Founded in 2012, Backpocket Brewing Company specializes in German-inspired, handcrafted brews complemented by a tasty array of food. Within a spacious, open interior — 3,000 square feet — or outdoor patio, beer lovers can sample one (or more) of the 13 craft brews on tap. These include the Penny Whistle Hefeweizen with hints of clove and cinnamon, the Gold Coin Helles, a classic blond, plus specialty and seasonal varieties. As for tasty eats, the menu features appetizers, soups, and salads, including the giant soft pretzel served with spicy mustard and smoked gouda beer dip, plus pizzas, flatbreads, and sweet treats. Open every day, Backpocket offers free tours of the production facility weekdays at 6:30pm.
Backpocket Brewing Company, 903 Quarry Rd., Coralville, IA, USA, +1 319 466 4444
Have a craving for a big bowl of steaming pho? Pho Zaika is the place to go for this comforting dish. While specializing in pho, the venue also offers several other Vietnamese recipes that are sure to make mouths water. Open Tuesday through Saturday for both lunch and dinner, Pho Zaika’s notable dishes include the pho, which includes a choice of meat in a flavorful broth with rice noodles, onion, green onion, cilantro, and served with bean sprouts and sweet basil. It also offers the hearty com tam, which is rice with a pork chop marinated in garlic and fish sauce then grilled, a fried egg, a slice of egg-and-pork meatloaf, fresh cucumber, shredded pork skin, dipping sauce, and broth.
Pho Zaika, 2020 8th St., Coralville, IA, USA, +1 319 383 3953