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LV Recommends: Five area restaurants that have stood the test of time

Five tried and true restaurants with a history and reputation as impressive as their offerings. Pagliai’s Pizza 302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City This Northside Iowa City landmark has a hefty fanbase of regular diners. The restaurant’s front windows display the kitchen at work and on the inside, the big booths provide a prime seat […]

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Local producer Agri-Cultured Foods heals customers with fermented foods

We tend to think of our food as something we put into our bodies, as something totally separate from our bodies. But what if our food was actually alive? And what if our food became a part of our bodies after eating? […]

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LV Recommends: Standout Eastern Iowa sandwiches

Sandwich: noun, an item of food consisting of pieces of bread with meat, cheese, or other filling between them, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type. These standout sammies deserve your attention. Oasis Falafel 206 N Linn St, Iowa City […]

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How Pig & Porter Chef Matt Melone makes time for family dinner

Matt Melone worked all day in the kitchen, and he’ll work more tomorrow. It’s December, an especially busy time of year at Pig & Porter, the downtown Cedar Rapids restaurant Matt co-founded with his business partner, Will Monk. Outside, the temperature sits below freezing. “I see people I work with more than I see my […]

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LV Recommends: Bingeworthy shows and food pairings from area restaurants

Nothing goes better with an evening in than Netflix and takeout. You don’t have to default to the nearest pizza chain or Chinese restaurant, though; pair these tasty local offerings with your favorite Netflix original for a satisfying binge experience. […]

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LV Recommends: Notable restaurant newbies in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area

Looking for something new? These eight new restaurants deserve a spot on your short-list. Maggie’s Farm Pizza 1308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City A long-time NewBo and Iowa City Farmer’s Market favorite, Maggie’s Farm Pizza opened their independent brick and mortar restaurant on the west side of Iowa City in August 2017. In collaboration with local […]

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2018 Guide: A-Z Restaurants in the Iowa City area and Cedar Rapids

Use this index as a guide to find your next favorite meal. This exhaustive list of restaurants, bars, cafés and bistros covers a range of budgets and a multitude of palates—there truly is something for everyone here. Price range is indicated on a scale of $ to $$$$ and accounts for each establishment’s average price […]

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The Wedge and Red Pepper Deli are now serving breakfast

The Wedge Pizzeria used to serve a popular breakfast menu at its Ped Mall location that closed in 2014, and now that breakfast is back. This time The Wedge’s S. Riverside Dr. location will be serving breakfast in collaboration with Red Pepper Deli & Grill. The two restaurants share a building and an owner, Steve […]

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Deluxe Cakes and Pastries set to re-open Tuesday

If you’re a regular at this charming Longfellow neighborhood bakery, you’ve likely noticed some subtle changes both inside and out over the last year. After being closed for almost three weeks for the final phase of renovation, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries is set to reopen today with a fresh interior and plans in motion to launch expanded offerings. […]

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New restaurants and other changes on the local food scene in 2017

Fifteen restaurants — serving everything from burritos to bao — opened in the Iowa City area this year. Some were entirely new ventures, some belonged to local favorites that expanded (you no longer have to go downtown to get a pie shake). Taking a big step beyond its NewBo District coffee shop in Cedar Rapids, Brewhemia started distributing its nitro coffee throughout the corridor. And in Iowa City, a new, locally-owned food delivery was launched, to provide an alternative to big, national services like GrubHub. […]

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