Food & Drink in Moline

$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $14 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Los Portales ($42 Total Value)

Los Portales

Iowa City

Shrimp chimichangas, huevos rancheros, nachos, burritos and hard- and soft-shell tacos

$14 $7

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Pizza Package, Pizza and Wings, or $10 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Drinks at Gumby's Pizza

Gumby's Pizza

Iowa City

Specialty pizzas made with fresh handmade dough; signature Pokey Stix smothered with cheese and garlic; wings in one of seven tangy sauces

$38.96 $17

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Dine-In or Carry-Out Mexican Cuisine at Agave Mexican Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Agave Mexican Restaurant

West Branch

Refreshing margaritas paired with enchiladas, burritos, and other classic Mexican dishes

$20 $11

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American Food and Steakhouse at House of Lords (50% Off). Two Options Available.

House of Lords Restaurant and Lounge

Coralville

Restaurant and pub serves prime rib, shrimp diablo linguine, blackened ahi tuna, steaks, and beer-battered cod amid medieval decor

$40 $20

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Grill Food at BombDigity (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

BombDigity

Dixon

Diners chow down on bar food next to fire pits or on the patio at motorcycle-friendly eatery

$30 $16

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Pub Food and Drinks at J&A Tap ($30 Total Value)

J&A Tap

North Liberty

Craft drafts complement burgers, pizzas, and nibbles in pub with two volleyball courts and weekly live music and karaoke

$10 $5

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$119 for 1/4 Keg of Domestic Beer and $20 Worth of Appetizers at Stella's or Red Frog ($200 Value)

Stella's or Red Frog Cedar Rapids

Multiple Locations

Liven up a party with a pony keg of domestic beer, and enjoy classic bar food appetizers

$200 $119

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Pizza with Domestic Tall Boys or Soda for Two or Four People at Bulicek's Deli & Brew (Up to 51% Off)

Bulicek's Deli & Brew

Cedar Rapids

Diners drink tall-boy beers or sodas while eating chicken-bacon-ranch or other specialty pizzas and watching sports on several flat-screens

$24.50 $12

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$20 for $30 Toward Hibachi Dinner for Two or More at Oyama Sushi

Oyama Sushi

Cedar Rapids

Chefs toss and sizzle entrees on a tabletop griddle with a theatrical flair at one of The Culture Trip's top 10 Cedar Rapids restaurants

$30 $20

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American Food for Dine-In or Takeout from Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery (Up to 40% Off)

Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery

Walford

Bar fare such as open-faced burgers smothered in chili and the Wild Hog pork loin sandwich with ham and bacon

$20 $12

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$11 for a Large Pizza at Sykora Bakery (Up to $20 Value)

Sykora Bakery

Czech Village

Supreme, taco, and veggie combos or build-your-own options at a century-old Czech bake shop

$20 $11

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$13 for $20 Worth of Mexican, Italian, and American Food at Papa Juans

Papa Juans/Stefano's

Cedar Rapids

Diners dig into an eclectic spread of Mexican, Italian, and American dishes, such as tacos, five-layer lasagna, and burgers

$20 $13

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$10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Scott's Family Restaurant

Scott's Family Restaurant

Cedar Rapids

Omelets, seasoned potato skillets, and hot sandwiches covered with housemade meatloaf and gravy

$20 $10

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Starters and Sandwich Baskets for Two or Four at Tic Toc Eating Establishment & Drinkery (Up to 42% Off)

Tic Toc Eating Establishment & Drinkery

Mound View

45-year-old eatery creates the atmosphere of a British pub and serves American comfort food such as french dip and rib eye sandwiches

$32.97 $19

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Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at 101 Gastropub (Up to 40% Off)

101 Gastropub

Kenwood Park

Gourmet bar food and rare whiskey are a standard pairing at the pub; the drink menu is anchored by nearly 30 kids of scotches and whiskeys

$20 $12

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Cups of Coffee with Half-Pound Bags of Beans at Mean Bean Roasters (50% Off)

Mean Bean Roasters

Galena

The coffee is roasted to impart one of many flavors, including whiskey, marshmallow, pumpkin spice, and bacon

$20 $10

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One Private Wine Tasting for Four or Eight at Rocky Waters Winery (50% Off)

Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

During private wine tastings, winemakers serve seven samples and answer visitors' questions

$24 $12

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Lunch or Breakfast at 9 East Coffee (Up to 47% Off)

