Thought Chowhounders might like an update on Iowa City. We moved here in 1994. Here goes:
CAFE DODICI-In Washington, IA 45 minutes but worth the drive. Maybe the best restaurant in SE Iowa. Italian. Small but beautifully decorated. Owners moved here from Italy.
THE SALOON-Very unique Mexican food. Try shrimp fajitas. The best.
VESTA-Next to the Marriott . Try the lamb shanks. The best restaurant in town.
BREAD GARDEN-Great for sandwiches and soups. Try Tuscan tomato soup.
JIMMYJACKS RIB SHACK-Lots of BBQ at the right price.
HAMBURG INN-Every college town has one. Hangover food and plenty of it.
PAGLIAI'S-Pizza is a very personal thing but this place is an icon in Iowa City.
THAI SPICE-The name says it.
TAKANAMI-Fusion Japanese. Pretty good. Nice atmosphere.
MOTLEY COW-Big on fresh, local ingredients. A little noisy.
MICKEY'S-Fun casual place. Big college hangout. Also noisy.
LA REYNA-A little family Mexican place on a side street. Fresh Mexican food-not out of a can.
IGUANA'S GRILL-In North Liberty. Good Mexican
GRAZE-A cocktail lounge with nice small portions. Very creative. Nice atmosphere.
BOB'S YOUR UNCLE-Decent casual food. I like the pizza.
AOESHE-Big menu. Korean, Japanese, Chinese. My favorite bento box.
OX YOKE INN-Near the Amanas. All the Amana restaurants are alike--meat, potatoes
and overcooked vegetables
LOST PORTALES-From an El Paso can.
LINN STREET CAFE-Used to be good but same menu since 1994 at least.
JOSEPH'S-An overpriced steak and chop house with ho-hum food
IOWA RIVER POWER-The most beautiful restaurant location in Iowa City and the worst food.