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Reaper16
11-02-2010, 08:35 PM
I'm bumrushing the land of the Hawkeyes Wednesday through Sunday for a Creative Nonfiction conference. I plan on eviscerating Dirty John's of their Fantome and Cantillon beer stock while I'm at it. But I need places to eat, too.

So I ask you, Planet Iowanians/Iowegians, where should I be eating In Iowa City? I will have a car, if that helps.

xoxo,
Reaper

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:38 PM
I'd leave that city. Immediately.

Buck
11-02-2010, 08:38 PM
Shit, have you ever been to Iowa? I don't think they have restaurants.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings.

Reaper16
11-02-2010, 08:40 PM
Shit, have you ever been to Iowa? I don't think they have restaurants.
Coastal bias. :harumph:

I'd leave that city. Immediately.
I've been to Ames. It doesn't have room to talk.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:41 PM
I hear Christophers is nice.

Buck
11-02-2010, 08:41 PM
Coastal bias. :harumph:


I've been to Ames. It doesn't have room to talk.

What? I've been to Iowa. I literally think the only restaurant I saw was in the back of a gas station, and it wasn't anything like OK Joes either.

eazyb81
11-02-2010, 08:41 PM
Get in the car and drive to Des Moines for some Tasty Tacos.

Jewish Rabbi
11-02-2010, 08:42 PM
What? I've been to Iowa. I literally think the only restaurant I saw was in the back of a gas station, and it wasn't anything like OK Joes either.

:facepalm:

Jewish Rabbi
11-02-2010, 08:43 PM
Get in the car and drive to Des Moines for some Tasty Tacos.

There's one in Iowa City, I believe.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:43 PM
When I was there for the Penn State game my friends GF brought home some Pizza Ranch.. it was pretty good. But I had been drinking heavily before that. I think I just had Taco Bell the night before when I was there too... Oh and McDonalds.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:44 PM
Lone Star. In Coraville I think.. I haven't been to that one but the one in Waterloo is good.

Buck
11-02-2010, 08:47 PM
:facepalm:

That may have even been in Missouri or Nebraska. It's possible that in my time in Iowa I didn't see a single building that didn't have to do with corn or coal.

Pablo
11-02-2010, 08:49 PM
When I was there for the Penn State game my friends GF brought home some Pizza Ranch.. it was pretty good. But I had been drinking heavily before that. I think I just had Taco Bell the night before when I was there too... Oh and McDonalds.If you name off any more chain restaurants, Reaper is going to choke you right the fuck out through his monitor.

I'm fairly certain he'd appreciate some Mom 'n Pop local joints that are unique to the city.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:50 PM
Its possible when I was in Cali, I didn't see a single white guy that wasn't gay and high. If they weren't that, theres a pretty good chance they were illegal immigrants.

Just saying.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:51 PM
If you name off any more chain restaurants, Reaper is going to choke you right the fuck out through his monitor.

I'm fairly certain he'd appreciate some Mom 'n Pop local joints that are unique to the city.

I ate some pretty good food while tailgating there too.. but I cooked it so of course.

DeezNutz
11-02-2010, 08:51 PM
I'm fairly certain he'd appreciate some Mom 'n Pop local joints that are unique to the city.

So he could bitch about the buffet, compare it to dog shit, and give it a terrible review on foodadvocate.com?

I don't want that on my conscience.

GloryDayz
11-02-2010, 08:52 PM
#1 - "Iowa River Power"... Grilled fresh tuna was awesome...

#2 - "The Mill"... Try the Mill Lasagna... Pretty darn good IMO..

Buck
11-02-2010, 08:53 PM
Its possible when I was in Cali, I didn't see a single white guy that wasn't gay and high. If they weren't that, theres a pretty good chance they were illegal immigrants.

Just saying.

I was just kidding bro.

