An annual celebration of the Cedar Rapids food scene is here to help stave off lingering winter blues. Restaurant Week returns to Cedar Rapids Wednesday (2/22) through March 5.
Presented by Go Cedar Rapids, the week offers 10 days for diners to eat their way through 27 local restaurants. With prices around $10 for lunch and $25 for dinner, many of the eateries are offering multicourse meals featuring specials not on their regular menus. Participants can then vote for their favorite meals at CRrestaurantweek.com.
Those votes will help send six of the top restaurants to the Dinner of Champions, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 350 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids. Attendees will be able to sample a Restaurant Week dessert, sip local craft beers with the CR Ale Trail, try wine and cheese pairings, watch mixology demonstrations and taste the most popular Restaurant Week entrees.
At the end of the night, the best beef, pork, vegetarian and dessert dishes and an overall champion will be announced. Tickets, on sale at CRrestaurantweek.com, are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. VIP tickets, including stage-side reserved seating, beer and wine flights, an exclusive appetizer and table service are $65 or $600 for a table of 10.
Wondering where to start digging in? Check out GO CR’s Restaurant Week menu guide for the specials that will be featured around town.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 350 First Ave. NE (DoubleTree by Hilton), Cedar Rapids; (319) 731-4444; Doubletree3.hilton.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Choose from the “Perfect 10” menu, which includes an entree, beverage and tax. Choices include Caesar salad, 350 salad, rustic chicken sandwich, braised short rib sandwich, crabcake sandwich, 350 burger, el Cubano sandwich, five cheese melt, pastrami Reuben or First Ave. meatloaf sandwich. DINNER $25 — Choice of bison rib-eye with creamed spinach and steak fries, grilled pork chop with sweet potato-mashed andouille sausage gravy and fried green beans or soy-ginger salmon with coconut rice and Chinese garlic green beans.
1006 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 261-2355; batasrestaurant.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER $25 — Sweet and sour pork belly with sake lee, puffed rice, shoyu cured yolk, fermented vegetable and sweet-and-sour sauce.
BISTRO ON THE RIVER
411 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 363-0500; Bistroontheriver.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Choice of 1) drunk pig, tequila-braised pork belly with blackberry jam, sauteed jalapenos and havarti on sourdough or 2) Cajun shrimp hoagie — sauteed Cajun shrimp with grilled romaine, red onion and avocado aioli on French baguette. DINNER $25 — First course: choice of torched bocconcini: grilled red grapes with torched fresh mozzarella and garlic-rubbed toasts or pear salad: grilled pear, goat cheese, cashews, arugula, mixed greens and raspberry balsamic vinaigrette. Second course: choice of salmon and beluga lentil risotto with vintage cheddar, oyster and shiitake mushrooms, truffle oil, roasted pearl onions and asparagus or shepherd’s pie with slow braised brisket, caramelized carrots, grilled red onion, potato pancake and rosemary demi-glace. For dessert, choice of creme brulee or caramelized coconut cake.
BLACK SHEEP SOCIAL CLUB
600 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-7070; iamtheblacksheep.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Pork belly ramen with buckwheat noodles and broth. DINNER $22 — Trinidadian curry chicken with forbidden black rice pilaf, ginger cherry chutney and fried okra. DESSERT $6 — Monkey bread by Zoie with rum and brandy butter sauce.
1202 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 364-0802; brewhemia.com
ON THE MENU: $10 — Build your own Brewhemia burger served on a Rustic Hearth pretzel roll, served with chips.
1202 Third St. SE, Suite 102, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-2525; facebook.com/cauchorestaurant
ON THE MENU: TBA
Cedar Rapids Marriott, 1200 Collins Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 491-9854; marriott.com/hotels/hotel-information/restaurant/cidmc-cedar-rapids-marriott
ON THE MENU: BREAKFAST $10 — Maple-glazed pork belly confit with poached egg and barley risotto. LUNCH $10 — Bacon jalapeno popper sliders with bacon and Angus patties, cilantro cream cheese spread, jalapeno relish, bacon strips and pretzel roll. DINNER $25 — Red wine flank steak with duck fat-fried Yukon Gold potatoes, caramelized onions, pickled mustard sees, blistered cherry tomatoes and beurre rouge. DESSERT $6 — Coffee chocolate decadence with coffee-infused molten chocolate cake, Bailey’s creme anglaise and white chocolate strawberries with orange zest .
THE CLASS ACT
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids; Cedar Rapids; (319) 848-8777, Classactdining.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Shrimp and andouille sausage grits with roasted trinity of vegetable and redeye gravy. DINNER $22 — Salad or soup followed by pan-roasted smoked cod loin, roasted red pepper and eggplant relish, pistachio rice and charred tomato.
219 Second St. SE; (319) 366-3177; Cobblehillrestaurant.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER — TBA
333 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 261-4901; theearlybirdcr.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH — TBA
222 Glenbrook Drive SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 743-3123; emilshideaway.com
ON THE MENU: TBA
HUSTON ROGERS STEAKHOUSE
The Longbranch, 90 Twixt Town Rd., Cedar Rapids; (319) 377-6386; thelongbranch.com/dining
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Bloody Mary burger with bacon, marinated tomato, celery spear and pickle on a brioche bun. DINNER $22 — Seared chicken with grand mariner and orange reduction on a bed of couscous with a smoked sprig of rosemary.
HY-VEE MARKET GRILLE, EDGEWOOD ROAD
5050 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 378-0762; hy-veemarketgrille.com/locations
ON THE MENU: BREAKFAST $5 — Honey glazed doughnut sandwich with egg, sausage, bacon and honey Sriracha. LUNCH $10 — Cuban burger with hamburger, rosemary ham and porchetta on sour dough with Swiss and caramelized onion mustard. DINNER $25 — Garlic sage pork chop with sweet potato gnocchi and wilted spinach, served with egg bacon potato salad.
