Where a burger joint shares the walls of a 1920s shoe shine shop.

What do pie shakes, creamed corn and slabs of bacon have in common? They’re all part of the reason to visit Iowa City’s curious communities. Restaurants that have been around for generations to enjoy stand alongside others that have opened within the last few years – on both sides, these business owners have a dedication to their craft and offer high quality food and experiences. 
Looking for a new twist on an old favorite or something new and inventive all together? Options abound in whichever cuisine you favor. From comfort food and traditional staples to unexpected combinations coupled with the freshness of local ingredients, you’ll find it difficult to choose a single dining establishment that rises to the top. With dishes like burrata, tuna crisps and balsamic chicken flatbread, your taste buds are sure to be quite pleased.

Locals Love UsWhat does the icon mean? Locals Love Us starts with residents voting for their favorite places through an online survey. Locals want to share what they know and love about the community. Throughout our site and visitor guide you’ll see what our locals love distinguished by this icon.

Click here to see a list of restaurants open for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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