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good food along I 80

Additionally, because of the I-74 bridge construction Ross's will be moving to a new location in September 2015.

1 day ago
vitus979 in Great Plains

Breakfast in Burlington/Quad Cities?

Since my last post on this subject I've found out about two other locations, both of which are good.

Mulky's is a Rock Island staple just up the road from Ganson's. Kind of a local, older place. The breakfast is good in general, but like everyplace a few things aren't so good. The pancakes are great and the omelettes are good too. If you're not eating breakfast there, Mulky's is known for its Fried Chicken, which is great.

Another location that I've just come across is Quad Cities Coffee and Pancake. I've only been there twice, but I love their Biscuits and Gravy. Two of the people I've had breakfast with have been there much more often and they say a most of the breakfast menu is very good. The French Toast has been mentioned by a couple of friends. That might have to be my next order when I'm there. Portions are large and reasonably priced. I haven't gone to QC Coffee and Pancake enough to be definitive, but it may be the best breakfast in the QC.

Another change from my 2010 post. The Dessert Chef at Ganson's is not doing desserts anymore. The desserts are still good, but not the best in the Quad Cities like they used to be.

1 day ago
vitus979 in Great Plains

[Quad Cities] Le Figaro to close

http://qctimes.com/news/local/le-figa...

The owner is retiring and the buyer for the place fell through. Last day is June 30.

Ah, that's too bad. It's my favorite high end place in the Quad Cities. IMO Best ambiance and serving, and probably second best food (after the Red Crow). Now for a quiet restaurant I'll have to go to Steventons in Le Claire. :(

Jun 12, 2015
vitus979 in Great Plains

something fun in Des Moines??

Sorry I'm so late on this. If you want fun there are a couple tepenyaki places on the web side. Appare is good.

Also, for ambiance and some fun there's Zombie Burger downtown.

My favorite place on the West-ish side is probably Baru 66.

Apr 20, 2015
vitus979 in Great Plains

Dubuque Iowa

Vinny Vanucchi's Little Italy is a pretty stereotypical classical Italian -American kind of place. The food was serviceable and might be a suggestion if you've got people in your party who aren't into food or if you just want a safe Italian-American meal. Otherwise I'd suggest passing on it.

Mar 05, 2015
vitus979 in Great Plains

What is happening food wise in Iowa city?

30hop is pretty new. A friend liked it quite a bit, but I haven't tried it out.

Mar 05, 2015
vitus979 in Great Plains

[IA/IL] Quad Cities Restaurant Week March 2 - 8

http://www.qcrestaurantweek.com/

Some interesting restaurants appear to be taking part.

There are some locations I haven't heard of. Anybody know about the following restaurants?

Embers of the Phoenix
The J Bar
Ubriaco's Trattoria

Mar 02, 2015
vitus979 in Great Plains

[Iowa/Illinois] Quad Cities or Iowa City bread?

Where in the Quad Cities area or the Iowa City area can I find good fresh-made bread?

Oct 20, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Does anybody make a really good Cheesesteak in the area? A long time ago I used to love the ones at Da Vinci's in Ames, but that location is closed.

Aug 08, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Chili at the Chili King is still pretty good, as are the Onion Rings. Or at least they were last (?) year, the last time I was there.

I agree though. A lot of the menu seems to be straight from Sysco.

Though CK's lack of ambiance is kind of their thing. Most people assume it'll be some kitchy diner like Sonic's. It is not.

If you're looking for a good home-made tenderloin next time you're in Des Moines I suggest the B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli. It's a long running small grocer/butcher in south central Des Moines who has branched off into serving meals.

Jul 29, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

I do love Tasty Tacos Original Flour Taco. That link is kind of BS though. It says that Tasty's is statewide. If only. All of them are in the Des Moines Metro area, which means when I get back to DM I almost invariably go to Tasty's once to sate my craving.

I still live in Iowa, and a good tenderloin is easy to find where I'm at, so I don't have to go to Tasty's AND B&B AND George the Chili King in one weekend. :)

Jul 25, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Getting some Tasty Tacos too? :)

Jul 23, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains
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Iowa City IA Fine Dining?

