“I really enjoy the people and their warmth,” Gary Scott told a reporter for the North Liberty Leader. “They are so friendly here.” Scott was speaking about the locals in Ely, where his eponymous restaurant--Scott’s Sandwich Cafe--just moved. From this new location, Scott and his staff continue to combine fresh ingredients atop grilled ciabatta, marble rye, and wheat-berry bread, but now hand their creations to neighbors instead of mall-goers. Their mouthwatering sandwiches create a lunchtime rush as workers unplug computer cords from their foreheads and head to the intimate café for medleys of roasted pork, smoked ham, and honey mustard or grilled chicken and bleu cheese. Also popular are Scott’s new twists on old favorites, such as a grilled PB&J or a classic Reuben enlivened with turkey. In addition to sandwiches, the café dishes up quesadillas and salads, and its ice cream and smoothies keep customers cool on summer days filled with walking over coals.
NewBo City Market is a place of culinary celebration, where local merchants and vendors come to showcase their best, tastiest creations. At Iowa Soul Food Market, that means classic Southern cuisine. At breakfast, the eatery features some of Sweetiepie's Chicken & Fish Fry's signature combinations, including chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, and eggs and even more eggs. For lunch and dinner, Iowa Soul Food Market serves an ever-changing menu that highlights different chefs, themes, and holidays. Some entrees have included meatloaf with mac and cheese and collard greens, and honey-baked ham with mashed potatoes and sweet peas.
The flavors of Mexico and Italy might seem like an odd couple, but they find harmony in the kitchen at Papa Juans. Chefs tuck crabmeat into burritos and ravioli and serve chicken with vodka sauce or as part of a fajitas platter. The menus, separated by cuisine, touch on a wide variety of Mexican and Italian classics, from tacos to lasagna. And to celebrate the eatery's home base, the chefs cook barbecue ribs and half-pound hamburgers shaped like Uncle Sam. The popular Chicken Boom Boom pizza culls from each country’s flavors with housemade alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and jalapeños.
Spearheaded by a duo of cousins, Pita'z fuses traditional Lebanese flavors with American dishes. The meeting of culinary traditions yields burgers draped in gyro meats, pitas crowded with philly cheesesteak fixings, and cowboy ballads that rhyme “tzatziki.” The chefs also extend their culinary services to catering for large parties and gatherings.
You'll be centrally located in Cedar Rapids with a stay at Best Western Cooper's Mill, minutes from US Cellular Center and Paramount Theatre. This hotel is within close proximity of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and Veterans Memorial Stadium. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 83 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. 32-inch flat-screen televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and coffee/tea makers, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, an arcade/game room, and complimentary use of a nearby fitness facility. n Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and business services. Planning an event in Cedar Rapids? This hotel has 888 square feet (82 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and RV/bus/truck parking is available onsite.
A stay at Clarion Hotel and Convention Center places you in the heart of Cedar Rapids, convenient to Hawkeye Downs Speedway Expo Center and Czech Village. This hotel is within close proximity of Cedar Rapids Ice Arena and National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. n Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 157 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. Your bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming provides entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. n Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including a nightclub, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, a pool table, and wedding services. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 6 mi. n Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Hot/cold buffet breakfasts are available daily for a fee. n Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, an Internet point, and business services. Planning an event in Cedar Rapids? This hotel has 13000 square feet (1208 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.