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April 20-26 is Pizza Week in Iowa City

Download Best of IC Now: April 20-26 is pizza week in Iowa City. Celebrate by downloading Best of IC and showing the app for delicious deals from seven local pizzerias. Available on iOS and Android, Best of IC is a calendar and special offers app that allows you to discover all of the area’s happenings […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: El Banditos

Banditos

El Banditos is a Northside restaurant that is capturing authentic fiesta flavor in their inventive, fresh cuisine. Holding its own in a growing pool of quality Mexican joints (La Michoacana on Hwy 1, along with new-ish arrivals to downtown Cactus and Mami’s Authentic), El Banditos is affordable, laid back and fun. […]

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A love letter to Leaf Kitchen’s Cubano

I love Leaf Kitchen’s “Cubano,” their version of the classic Cuban ham-and-cheese sandwich. I know that the verb “love” is much abused, particularly when applied to food, but it’s the best word I can come up with for the eroticism inspired in me by this particular combination of soft grilled white-wine garlic bread, braised pork, […]

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Chicken Little Reviews Baroncini Ristorante

Baroncini

When planning a night of fine dining in Iowa City, one often gravitates north. The Motley Cow, Devotay and Linn Street Café have built their reputations on serving elevated cuisine with a focus on local flavor. But there’s a downtown option that offers classic upscale Italian fare in an atmosphere that counters the Northside’s trendy ambiance with a traditional, elegant setting. […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Nodo

Located across the street from Horace Mann School and conjoined with our friendly local Ace Hardware store, Nodo is one of the odder and more overlooked sandwich spots in Iowa City. Walking in the door, you will likely be met by the proprietor, Bryan Asklof, who will either be working diligently on an order or standing, arms crossed, in rapt attention to the latest international soccer game (which he will be happy to fill you in on.) […]

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Chicken Little Reviews Clinton Street Social Club

Tucked into the busy lineup of Clinton Street storefronts, wedged between two other doorways, an unassuming red awning marks the entrance to one of the city’s newer and more exciting dining establishments, the Clinton Street Social Club. This elusive entrance opens to a flight of stairs that lead up to the second floor. This obscure […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Trumpet Blosson Cafe 310 E. Prentiss St. As an ex-vegan I still love to frequent vegetarian/vegan restaurants and was delighted when the Trumpet Blossom opened. Trumpet Blossom is a fully vegan restaurant, meaning 100 percent plant-based using no animal products (yes, even butter, milk and eggs). Upon entering the restaurant, the large windows and houseplants […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Bobalicious

Bobalicious might just be the kind of place Anthony Bourdain is always searching for—a family-run, hole-in-the-wall, authentic pho joint. Rather difficult to locate, Bobalicious is attached to a Deli Mart service station out on Highway 6, across from Paul’s Discount. For all of you townies—it’s in the old Donutland location. Upon entering Bobalicious, you may […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Heirloom Salad Co.

As I enter downtown Iowa City’s newest lunch spot (the Java House’s recent expansion into the space next door) I find myself in a pleasant space painted a sophisticated charcoal gray with enlarged vintage photos of Iowa City hanging on the walls. It has the feel of being decorated by a Midwesterner who loves catalogs […]

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