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Iowa City’s Pizza Ranch will move to the Gateway One Plaza (Updated)

Pizza Ranch is headed south. The buffet-style restaurant will be moving from its current location in Iowa City Marketplace (formerly known as Sycamore Mall) to Gateway One Plaza, Pizza Ranch’s corporate office confirmed to Little Village. […]

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New owner of Takanami might be Iowa City’s youngest restaurateur

Recent University of Iowa graduate, Valentina Carrero, 22, is Iowa City’s newest––and maybe youngest––restaurateur. Just after graduation ceremonies wrapped, Carrero inked the deal with Etre Restaurant Group to purchase downtown Iowa City sushi restaurant, Takanami. The recent Iowa alum figured she would be a social worker after she finished school in May, but when previous […]

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The Dandy Lion hosts soft opening this weekend

The Dandy Lion, the Ped Mall’s newest dining establishment, will host a soft-opening this weekend. In preparation for their imminent grand opening, partners Lindsay Chastain and Tommy Connolly will open the doors both tonight and Saturday evening for curious customers looking to beat the heat of this weekend’s Iowa Arts Festival […]

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Oasis Falafel is opening a second location

A piece of Iowa City is coming to Nebraska this summer, as local favorite Oasis Falafel opens a second location in Omaha. The Omaha Oasis is the first expansion for the restaurant founded in 2004 by Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan. The new restaurant will be a partnership between Stramer and Sivan and former Iowa […]

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Casa Azul opens new location in downtown Iowa City

Just in time for Taco Tuesday, Casa Azul Restaurante & Cantina has opened a new location in downtown Iowa City at 335 S Gilbert St. The first Casa Azul in Coralville, owned by Carlos and Allysa Tijerina, is known for its authentic Mexican food, and its 99-cent tacos on Tuesdays. Making sure Casa Azul’s food […]

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LV Recommends: The best savory snacks from eastern Iowa bars

Five supreme snacks to save you when hunger strikes. George’s Buffet 312 E Market St, Iowa City Contrary to its name and to the dismay of those Google searching “buffet Iowa City,” George’s Buffet is not actually a buffet. It is so much better. A landmark in Iowa City since 1938, this cozy townie bar […]

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LV Recommends: Six crowd-pleasing pizzas in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area

Looking for pizza? These consistently delicious and straightforward pies are worth a sample. Bread Garden Market 225 S Linn St, Iowa City Bread Garden’s 2016 kitchen remodel brought an expanded menu of made-to-order meals to the downtown grocery hub. Order from an electronic kiosk––everything on the menu is delicious, made fresh and super affordable. With […]

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LV Recommends: Trendy poke bowls make the menu at these four local restaurants

In recent years, poke, a Hawaiian raw fish salad, has become increasingly popular in mainland United States. Traditional poke (pronounced “poh-kay” which means “to cut” in Hawaiian) is ubiquitous in Hawaii and is available everywhere from roadside stands, to Costco stores and gas stations. With roots in fishing culture––fishermen cubed up the less-desirable parts of […]

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LV Recommends: These four area spots will satisfy your sweet tooth

Four area restaurants that beg you to leave room for dessert Big Grove Brewery 101 Main St, Solon Big Grove Brewery has made itself indispensable as the only brew pub in Solon and Iowa City and one of the most popular local breweries to carry on tap across the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor. While many […]

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LV Recommends: Where to go for a magnificent matcha latte in the Iowa City area

The matchas at these local cafes are the perfect swap for coffee. Cortado 26 S Clinton St, Iowa City This modern streamlined coffee shop across from the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City has plenty of seating as well as a sidewalk patio in warmer months. Beyond just a winning atmosphere, Cortado succeeds with delightful drinks […]

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