*cries*

Edit: Well I was only half kidding. When I was in Iowa I didn't see shit, but I was never in a city, and I was only in Iowa for like less than an hour. Ask Bugeater, he'd know. I think Council Bluffs was the only city I even went through.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:55 PM
India Café
Colony Inn
Brown Bottle
Old Chicago
The Summit
Red Avocado
Iowa River Power Company
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub.

I also seen some pretty good looking places when I was wondering around downtown... and I have no idea if I just mentioned one of them or not.

RustShack
11-02-2010, 08:56 PM
I was just kidding bro.

*cries*

Edit: Well I was only half kidding. When I was in Iowa I didn't see shit, but I was never in a city, and I was only in Iowa for like less than an hour. Ask Bugeater, he'd know. I think Council Bluffs was the only city I even went through.

Me too :)

Council Bluffs is like connected to Omaha, which is Nebraska. So its understandable that their suck crossed the border a little.

Baconeater
11-02-2010, 08:57 PM
That may have even been in Missouri or Nebraska. It's possible that in my time in Iowa I didn't see a single building that didn't have to do with corn or coal.
It was Missouri, that was a truck stop in Rock Port.

BWillie
11-02-2010, 08:58 PM
You should definitely hit up the airliner and iowa river power restaurant. Also hit up the summit and pull some 18 yr old skeezers.

Buck
11-02-2010, 08:59 PM
It was Missouri, that was a truck stop in Rock Port.

Yeah I remember they had some kind of food challenge where if you could eat their monster breakfast it was free. Like 8 eggs, a pound of bacon, a pound of sausage, 6 biscuits and gravy, and a gallon of coffee...

Baconeater
11-02-2010, 08:59 PM
Me too :)

Council Bluffs is like connected to Omaha, which is Nebraska. So its understandable that their suck crossed the border a little.
Council Bluffs is just a dumpster where Omaha throws all their white trash.

shakesthecat
11-02-2010, 09:00 PM
Iowa River Power Company or The Lark are both pretty good. But you should really head up to Middle Amana about 30 minutes away and hit the Ox Yoke Inn for some top notch German food.

BWillie
11-02-2010, 09:06 PM
Council Bluffs is just a dumpster where Omaha throws all their white trash.

Hey man, Council Bluffs has some pretty cool casinos. But yeah, that place is shittier than Sewer City.

LaChapelle
11-02-2010, 09:08 PM
Make sure the bathroom corncorb still has the silk

Reaper16
11-02-2010, 09:14 PM
Thanks for the input, all. Red Avocado is probably a definite. Oasis Falafel, too.

Is Hamburg Inn overrated? Should I be going there or The Mill for greasy American food?

shakesthecat
11-02-2010, 09:23 PM
Just head down to the Ped Mall

Demonpenz
11-02-2010, 09:26 PM
10 point bonus for skeezers

Mr. Flopnuts
11-02-2010, 09:28 PM
Find some good Chinese food.

Phobia
11-02-2010, 09:29 PM
Friend of mine owns the Yacht Club - quality music acts there. Plus you can sample some of my hometown brews from http://www.peacetreebrewing.com/ while there. Can't vouch for their food. Don't even know if they serve any.

Extra Point
11-02-2010, 09:32 PM
Kimball's isn't a good place at all, from what I've heard.

Simply Red
11-02-2010, 10:06 PM
Buffalo Wild Wings.

Alpo ^

Simply Red
11-02-2010, 10:09 PM
FWIW, I'd rather swallow one-third cup (heaping) colored, assorted, push-pins -vs- consuming anything at Buffalo Wild Wing.

BossChief
11-02-2010, 10:21 PM
India Café
Colony Inn
Brown Bottle
Old Chicago
The Summit
Red Avocado
Iowa River Power Company
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub.

I also seen some pretty good looking places when I was wondering around downtown... and I have no idea if I just mentioned one of them or not.

You should definitely hit up the airliner and iowa river power restaurant. Also hit up the summit and pull some 18 yr old skeezers.

these are good choices for staying in town.

For me though, I LOVE going to the Amana Colonies and my fav is the Brick Haus out there.

