211 1/2 E. Washington St.
An IC institution in a lovely old space just off the Pedestrian Mall.
The Times Club
15 S. Dubuque St.
Upstairs at Prairie Lights bookstore.
Has good beer and wine, light food to accompany, good coffee and tea all day.
345 S. Dubuque St.
Good coffee and excellent vegan baked goods and vegetarian/vegan dishes.
Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
812 S. Summit St.
Off the beaten path in the lovely Longfellow Neighborhood. Terrific baked goods and good coffee.
Shorts Burger & Shine
18 S. Clinton St.
Local burgers, local beers, and precious little else.
405 South Gilbert Street
One of the best menus and perhaps the best beer selection in town.
206 N. Linn St.
Outstanding, no frills Mediterranean joint with the best falafel in town. Highly recommended.
302 E. Bloomington St.
They are celebrating 50 years in Iowa City. Tasty, thin-crust pizzas served in a family-friendly environment.
26 E. Washington St. (upstairs, above One Twenty Six)
Fancier pub fare. Nice bar, nice view.
Her Soup Kitchen
25 S. Dubuque St.
Great soups, salads, and sandwiches made with fresh, local ingredients.
327 E. Market St.
A favorite Mexican joint downtown.Â Â Seldom has Mexican shrimp been so good.
340 E. Burlington St.
Large portions of more than serviceable Thai.
1853 Lower Muscatine Rd. (you'll need a car)
As so often, the best sushi restaurant in town is tucked away in a random strip mall.
Masala Indian Vegetarian Cuisine
9 S. Dubuque St.
Tasty, vegetarian Indian.
Baroncini Ristorante Italiano
104 S. Linn St.
Fantastic Italian. Highly recommended. The chef, Signor Baronicini, cooks up incredible, delectable dishes. This is not your standard Italian restaurant.
117 N. Linn St.
Quirky, creative, and delicious tapas.
Motley Cow Cafe
160 N. Linn St.
Lovely local fare.Â Â The menu is always changing, but everything is good.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
310 E. Prentiss St.
214 North Linn Street
Famous for pie shakes and as the place where every politician must visit.
126 Washington Street
John's favorite restaurant in the city, Â Excellent innovative cuisine. Â Menu changes with the seasons. Good wine list.
221 East College Street
Asian cuisine. Â Excellent sushi. Â Next to the Hotel Vetro.
Atlas World Grill
127 Iowa Avenue
Good and large lunch portions.
Basta Pizzeria and Ristorante
121 Iowa Avenue
Great for lunch, where you can get yummy grilled shrimp or chicken panzanella or calamari.
The Bluebird Diner
330 E. Market St.
THE place for a Midwestern breakfast in Iowa City.
109 E. College St.
Good, filling Italian food.
115 E. College St.
Fun food, with bar specials on Wednesday and Thursday.
212 S. Clinton St.
The best steak in Iowa City in a quiet, private atmosphere. This is expensive but well worth the splurge.
10 S. Clinton St.
Another good lunch place. The salads are wonderful.
217 Iowa Avenue
Excellent Japanese food. The specialty rolls are amazing. Try the Spider or Volcano for an adventure.
521 St. Gilbert St.
Just down Gilbert Street aways, this is one of Johnâ€™s favorites in town. The bouillabaisse is to die for. Great wine selection.
Cactus Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
245 S. Gilbert St.
A basic Mexican restaurant within easy walking distance