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A proudly Iowan city on the shore of the Mississippi River, Davenport surprises visitors with its inviting and diverse culinary scene. From Italian, Mexican or Thai to breweries and American steakhouses, eating out in Davenport can be an ongoing feast. We pick the hot spots to try while you’re here.
A great choice for Mexican cuisine enthusiasts, Chipotle is also a must-try for responsible food aficionados. Chipotle prides itself on its use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, certified ingredients and a traditional cooking style. Its specialties include the stars of Mexican gastronomy: burritos, crispy and soft tacos, fresh chips and hand-mashed guacamole.
Chipotle, 5270 Elmore Avenue, Suite 3, Davenport, IA, USA, +1 563 484 3293
Thunder Bay Grille is one of the most beloved and local restaurants in Davenport. Its popular Sunday brunch brings to the table cheesy grits, fried shrimp, jambalaya, beef tips stroganoff, super-thick bacon, waffle bars and berries in yoghurt. On regular days you can indulge in their crab cake sliders, warm goat’s cheese salad or pepper-seared salmon salad, their signature chicken Tchoupitoulas and their tempting ‘small plates’: quesa fundido (melted cheese), tuna crostini, crispy calamari, buffalo wings, beer battered shrimp or coconut shrimp
Thunder Bay Grille, 6511 Brady Street, Davenport, IA, USA, +1 563 386 2722
Exotic Thai is one of the top restaurants in Davenport and the perfect choice for Asian cuisine fans. Its menu brings the very best exotic Thai dishes such as grilled shrimp papaya salad, scallion sauté or peppercorn chicken. Specialities include the homemade roasted duck and the curry kang som, a flavorful curry dish served with shrimp or tofu and pineapple, and a mix of green beans, Napa cabbage and chilli peppers.
Exotic Thai, 2303 East 53rd Street, Davenport, IA, USA, +1 563 344 0909
Known as the best place in town for ice cream, Whitey’s Ice Cream is an unmissable stop for frozen yoghurts and shakes too. A family business for over 80 years, Whitey’s Ice Cream was named ‘Best in Midwest’ and is a sure choice for those wishing to try a rich variety of upside-down shakes and malts. For the nostalgic, White’s Ice Cream offers the flavours ‘that started it all’ such as brownie, butter finger, black cherry, Oreo or Snickers.
Whitey’s Ice Cream, 1230 West Locust Street, Davenport, IA, USA, +1 563 322 0828
Located in downtown Davenport, Barrel House 211 is one of the youngest restaurants in town, but an excellent choice to enjoy a great meal. Offering the complete American experience, Barrel House 211 aims to create ‘food that lifts your spirits’. This ambitious goal translates through a menu that includes chicken twists with blue cheese tossed in their signature ‘boom boom’ sauce alongside Barrel House’s signature draft beer.
Barrel House 211, 211 E. 2nd St, Davenport, IA, USA, +1 563 424 2031