From handmade Italian cuisine to beautifully plated scallops to mouthwatering hummus, Iowa City has something for everyone.
Nearly 300 alumni and friends shared their favorite place to eat near campus, and a consensus was reached—Hawkeyes just can’t get enough of these Iowa City staples.
“If it still exists, best lunch burger ever!” —Tony Harper
“It's been there forever, and I hope it will forever remain. Whether for lunch, dinner, or a meal before partying at the downtown IC bars or before going home for the night, this place has all the right foods. And they are all delish! I’ve been there a million times, and I hope to go a million more!” —Kim White Drenth (87BS)
“I love love love Bread Garden! They brought back their mac and cheese, and when I drive through town, I make sure to grab one bowl for now and one for later!” —Angie Benda (19BA)
“The Flying Tomato Pizza!” —Hailey Blevins
“Always The Vine. The original Vine, walkable from downtown.” —Jay Jacobs (99BA)
“The food is delicious, and the service is impeccable.” —Karen Neuoroth
“Monica’s is a great spot for a midwestern meal, and it's very grandchildren-friendly.” —Dave Linder (80BGS, 82MA)
“Monica’s is great food and service.” —Dennis Wilson (61BA)
“Oasis is great!" —Heather Gudenkauf (92BA)
“Pagliai's Pizza is our favorite spot. It is a long-established, very well-run business that serves great food." —Leslie Eggers (72BA)
“Pagliai’s for Friday night pizza!" —Amanda Fitzgerald (03BA)
“Operated by Culinary Institute of America chef Bryan Herzic, Orchard Green offers the best food and a great atmosphere for dinners, conversation, and the gathering of friends. While working at the UI, I found Orchard Green to be the perfect place for meals with friends, work colleagues, and professional guests." —Bill Decker (66BA, 68MS)
“Orchard Green for upscale (the lounge is a hidden gem)." —Shea Becker (98BA, 00MA)