I live somewhat near Iowa City, but have not gotten there in the last couple years for fine dining. I'll be there in a week or two. What's good? Anyplace new that's outstanding? I remember liking 126 and Orchard Green, but not being particularly impressed with the Motley Cow.

Alternately, what are some good moderate cost places? (I'm not sure right now if I'm going to be able to convince my traveling companion to go get expensive food)

Jul 23, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

If you're willing to do a bar at a restaurant, a lot of my friends have good things to say about the bar at Django, which is about 1 mile away from Embassy Suites. It's relatively close to the restaurant Centro that hawkeyeui93 suggested.

Jul 23, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Driving from Michigan to Moline Quad Cities IL via I-94 and I-80

Le Figaro is probably my favorite place in the QC. The food is good, but more so it is one of the few restaurants on either side of the river that is *quiet*. No brick walls, hardwood floors, and exposed ceilings for sound to bounce off of so that it's 90db with 5 people in the place. :)

Plus they often have table service, especially for the "for two" items on the menu, which is rare in these parts.

Jul 22, 2014
vitus979 in Great Lakes

Lawrence, KS to Chicago, IL - good eats in eastern IA?

Crap, I'm late to the thread.

I will say that a very good BBQ place in Iowa City is Wildwood, which is also a honkey-tonk. I tend to go in spite of the ambiance. :)

Augusta is great, though I have to agree with the OP that the gumbo hasn't grabbed me when I went.

Jul 22, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

The Embassy Suites are right on Des Moines River. In addition to the East Village (which hwkeyeui93 mentioned), right across the river is an area known as Court Avenue, which is the street Court Avenue and a few side streets with a collection of bars and restaurants. I'm sorry to say I'm not familiar with the bars in the area, but I am with the restaurants.

If you're in town on Saturday you might check out the Farmers Market on Saturday morning, which is very large and takes up the roads in the Court Avenue area.

Jul 22, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Best Teriyaki - Appare "Shrimp Teriyaki", Urbandale

Best Lunch - Lucca/Basil Prosperi's "Sausage & Pepper Pasta"

Best "just like mom used to make" item - Palmer Deli "Pumpkin Bar", multiple Des Moines locations

Best Pizza (honorable mention) - Felix & Oscar's "Chicago Style Pizza", Des Moines

Best Fries (honorable mention) - Felix & Oscar's "Nasty Fries", Des Moines

Best Cake (honorable mention) - Bake Shoppe "Petit Fours", Windsor Heights

Best BBQ Dish (honorable mention) - Wildwood "Pulled Pork", Iowa City

Best Tenderloin (honorable mention) - Augusta, Oxford

Best View (honorable mention) - Embassy Club, Des Moines

Anybody know of a place with a porch for outdoor eating with a great view?

May 17, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Good Point, I have tried the poutine.

Best Fries - Django "Poutine"

Though this category IMO has a lot of contenders. The Zombie Burger fries are good, and I've got a soft spot in my heart for the Smash Burger Rosemary fries. I haven't tried the Library Cafe though.

Also, has Cactus Bob's gotten better again? I went a couple times and really liked it, then went a couple more times and the food wasn't nearly as good. A friend in living in Johnston told me he stopped going because the quality hadn't picked back up. That's been awhile though.

May 15, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

>>Best Fried Chicken- Latin King<<

Really? I've been there a dozen times and never tried the Fried Chicken. I'll have to try it next time.

>>Best Authentic Taco- La Pena, Indianola Rd.<<

Thanks for this one. I don't live in Des Moines anymore, and I have problems finding authentic Mexican.

