East Central Iowa

The Iowa City Expedition-Part Two: An Army of Eternal Youth

Volunteers gather under the tents selling tickets for the annual Taste of Iowa City. An IC staple during the first week of classes. In Iowa City, IA. I recommend the queso, sushi, ice coffee, falafel, pasta, samosas, gazpacho, gyros, pizza, lemonade, bratwurst, cheese steak, cookies.... In Iowa City, IA
Volunteers gather under the tents selling tickets for the annual Taste of Iowa City. An IC staple during the first week of classes. I recommend the queso, sushi, ice coffee, falafel, pasta, samosas, gazpacho, gyros, pizza, lemonade, bratwurst, cheese steak, cookies….
In Iowa City, IA

Iowa City, IA: Johnson County

It’s late August in, Iowa City, and that means one thing. The trickle of students coming into this college town has turned into a full on swarm! And my favorite part of the IC welcome wagon is the annual Taste of Iowa City. Our downtown district showcases it’s establishments to the incoming freshman and attracts the locals to come down and join the masses. Team Goodvin was ready as usual! http://downtowniowacity.com/

They get cheesier every year. HA! Sometimes a steamy bowl of Mac n' Cheese is all you need. And possibly the only thing you need.  Z'Mariks Noodle Cafe 19 S. Dubuque St Iowa City
They get cheesier every year. HA! Sometimes a steamy bowl of Mac n’ Cheese is all you need. And possibly the only thing you need.
Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe
19 S. Dubuque St
Iowa City zmariks.com
Leah ordering her sushi. Takanami bought out rows and rows of their classic sushi. This was a very popular spot! Takanami 219 Iowa Ave Iowa City takanamidowntown.com
Leah ordering her sushi. Takanami brought out rows and rows of their classic sushi. This was a very popular spot!
Takanami
219 Iowa Ave
Iowa City
takanamidowntown.com

I’ve been to many “Taste Of’s” and Iowa City’s is one that never gouges their supporters. And neither do their participants. We’re a family of five and we all came home with full bellies for only $40. This is not a money making venture, but a way to say hello and a “get back here ASAP!” There’s the usual spots we hit up, but we always focus on the places that are new or haven’t been to yet. We got after it.

Dishing up the Chicken Tikka, Jasmine rice and a few more wonderful associates that you can find at one of my favorite spots in downtown IC. Masala Indian Cuisine 9 S. Dubuque St Iowa City  masalaiowacity.com
Dishing up the Chicken Tikka, Jasmine rice and a few more delicious additions that you can find at one of my favorite spots in downtown IC.
Masala Indian Cuisine
9 S. Dubuque St
Iowa City
masalaiowacity.com

Iowa City’s restaurant scene is getting better and better every year and downtown is the anchor for a this great movement.

Our first experience with the bistro called Share. And we WILL be back because of these crab fritters!  Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro 210 S. Dubuque St Iowa City sharewinelounge.com
Our first experience with the bistro called Share. And we WILL be back because of these crab fritters!
Share Wine Lounge & Small Plate Bistro
210 S. Dubuque St
Iowa City
sharewinelounge.com
Meet the Sous Chef at Share in downtown Iowa City! Keep the fritters coming!
Meet the Sous Chef at Share in downtown Iowa City! Keep the fritters coming!

We zigged and we zagged. Working our way through the students, locals and tourists. Some of the lines were long but the beauty is the speed of all the venues. The weather was perfect and the opportunity to spend the evening working outside can make the hardworking cooks and servers very happy to get away from their normal routine.

Donnelly's
Donnelly’s breaking out the reuben sliders and pulled pork sandwiches! Also known as the best place to watch the World Cup!
Donnelly’s Pub
110 E. College St
donnellyspub-ic.com
The Taste of Iowa City participants don't skimp when it comes to their featured dish. How about some al dente pasta with tender steak tips, fresh basil and a creamy gorgonzola sauce. Givanni's nailed it!  Givanni's 109 E. College St Iowa City givannis.com
The Taste of Iowa City participants don’t skimp when it comes to their featured dish. How about some al dente pasta with tender steak tips, fresh basil and a creamy gorgonzola sauce. Givanni’s nailed it!
Givanni’s
109 E. College St
Iowa City
givannis.com

Downtown Iowa City brings it every time. Our only disappointment was not getting to stop by every restaurant. This place has been my home for many years and I love seeing the transformation. Keep up the great work and good luck this school season, everybody! May all your kegs run freely, your kitchens stay busy, your corkscrews remain sharp and the new crop of students find a way to love this town even more through your food. Cheers!

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