly occupied by Pita Pit (113 Iowa Ave.). The owner of the new shop is local restauranteur Brian Flynn, who currently owns and operates several Iowa City-based locations including Donnelly’s Irish Pub, Joe’s Place, BlackStone, Brix Wine and Cheese Shop and 30hop, among others. […]

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All signs point to Beer Burger heading to Iowa City’s Northside

We’re filing this under “might happen,” not “is happening,” but several sources close enough to the situation to be considered reliable are all nodding their heads yes: the new restaurant going into the former Motley Cow Cafe space (160 N Linn St) will be a fast casual version of the North Liberty restaurant Beer Burger…

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Iowa City restaurant El Patrón offers exclusive tequila

El Mayor Anejo Barrel Select Tequila 1st Pour Celebration El Patrón — Friday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. Iowa City restaurant El Patrón – Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar (109 E College St., Iowa City) is offering a specialty barrel of tequila through a partnership with El Mayor, a tequila producer that has been operating […]

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Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack opens in downtown Iowa City

The Old Capitol Mall is has a new joint for old school barbecue. Named the Best Barbecue for 2015, Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack is open for business in downtown Iowa City. The new location is bringing elegant features like light faux wood tile walls and high-back booths to a casual framework — counter service and […]

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Jamba Juice and Bruegger’s Bagels open today in Iowa City

Today’s grand opening of the new Iowa City Jamba Juice and Bruegger’s Bagels joint location on Riverside Drive drew in roughly 350 people during the first four hours of business. A line of customers went from the cash register to the door and the outside of the bakery was festooned with bagel-shaped balloons. McKenzie Jerman, […]

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Iowans to bike in RadTour Bike Ride for farm-to-table food

RadTour Bike Ride New Pioneer Co-op — Sunday, Sept. 18 at 8 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 18, RadTour LLC will bring RadTour Bike Ride (formerly known as Culinary Ride) back to Iowa City for a 37-mile harvest bicycle ride that perfectly exemplifies what’s most magical about Iowa: community, bicycles and farm-to-table values. Riders will gather […]

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LV Recommends: Le Gourmet

By Ashley Chong I went over the phrases I would say in Korean, double-checking for any blatant errors in how I addressed the owner or how I pronounced the words. But when it was my turn to order, my carefully constructed phrases were instantly replaced with nostalgia when I suddenly noticed the row of pastries […]

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LV Recommends: Dumpling Darling

Dumplings — adorably bite­-sized pockets of dough packed with various fillings — excel in convenience. At Dumpling Darling on Dubuque Street in Iowa City (their brick and mortar location shared with Pops Old n’ New BBQ), an order of Korean-­style dumplings is steamed and ready to eat in about five minutes or less. But the […]

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LV Recommends: Sun Café

Recently, my good friend suggested we venture away from downtown to find some good Vietnamese fare. Always the connoisseur of all cuisine, I trusted him. Sun Café (1681 S 1st Ave., Iowa City) didn’t disappoint. The first thing I noticed was the display of perfectly ­roasted hanging ducks in the rotisserie case. Recently, there has […]

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Local and real foods short film fest Sunday at FilmScene

Real Food Films contest finalists FilmScene — Sunday, June 5, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Finalists from the 2016 Real Foods Films Contest, chosen from 160 entries and all under four minutes, will be screened on Sunday at FilmScene in Iowa City. The program, A Real Food For All Pop-Up Film Festival, presented by Local Foods Connection […]

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