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Metamorphoses: Givanni’s to become El Patrón Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar

When the Etre Restaurant Group closed the doors of Givanni’s Italian-American in the Ped Mall, it was unclear what the future would entail for the space. Though rumors abounded, all mysteries were dispelled this week when the former Givanni’s space displayed a sign for El Patrón Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. An official website has […]

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LV Recommends: Bashu’s twice-cooked pork

We sat down to lunch at the newly opened traditional Chinese restaurant Bashu. The waitress brought us a pot of oolong and my buddy, a native Iowan, said, “How do you know if somebody is from New York?” “I don’t know, how?” I said, pouring him some tea. “Oh, don’t worry,” he said. “They always […]

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LV Recommends: Iowa City Brewlab

Located just outside the heart of downtown, Iowa City Brewlab has a spacious and inviting taproom that serves a continuous rotation of excellent guest taps and beers brewed on-site — individual batches of which often run out in less than a month. With its ever-changing line-up, our recommendation this month is to stop by the […]

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LV Recommends: Trumpet Blossom Café

If you’re anything like me, you know there is no greater tradition than brunch. It’s the perfect midday gathering of friends to top off your weekend. You get a satisfying meal, drink(s) and above all: bacon. My friends and I were a perfect example one recent weekend. After visiting Trumpet Blossom Café and trying an […]

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LV Recommends: Bar’ber Shop

If I hadn’t looked at the reviews online, I would have flown right by it. “Bar’ber Shop? I searched restaurants!” But upon more investigation, it appeared this place (located at 218 1st Ave. in Coralville) wasn’t serving up a shave and a haircut, but meals made from locally sourced foods at an affordable price. So, […]

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Herbal workshop at PS1 will help you ‘weather the winter’

Public Space One (PS1) will host an herbal care workshop, “Weather the Winter,” on Saturday in their kitchen at the Wesley Center. Instructor Stephany Hoffelt will show how natural preparations can bolster immune function and help bodies stay healthy to withstand the cold and flu season. […]

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Bike-themed restaurant Ride will shut its doors on Jan. 1

Ride (630 Iowa Ave.), the bike-themed restaurant known in part for its brunch menu, burgers and large patio, will close for good on Jan. 1. The restaurant, just east of downtown, opened on Dec. 11, 2014. It was a venture long in the making between Derek Perez, Keven Perez and Tom “Roc” Kemmerer, all co-owners […]

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Zombie Burger marches toward Iowa City

Zombie Burger, the popular Des Moines-based franchise known for its exotic sandwiches and shakes, may soon be heading to Iowa City, according to co-owner Paul Rottenberg. The Des Moines Register reported today that Zombie Burger will open a counter-service location in Ankeny, Iowa “no later than May,” with plans to add quick-serve locations in Iowa […]

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Two-day organic food conference heads to Iowa City

2015 Iowa Organic Conference IMU — Sunday and Monday, Nov. 22 and 23 This Sunday and Monday, Nov. 22-23, the Iowa Memorial Union (125 N Madison St, Iowa City) will host the 15th Annual Iowa Organic Conference — a celebration of the biodiversity of organic farming. The two-day festival includes exhibits, networking events and speakers, […]

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Edible Outdoors hosts Fall Harvest Potluck at Public Space One

Iowa City-based community organization Edible Outdoors (EO) will host a potluck dinner party at the Wesley Center of Public Space One this Saturday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. The ultimate goal of the potluck is to bring together hunted, fished, foraged or homegrown goods, though store-bought items will be accepted and shared just the same. […]

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LV Recommends: Fabian’s Seafood Truck

Once every few weeks in Iowa City — probably on a Monday around 10 a.m. — a refrigerated truck pulls into the Riverside Dairy Queen’s parking lot (526 Riverside Drive). It is white and completely unmarked. Actually, there’s this: A single leaf of oversized printer paper, duct taped to the driver-side door. It says FABIAN […]

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