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Devotay in Iowa City

Mick | Nov 7, 200504:42 PM

I just had a fantastic meal at Devotay in Iowa City.

It was a little hard to find, on Linn Street between Market & Jefferson, but it had plenty of parking on the street and a small lot behind the building.

Devotay is a tiny place, about 45 seats. They specialize in Tapas, but it's a quirky, ecclectic place that mixes the extremely traditional with influences from all over. The linens, silver & china are all mismatched, and I understand that Kim Friese, one of the owners, makes a lot of the plates, bowls and mugs by hand (she's a potter).

We had a selection of tapas, including a traditional tortilla espanola served with a not so traditional aioli, then a locally baked bread called "fougasse" (Devotay puts LOTS of emphasis on the whole "buy local" thing), followed by a sherry-glazed chorizo and "alcachofas," marinated artichokes.

We ordered 2 big paellas, full of saffron rice, shellfish, sausage and a local, organic chicken. Tomatoes, peppers, peas, olives, whole garlic confit - just fantastic.

I highly recommend this restaurant, voted "Best in the Area" in TWO separate area newspaper readers' surveys in 2005, to anyone in the IC area.

It's at 117 N Linn, 319-354-1001


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