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It’s no secret that Iowans, like most Midwesterners, like to eat. But the classic farm-food favorites of our area — steak, potatoes and corn — have been shaken up. Though we still love our prairie staples, Cedar Rapids is home to a vibrant culinary scene that features flavors from around the world.
Along with this variety, though, sometimes it can be a challenge to make up your mind. Even when you get to one of our famous eateries, you might not know what to order.
Well, get ready to add a few lines to your bucket list, because the following five meals are among the best you’ll find in Cedar Rapids.
Remember how we said dining in Iowa was changing from the old days of steak and potatoes? Well, that’s not entirely true. This painfully tasty dish shows what can happen when you give an old favorite a makeover. With barbecued carrots, beef jus, watercress, and shallot rings gracing the plate, it’s a meal to savor with one of the many delicious beers or wines available.
Comfort food, anyone? If you’re looking to taste a little reminder of childhood, get in line for one of Ramsey’s famous grilled cheese sandwiches. Served on thick-cut Vienna bread, these sandwiches feature a number of different cheeses, including smoked Gouda, Brie, Havarti, Cheddar and good old American. It’s a grown-up’s meal disguised as a kid’s treat. And if you'd like, you can order a glass of wine to mix it all up.
Nachos at Daisy's Garage ($11.89). You can't go wrong with any item on the menu at Daisy's Garage but the Nacho's are out of this world. You can choose between 4 different, incredible varations: Daisy's, Porker, Philly and Clucker. Pepperjack cheese, tender pot roast, pico de Gallo, black olives and jalapeño's complete the Daisy's version. The Porker is topped with pepper jack cheese, bbq pork, tomato onion and jalapeño's while the Philly is graced with homemade cheese sauce, cheddar jack, delicately shaved ribeye, jalapeño's grilled onions and green pepper. Finally, the Clucker, is composed of blackened chicken, cheddar cheese, black olives, jalapeño's and pico de Gallo. All nacho variations are served with cheese, sour cream and green onions. Good luck deciding which option to order!
Ben Pow Salad at Zeppelins Bar & Grill ($12.95). Do you ever crave cheese wontons, but still want the financial and dietary benefits of ordering off the "salad" section of the menu? The Ben Pow at Zeppelins has your covered! In addition to deliciously fried wontons, this hearty salad boasts chicken, fresh carrots and cucumbers, plus crunchy noodles, sesame seeds, and almonds, all on a bed of fresh herbs and romaine, and drizzled with peanut sauce and honey mustard for good measure.
Crunch Town Fish Nuggets at Black Sheep Social Club ($12). This hip downtown eatery pays homage to Cedar Rapids' cereal production prowess with a delicious appetizer that you won't find anywhere else! Sweet Cap'n Crunch Crunch Berries™ breading surrounds the savory fish nuggets, which are deep fried and served with a kick from signature Sriracha tartar sauce.
For more insight into why Cedar Rapids is such a great place to live (and eat), make sure to talk with aColdwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. They know the city and its housing market, and they can help you find a home you'll love.