HY-VEE MARKET GRILLE, JOHNSON AVE.
1843 Johnson Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 365-1937; hy-veemarketgrille.com/locations
ON THE MENU: BREAKFAST $10 — Farm hand breakfast: breaded pork tenderloin, smoked ham and bacon, with three-cheese blend and three eggs, served with breakfast potatoes, biscuit and sausage gravy. LUNCH $10 — Pub burger with American cheese, bacon, fried pickles, cheese curds and blackened ranch sauce, served with pub chips. DINNER $23 — Smoke house platter with smoked brisket with a paprika brown sugar glaze, smoked pork ribs, coleslaw, bacon-wrapped fresh green beans, calico beans and a corn muffin.
HY-VEE MARKET GRILLE, MOUNT VERNON ROAD
4035 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 369-4306; hy-veemarketgrille.com/locations
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Choice of Smokehouse 3-way BarbaCuba with smoked pork belly, smoked Boston butt, smoked pastrami or Alligator Po’boy or Poutine burger, all served with a side. DINNER $25 — Choice of smoked bourbon peach-injected bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with bourbon peach chutney and sauteed asparagus or dry-aged beef with roasted garlic, shallots, peppercorns and rosemary with creamy cauliflower puree.
LIGHTHOUSE INN & SUPPER CLUB
6905 Mount Vernon Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 362-3467; Crlighthouseinn.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER $25 — Three courses, served with potato, soup, coleslaw, salad and bread; Choose potato skins, 1/2 order of onion rings or fried mushrooms or cauliflower, followed by choice of barbecue ribs, 16-ounce club steak or stuffed chicken. For dessert, choose triple chocolate cake, sugar-dusted apple cake or Theronamisu (named for a former owner).
LION BRIDGE BREWING COMPANY
59 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-4460; lionbridgebrewing.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER $25 — Bacon-wrapped herbed goat cheese-stuffed jalapenos with “Yard Sale” strawberry drizzle and the “Auggie” burger, with fries, slaw and black pepper “Disaster at Meux” sauce with white cheddar and an egg.
207 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 362-6353; needcr.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Two individual-sized topping pizzas and two sodas. DINNER $25 — Two medium topping pizzas and two select Iowa beers.
PARLOR CITY PUB AND EATERY
1125 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 247-0000; Parlorcitypub.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $9.95 — Soda and choice of Moroccan steak salad or blackened shrimp po’boy. DINNER $20 — Beer flight, choice of side and choice of 1) New York strip steak topped caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms or 2) blackened fish tacos with Cajun spice, Asian-inspired slaw and queso fresco. Both served with Cajun bread pudding with caramel whiskey sauce for dessert.
PIG & PORTER
1028 Third St. SE No. 1, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-4414; thepigandporter.com
ON THE MENU: $25 — Option 1: House burger with American cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce, bacon and house fries paired with Off Color Apex Predator Farmhouse Ale or Option 2: Garganelli stroganoff pasta with beef cheeks, mushrooms and Parmesan paired with a signature Cedar Ridge cocktail. Both options come with chocolate pie with malted goat cheese, orange and candied chestnuts for dessert.
POPOLI RISTORANTE & SULLIVAN’S BAR
101 Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 363-1248; Popolicr.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER $25 — White Marbel Farms pork chop with Jagermeister cream sauce, roasted Yukon potatoes and roasted heirloom carrots.
317 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-4217; crpub217.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH OR DINNER $10 — New York strip steak with caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli and blue cheese sauce with a balsamic reduction, served on focaccia, with a side and soft drink.
THE QUARTER BARREL
616 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-4140; facebook.com/thequarterbarrel
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Local Pork belly sliders with micro greens, pickled cherry tomato and Peppadew aioli on a house made roll. DINNER $25 — Winter citrus salad with baby arugula, cider-brined apples, watercress, blood orange supremes, pickled fennel, house quark and pistachio dust followed by choice of local smoked port and polenta with demi-glace, mushrooms, Peppadew coulis, smoked bacon salt, asparagus and pickled cherry tomatoes or winter vegetable and quark terrine with polenta, mushroom demi-glace, Peppadew coulis, apple wood smoked salt, asparagus, mushrooms and pickled cherry tomatoes. Berry cheesecake for dessert.
223 Second St. SE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 200-4800; rubyspizzeria.com
ON THE MENU: DINNER — Chicken queso taco pizza: New York crust with queso base, topped with seasoned chicken, green peppers, onions, refried beans and salsa sauce, cheddar, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded lettuce, nacho chips and sour cream.
SAUCE BAR & BISTRO
1507 C St. SW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 364-0892; crsauce.com
ON THE MENU: TBA
VILLAGE MEAT MARKET & CAFE
92 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 265-6328; villagemeatmarketcafe.com
ON THE MENU: LUNCH $10 — Choose from 1) smoked salmon ravioli with caper and dill sauce, 2) Cajun Reuben puff pastry or 3) pulled pork and caramelized onion pizza. First two options served with side salad. All options served with beignet for dessert.
5300 Edgewood Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 393-3047; zeppelinscr.com
ON THE MENU: Starter: pan-fried cheese with lemon, brandy-diced red onion, garlic, herbs and naan. Sandwich: beef brisket, smoked apple butter barbecue sauce, pickled roasted red bell pepper and jalapeno-apple slaw on grilled cornbread. Entree: Butter poached petite filet of beef, miso-roasted sweet potato puree, chargrilled asparagus, umami reduction, spiced cashew crumble. Dessert: Chocolate ganache cake, banana cream, burnt dulche de leche — bourbon ice cream and banana-oat granola.