The Coffee Works: The Best Coffee in Town
it has become a local institution and the owner is an artist/photographer who has seen a fair bit of the world. It is also a bit sentimental for me, since this is where I met my good friend Steve Avery , one day long ago when I saw him reading Sunday New York Times.
New York Times? In Sioux City?
The owner of the coffee shop is very friendly and can make you a mean good cup of coffee..
It is a very pleasant place to sit and relax and read and browse the net if you wish
Favorite Dish: During the Lunchtime it can get crowded because there are soups and sandwiches on the offer
Bev s on the River: Nice Location and Good Decor for Sew..City
iPossibly the best restaurant in Sioux City which once boasted many good restaurants. Right now fast food and garbage restaurants outnumber "real" food at least 20 to 1.
Excellent location by the river, high ceilinged, fairly new building, a Hilton Garden Inn opening recently next door. polite if somewhat non so saavy waiters and food some of the best in Sioux City.
The best deal was that on wednesday night ( i didnt know it) the wines in bottles are only half price, so you could drink Constancia Malbec from mendoza for just 11 dollars.. what a steal..
Favorite Dish: I went there with my dining partner..
we started with large shrimps in garlic sauce
then shared two types of appetizers.. meat strips in cajun sauce and avacado salad.. believe it or not , just three side dishes were enough.. we were full alright.. and i wonder how some americans can then pack in a steak after that
the menus was weighed towards meat
small wine selection but many available as bottles and reasonably priced
if you can dine outdoors on a sunny day or summers day, it would even be better, but by the end of september it was already cold in the early evening to dine out
Cafe Danh: yet another good meal at Cafe Danh
Now that I know Vietnam better, I really look forward to eating the best vietnamese food for miles around in this desolate part of the world: Cafe Danh
usually I ask the lady to fix me something, this time she chose to make some bun bo hue.
the very next day I invited some Indians from nearby tribes to have lunch and they liked hu tiu, bun gao xao and bun bi. in the past they have also preferred Pho.
Favorite Dish: bun gao xao
bun bo hue
cafe su nong
Hunan House: You call this Chinese food?
To call this food Chinese is an insult to the billion odd chinese living in China. This is a cookbook chinese meal made by some immigrant from central america, working under clandestine conditions.
The food had very little flavour, asked for extra hot, came back very very mild, no particular taste.
But a great place to sit and talk to friends so we spent two hours undisturbed by anyone and the 10 usd per head was worth it for the privacy and silence. The rather rotund waitresses left us alone as well apart from the one usual: is every thing alright?
Favorite Dish: I looked through the menu every thing sounded rubbery and generic, I ordered extra hot hunan shrimp and when it came, the shrimp had been long deceased and had a bland taste to it. I wouldnt call this chinese food, some american concoction that is all.
as I said, a quiet place to sit and talk with friends and three of us enjoyed a sunday evening there with very few other people eating ( may be the sioux city people have found out?).
Cafe Danh: A good Vietnamese Meal
In my opinion, this is the only restaurant in Sioux City where the food is healthy and not poisonous ( Daves BBQ and Hu Hot, two recently opened and touted restaurants will kill you with their high chemical food).
Favorite Dish: Bun Ga Xao
DAily Grind: Coffee Shop...
Not very worldly but locals working at the coffee shops make the coffee, thank god the machines do all the work otherwise we will be up the creek.. On my first vsiit, the girl behind the counter asks me: Do you know what a capuccino is? that is perhaps most people in sioux city do not know what a capuccino is
not pretentious. good place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee .. in its usual incarnations
Favorite Dish: What i like about this place is that there is wi fi high speed internet access here in the cafe. so while sipping your favourite beverage you could surf the web as well.
I cant think of another place in sioux city where there is free wi fi..
yesterday ended the annual pow wow of the omaha indians and the weather is delightful, so to sit and sip coffee, surf the web and read.. does not matter which city you are in, even if it is non descript as this one
Lucianos in the historic fourth street district: Good Location, mediocre food
The menus is incredibly Unremarkable. nothing catches your attention. the dishes are the kind you could prepare at home.
Lucianos teach you that you go out to dinner to be with friends and talk and not enjoying the food.
there seems to be a snob appeal to this restaurant. The owner informed me that every night there are doctors are in the restaurant eating ( perhaps that in itself is a bad recommendation!)
also the restaurant is owned by the chairman of the republican party of Iowa
Favorite Dish: We started off on a good footing with a Shiraz from Wolf Blass, Green Label. very drinkable.
The waitress was very nervous since this was her first day as a waitress and this is the first ever wine bottle she had opened! of course she spilled it.. but a sweet young woman who had been displaced from her home state.
the seared salmon was dry beyond recognition. neither of us could finish our meal.
the prices are rather high for this economically depressed region
Cafe Danh THE Vietnamese Restaurant: Good Viet Tucker
The owners..both escaped in a boat and spent one year in Malaysian camps before coming to Sioux City about twenty years ago... welcome you wholeheartedly when you enter this spacious vietnamese restaurant in Pierce Street in Sioux City. There are always some student or other helping them out and you could always practice a little bit of your vietnamese with them. The owners are very friendly and over the years, begin to prepare the dishes to your taste
Favorite Dish: Bun Ga Xao rice sticks with lemon grass and chicken
Pho the north vietnamese soup with various types of ingredients
The stir frys are good but too much to eat.
Four of us had our blood sugar taken before and after our lunch at Cafe Danh and not surprisingly the post prandial blood sugar had not risen as would be expected if you had eaten american food ( high caloric content ). So the food at Cafe Danh is certified healthy by us even for people with Diabetes!
Da Kao Cafe: Home cooked Vietnamese food
The head waiter is as unfriendly as they come. the owner and his wife are reasonably friendly but not overflowing, mind you. Daughter who waits the table occasionally, has inherited the unfriendliness...
But the food is good, and in the authentic south vietnamese tradition..
Favorite Dish: com ga xao or any of the noodle soups
Da Kao Vietnamese restaurant: Da Kao Vietnamese restaurant
and they deliver! We have a growing Vietnamese community in Sioux City. Across from the restaurant is a great Asian grocery where you can buy lots of things that you don't normally find in an Iowa city of this size.
Favorite Dish: all of the Vietnamese soups are good and I always order the fresh spring rolls.
La Hacienda Mexican restaurant
La Hacienda Mexican restaurant
It is really authentic Mexican food and the atmosphere feels very Central American. The wait staff generally speak Spanish, but they have menus in English. There are also sometimes bands that play there or DJ dances. And it is very cheap - the tacos (the small, authentic kind) are $1.00 each. Order a few with a side of arroz y frijoles.
Favorite Dish: La Hacienda Especial, tacos de asada, y los frijoles.
Milwaukee Wiener House Number...
Milwaukee Wiener House Number 1
This is an 1950s style restaurant run by the original Greek family that opened it. Order at the counter where you can watch your food being prepared. Sit at a booth along the wall where you can read up on the history of the business and the area.
Favorite Dish: The chili dogs here are fabulous - order 2 or 3. They also serve ice cold soda in the bottle with a straw. This is the best greasy joint in the area.
Coyote Canyon: Food good for Coyotes but not Humans
The food is so awful here, and i couldnt refuse the polite invitation of a local, ate a little bit but an interesting place to observe american obesity
Favorite Dish: Not very much healthy here really
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