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The second largest city in Iowa, Cedar Rapids is already renowned for being a thriving arts and culture hub. But it’s also getting increasing praise for its exciting restaurant scene, including the state’s only Cuban restaurant. Here are 10 local favorites to choose between.
A restaurant and bar, The Irish Democrat is a great spot for a casual, relaxed dinner or wholesome lunch with a game of pool. The bare brick walls and wooden tables and booths create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere and the bar area provides a place to sit for those who just want a drink. Stop by at lunch to try the gourmet soup of the day or a signature salad such as the strawberry poppy seed salad or the maytag grilled chicken cobb salad. For those after something a little heartier at dinner time, go for the slow-smoked hickory baby-back ribs in a barbecue sauce or the tarragon buttered sirloin. Burgers, sandwiches and pizzas are on the menu in abundance too.
The Irish Democrat, 3207 1st Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, +1 319 364 9896
Offering an intimate dining experience, Zins specializes in small plates, perfect for sharing. Dress up, make use of the valet parking and settle down for a beautiful meal with friends. Small plates include seared scallops, crispy kale, lamb lollipops, steak di burgo and wild rice crab cakes. There are also a couple of big plates too for those who aren’t very good at sharing food. Zins prides itself on serving fine wines by the glass so everyone can have the exact wine they wish even if it differs from the rest of their table. Open for Sunday brunch between 10am-2pm, visitors can stop by then to sample the omelettes, pancakes and chorizo and eggs. Reservations advised.
Zins, 227 2nd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, +1 319 363 9467
Turning food into art, Oyama Sushi is a Japanese restaurant plating up technicolored dishes to delight all of the senses. Guests can choose to sit at the sushi bar and choose a selection of rolls including spicy tuna, salmon and avocado, and yellowtail, or sit at a table and order from the kitchen dishes such as yaki soba, bento dinners and shrimp tempura. For something a little different, sit at a Hibachi table and have their own chef prepare a Teppanyaki feast of salmon, red snapper, filet mignon, scallops and lobster tails right before your eyes.
Oyama Sushi, 5350 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, +1 319 832 1800
Retro in style and delicious in taste, Cappy’s Pizzeria gives diners the choice between a delicious New York thin pizza, a firm favorite Chicago deep dish or a house special calzone, all of which are equally good. Sit at a retro vinyl table and order from a laminated classic rock album cover menu and then play with the Trivial Pursuit cards on the table while waiting for the pizza to arrive. Cappy’s is licensed and serves wine and beer, but is not open for lunch.
Cappy’s Pizzeria, 7037 C Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, +1 319 826 2625
In true Chicago style, Flying Wienie is all about the simple, yet highly sought after, hot dog. All dogs are freshly made under the Red Hot Chicago Brand and served with homemade chips and a choice of toppings including ketchup, mustard, onions, sweet relish, dill spears, tomatoes, mayo, kraut, peanut butter and spicy peppers. For those not so keen on the dog option, Flying Wienie also offers a range of sandwiches including pulled pork, chicken chunks and BBQ beef, and fries can be swapped for a second dog instead. If the weather’s nice Flying Wienie will prepare diners with a picnic to take away with them and true hot dog fans can buy their favorite sausage variety by the foot.
Flying Wienie, 103 8th Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, +1 319 861 3036