The owner will likely greet you at the door (old charming individual) and you will probably be served by some of the prettiest gals you'll see while in Iowa. GREAT food every time Ive been there as well. It's a little drive from Iowa City though.

There is a whole area there that has some really cool, old style gift shops that you can pick up some really unique items. Great chocolate and fudge shops too.

How long you gonna be in these parts?

Jenson71
11-02-2010, 10:31 PM
Thanks for the input, all. Red Avocado is probably a definite. Oasis Falafel, too.

Is Hamburg Inn overrated? Should I be going there or The Mill for greasy American food?

Hamburg Inn for breakfast is pretty popular. I'd check it out. I have and it's a fine place. I sat in Reagan's booth. Not by choice.

Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack is pretty good if you want to try Iowa's homage to Kansas City bbq. It's like Gates or Arthur Bryant's where you order up front, get your stuff, sit down at a dirty table and eat tender meat for cheap.

Sushi is huge around here. You can't go a block downtown without seeing some small, indy Sushi place. Thai, too, seems very popular.

My favorite pizza place is Sams deep dish. Very Chicago-like.

And Panchero's is a chain (not sure how far it stretches), but it started in IC, and the original is still down there across the street from the Old Capitol. It's a big deal in some circles. They do burritos.

And since you'll be downtown, enjoy the Ped-mall. Do yourself the favor and go to Prairie Lights Books and/or the Haunted Bookshop.

Jenson71
11-02-2010, 10:32 PM
The Airliner is popular, but I don't like it.

patteeu
11-02-2010, 10:40 PM
Have Jenson71 cook something up for you.

Jewish Rabbi
11-02-2010, 10:42 PM
Have Jenson71 cook something up for you.

Except UNI is in Cedar Falls... Unless he moved ...

patteeu
11-02-2010, 10:42 PM
Have Jenson71 cook something up for you.

Although on second thought, Jenson71 refused to meet up with SHTSPRAYER when he was living in the NYC area so maybe Jenson71 doesn't like face to face experiences with planeteers.

patteeu
11-02-2010, 10:43 PM
Except UNI is in Cedar Falls... Unless he moved ...

Oh, well maybe that's an issue. I was thinking he was going to Iowa.

Jewish Rabbi
11-02-2010, 10:44 PM
Oh, well maybe that's an issue. I was thinking he was going to Iowa.

Must not be a Jayhawk then :D

aturnis
11-02-2010, 11:11 PM
Good call on hitting up John's Grocery. Where you coming from? Been here before? Better hit up the nightlife while you're in town. Fantastic women in town.

Anyway, Bob's Your Uncle is supposed to have great pizza. The Vine is good, but not too unique. I like Wigg & Penn, their italian sausage sandwich is nice and spicy, and their mozzarella fries are AWESOME, don't forget the ranch...

Hungry Hobo is damned good on the cheap. Baked potato meals, chili or taco are damned good. The Pizza Pit, the Mill's alright.

Check and see what bands will be in town while you're there also.

aturnis
11-02-2010, 11:14 PM
Friend of mine owns the Yacht Club - quality music acts there. Plus you can sample some of my hometown brews from http://www.peacetreebrewing.com/ while there. Can't vouch for their food. Don't even know if they serve any.

I think they do serve some food. If I remember right, last time I was there to see Splitlip Rayfield, I got some grub.

Tell them to do something about the smelly hippies, we left the last show b/c it stunk so damned bad.

Jenson71
11-02-2010, 11:19 PM
Although on second thought, Jenson71 refused to meet up with SHTSPRAYER when he was living in the NYC area so maybe Jenson71 doesn't like face to face experiences with planeteers.

I have a very high-pitched voice that I prefer not to share.

No, no. I met stevieray at a chiefs game several years ago. But SHTSPRAYER? First of all, I had no car in NJ, and I wasn't going to call a taxi just to go to SHT's Friday morning Bible study, in God knows where, for some person I only know as an insane person on the internet. No interest in that.

