Ox Yoke Restaurants: Real German Cuisine
Get your own plate or do the typical family style. German cuisine is like mom makes. Yummy.
The staff are friendly and the food is good.
Is located in Amana Colonys.
In 1855 a group of Germans came here seeking religious freedom. Had communal life until years back. But the shops are still up and down the streets with unique gifts and homemade wines.So eat here and then go shopping down the many streets of stores.
Favorite Dish: Roast beef, Kasseler Rippchen Chop, Knackwurst
This place serves noodles of all kinds and with many kinds of sauces. I think they may have branched out into varieties of rice as well. They have a fun window seat to watch the goings on in downtown Iowa City.
Favorite Dish: I like the peanut noodles with extra vegetables. It is like pad-thai, but quicker.
Taste - Bistro on Melrose: Grocery Store Turned Gourmet Restaurant
A nice restaurant that is actually in the small town of University Heights (in the middle of Iowa City). It used to be a grocery store, but they've dressed it up while still keeping a utilitarian ambiance. Outside of the downtown area so it is easy to park right outside. They offer half portion entrees for those with small apetites or wallets.
Favorite Dish: The best thing they make is their bread salad. It has large crusty pieces of bread, slices of ripe tomatoes, and cubes of fresh mozzarella; all soaked in a flavorful vinagrette. The bread they serve at the beginning is also not to be missed because of the flavored butters they offer with it. They have a good molten chocolate cake and sometimes they have fresh banana ice cream.
The Red Avocado: Incredible Organic Vegetarian Food
Iowa City's only all organic vegetarian restaurant. Great food at reasonable prices. Friendly and conscious environment. Outdoor and indoor seating, weekend lunch buffet, full lunch and dinner menus. Daily specials, locally produced ingredients, fresh squeezed juices, no genetically modified foods, no TVs.
Favorite Dish: Cashew Coconut Stir Fry - Truly Awesome! Great spicy sauce and fresh veggies with either tempeh or tofu (they're both great).
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Pagliai's: Pizza Pie
Excellent local pizza establishment. The best pizza in Iowa in my opinion. Their homeade sausage is really good. They also make the pizzas on a counter in the front window, which is fun to see. This is a non-smoking restaurant. They serve a few types of beer. They don't deliver.
I would finish your meal by walking south on Linn St to the video store on the corner and buy a chocolate malt from their soda fountain.
Favorite Dish: Palace Special is my favorite pizza. It is sausage, pepperoni, onion, and mushroom.
One Twenty Six: Wolfgang Puck is jealous
126 is a great Bistro that offers a lot of taste for the money. One of the most expensive restaurants in town, but worth it. Lunch is actually not too expensive. The ambiance is wonderful, and on nice days they open essentially the entire exterior wall so you can enjoy the fresh air.
Favorite Dish: Hmm.. I actually haven't dined there enough to have a favorite dish, but everything I've tried has been wonderful. If they have fish, order it without hesitation.
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The Bread Garden: The Bread Garden
It has a great cafe atmosphere. When you enter you drool over the fine desserts and breads in the display cases. The deli food is extremely reasonably priced, and the desserts and breads are very cheap for how wonderful they are.
Favorite Dish: I have something different every time: it's all fabulous!
Old Chicago: Good pizza here too!
Old Chicago on the Coralville strip (west of Iowa City) has excellent pizzas and sandwiches. It's a chain, but it's really good too.
Favorite Dish: PIZZA
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