May 15, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

>>Best BBQ Dish - Burnt Ends @ Smokey D's (There is NO Competition here IMO)<<

Agreed, though I love their Smoked Sausage as well

Best place for a quiet meal - Baru 66, Des Moines

Best Appetizer - Buzzard Billy's "Bacon Wrapped Andouille", Des Moines

Best Cake - Cafe Di Scala "Italian Wedding Cake", Des Moines

Best Burger (all time) - Lincoln Cafe, Mt Vernon (RIP)

Best Burger (in business) - G Migs 5th Street Pub, West Des Moines

Best Pork Chop - Mi Patria, West Des Moines

Best Pizza - Great Plains Pizza, Ames

Best Chocolate - Chocolaterie Stam, Ingersoll location Des Moines

Best View - Iowa River Power Restaurant, Iowa City

Best non-authentic Taco - Tasty Tacos (multiple locations)

PS does anybody know a place with great Cheesecake? Lucca/Basil's used to have *wonderful* cheesecake, but apparently the person making it is no longer working with them.

May 14, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Ultimate kung pao in Des Moines-Ankeny-Ames?

Take this with a grain of salt. When I was in Ames in the early 2000s Little Taipei had a decent Kung Pao. It's a hole in the wall in the middle of campustown though, so don't expect a lot of ambiance.

Mar 11, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

Desserts in Des Moines IA?

I decided to go with an Italian Cream Cake that I first tried at Cafe Di Scala. Exceptionally good, and surprisingly good on the third piece 3 days later. Unlike most cake, the frosting doesn't get sickeningly sweet the more of it you eat. :)

Jan 08, 2014
vitus979 in Great Plains

RIP: Lincoln Cafe (Mount Vernon Iowa)

Sure, but I'm not really interested in the Wine Bar so much. I'm interested in the dinner specials (and the hamburgers) at the Cafe.

What does the Wine Bar serve? (other than the obvious of course) I've been there a couple times, but not for anything but waiting for my table at the Cafe.

Dec 11, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

RIP: Lincoln Cafe (Mount Vernon Iowa)

One of the best restaurants in Iowa, Lincoln Cafe, is closing its doors on December 21.

Well that sucks.

Does anybody know if Chef Steigerwald has any plans?

Dec 05, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

Desserts in Des Moines IA?

I'm going to be in Des Moines for Christmas and I thought I'd pick up a dessert for Christmas dinner.

What's a good place to order from? I'm open to ideas be it a restaurant or a bakery or someone who makes good stuff in their home...but it needs to be something that can travel from the place I'll be picking it up to the house I'll be staying in, and it needs to be able to be stored for at least a day. Cheesecake, regular cake, bars, specialty ice cream, mousse, tarts, etc... I'm not particularly picky as long as I get enough to have 20 servings and it's exceptionally good.

PS - I live on the Mississippi river in Iowa and normally get my desserts for holidays at Ganson's in Rock Island Illinois. The desserts there are outstanding, but that's not going to be possible this year.

Dec 03, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

I think there's good food to be found in the Quad-Cities, but not much in the way of "quick lunch meal near I-80" that the OP is asking for. If I were doing that route I'd probably go to the Noodles and Company on 53rd Street.

Aug 05, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

Fine Dining in Des Moines

>>I'd vote Trostel's Greenbriar over Dish

I recently got back to Greenbriar for the first time in over 10 years. I'm not sure why I'd been away so long. The ambiance is an old-style dinner club (and sometimes it's tight when the place is full), but the food was great.

Also a huge fan of Django.

Just a thought to the OP, have you tried the surrounding area? Ames maybe?

Jul 25, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

There's a Culver's off I-74 in Davenport, which is close to I-80.

A little usage of Google maps shows on in Stirling if you go I-88, and another one in Princeton if you go down I-80. I have no idea about where these places are.

Jul 11, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains

Eating between Chicago and Iowa City

There are some things in the Quad Cities near I-80

There's the Machine Shed, which serves country style midwest cuisine.

A little off I-80 there's Cafe Indigo. I've eaten there for dinner and was happy, but can't say anything about lunch. There's also the Red Crow, but that's not open for lunch.

There's Thunder Bay. It used to be a fish place that I wasn't a fan of, but they've turned over their menu and I've heard good things about it from a couple people since then.

There's the Iowa 80 Truckstop, but I don't know that I'd recommend that.

The trouble is that along I-80 in the Quad Cities it's mostly chains, specifically near the Brady Street exit and off Exit 1 on I-74.

Jul 09, 2013
vitus979 in Great Plains