I would be honored to bake you up some ziti w/ Sunday gravy, Reaper. In fact, if you would like to watch the Chiefs game at my place, you are more than welcome. And we can watch Twilight afterward.

Yes, UNI was my home for four years. I've graduated from there and now I attend Iowa.

Mr. Flopnuts
11-02-2010, 11:34 PM
I have a very high-pitched voice that I prefer not to share.

No, no. I met stevieray at a chiefs game several years ago. But SHTSPRAYER? First of all, I had no car in NJ, and I wasn't going to call a taxi just to go to SHT's Friday morning Bible study, in God knows where, for some person I only know as an insane person on the internet. No interest in that.

I would be honored to bake you up some ziti w/ Sunday gravy, Reaper. In fact, if you would like to watch the Chiefs game at my place, you are more than welcome. And we can watch Twilight afterward.

Yes, UNI was my home for four years. I've graduated from there and now I attend Iowa.

I probably wouldn't have made the drive, but Twilight afterward sealed the deal. See you Sunday.

patteeu
11-02-2010, 11:46 PM
I have a very high-pitched voice that I prefer not to share.

No, no. I met stevieray at a chiefs game several years ago. But SHTSPRAYER? First of all, I had no car in NJ, and I wasn't going to call a taxi just to go to SHT's Friday morning Bible study, in God knows where, for some person I only know as an insane person on the internet. No interest in that.

I would be honored to bake you up some ziti w/ Sunday gravy, Reaper. In fact, if you would like to watch the Chiefs game at my place, you are more than welcome. And we can watch Twilight afterward.

Yes, UNI was my home for four years. I've graduated from there and now I attend Iowa.

ROFL

RustShack
11-03-2010, 12:00 AM
Theres a lot of pussy you can pick up in IC.

patteeu
11-03-2010, 12:01 AM
Theres a lot of pussy you can pick up in IC.

Jenson71 is trying to snag some with zita and Twilight. :D

RustShack
11-03-2010, 12:04 AM
Shouldn't be too hard. When I was there most guys seemed Asian or retarded.

Reaper16
11-03-2010, 05:20 AM
Jenson71 is trying to snag some with zita and Twilight. :D
This is even funnier for my Facebook friends, who know what my profile pic is at the moment.

patteeu
11-03-2010, 07:03 AM
This is even funnier for my Facebook friends, who know what my profile pic is at the moment.

Post it.

DTLB58
11-03-2010, 07:08 AM
My son is a server/Bartender at Buffalo Wild Wings on campus. Great food and lots of stuff going on. If you want to watch any game while your eating they have tons of tv's there. :thumb:

TRR
11-03-2010, 07:14 AM
If you want to go fancy-ish I suggest...
Joseph's
Brown Bottle
Chef's Table
Orchard Green
Lynn Street Cafe

If you want to go a bit more casual I would suggest...
Mondo's Tomato Pie
The Vine
Oyama
Three Samurai
Rib Shack
Which Which

Always some good concerts in Iowa City/Coralville on the weekends as well!
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tooge
11-03-2010, 07:15 AM
Non fiction conference? When did they start reading and writing in Iowa or was that just the most central location?

patteeu
11-03-2010, 07:49 AM
Non fiction conference? When did they start reading and writing in Iowa or was that just the most central location?

Writing has been pretty big at Iowa for quite a while.

http://www.uiowa.edu/~iww/

Reaper16
11-04-2010, 09:52 PM
Non fiction conference? When did they start reading and writing in Iowa or was that just the most central location?
Iowa City is one of only three UNESCO Cities of Literature in the entire world. It has been a literary capital for decades and decades.

Simply Red
11-04-2010, 11:13 PM
Iowa City is one of only three UNESCO Cities of Literature in the entire world. It has been a literary capital for decades and decades.

yeah but, have you ever had their god-damned kettle corn?

Mr. Flopnuts
11-04-2010, 11:15 PM
This is even funnier for my Facebook friends, who know what my profile pic is at the moment.

LMAO I was lolleradding at that a few days ago.