9 East Coffee

Freeport

This family-owned shop serves Intelligentsia coffee, and scratch-made sandwiches, soups, and pastries in a quaint 19th century building

$20 $11

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Tour with Six Tastings and a Glass of Wine or $17 for $30 Worth of Food and Wine at Illinois River Winery

Illinois River Winery

North Utica

Sample more than 30 handcrafted wines from the tasting room or sip wines while touring the facility

$30 $17

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Four or Eight Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Large Drinks at Badger Bros Coffee (Up to 50% Off)

Badger Bros Coffee

Platteville

Tea, smoothies, italian sodas, and lemonade join a variety of coffee-based drinks, including the Rabid Badger!, a high-caf, flavored latte

$5 $2.75

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Wine Tasting for Two with a Bottle of Wine and Optional Vineyard Tour at Weggy Winery in Muscoda (Up to 50% Off)

Weggy Winery

Richland Center

Award-winning winery produces over 35 wines and offers one-hour narrated vineyard tours, wine tastings, and hillside views from the patio

$25 $12.50

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Microdistillery Educational Tasting for Two or Four at Minhas Micro Distillery (Half Off)

Minhas Micro Distillery

Monroe

Visitors learn all about the operations of the microdistillery, after which they sample products and leave with a sampler glass

$20 $10

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Minhas Craft Brewery Tour for Two or Four with 10% Off Merchandise in Monroe (Half Off)

Minhas Craft Brewery

Monroe

Brewery tour travels behind scenes of historic establishment as beer enthusiasts sip samples & leave stocked with complimentary gifts

$20 $10

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$11 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Bahia Mexican Restaurant

Bahia Mexican Restaurant

Northeast

Seafood specialties such as octopus in spicy sauce and whole red snapper complement classic tacos, enchiladas, and drinks

$20 $11

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American Food at Shooter's Bar & Grill (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Shooter's Bar & Grill

Southeast

Restaurant within a bowling alley flips hamburgers, dips wings in sauce, and bakes large pizzas

$40 $20

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Breakfast at Ojeda's Steak House & Bar (Up to 45% Off)

Ojeda's Steak House & Bar

Rockford

Breakfast eats such as andouille and shrimp egg dish, pancakes, banana foster french toast, and fajita skillets

$20 $11

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Mediterranean Meal for Two or Four with Entrees and Appetizer at Sahara Palace Restaurant (Up to 39%)

Sahara Palace Inc.

Northeast

Creamy hummus and baba ghanouj kick off meals of beef shawarma, gyro sandwiches, and lamb shish kebabs

$41.97 $27

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Food at Pete's Tom & Jerry's ($20 Value)

Pete's Tom & Jerry's

Multiple Locations

Self-proclaimed "king of the gyros" also cooks up charbroiled burgers, steak sandwiches, pure-beef hot dogs, and other American favorites

$10 $5.50

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One or Two Hours of Billiards and Nonalcoholic Drinks for Four at Rockford Billiard Cafe (Half Off)

Rockford Billiard Cafe

Signal Hill

Players wash down Pepsi products during one- or two-hour sessions of billiards at a café with 17 tables

$10 $5

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$10 for $20 Worth of Pub Food at Town Hall Lounge

Town Hall Lounge

Town Hall Lounge

Diners chow down on hearty American pub dishes, such as pizza and steak; eatery offers live-music nights and themed pub crawls and contests

$20 $10

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$12 for Four Vouchers Good for $5 Worth of Take and Bake Meals from E-Z Dinners ($20 Value)

E-Z Dinners

Loves Park

Owner and cook Kathy does "all the shopping and chopping," in her words, creating homemade meals that customers can take home and cook

$5 $3

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Hookah for Two or Four at Aromas Hookah Bar (Up to 50% Off)

Aromas Hookah Bar

DeKalb

More than 200 flavored shisha tobaccos including blueberry, lemon, citrus dream, and strawberry margarita

$20 $10

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$7 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Deli Food at Brooklyn Deli Roscoe ($12 Value)

Brooklyn Deli Roscoe

Roscoe

New York–style sandwiches at a casual deli, whose selection includes italian subs, hot pastrami sandwiches, and fresh-cut fries

$6 $3.50

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As a fun slideshow demonstrates, The Little Chocolatier’s staff hand makes an array of treats that fall into four categories: candy, chocolates, nuts, and popcorn. Their handmade chocolates pack white boxes with slabs of english toffee, nut clusters, and mint fluffs spread across trays of assorted chocolates. The team also fills bags with fresh-popped popcorn covered in caramel and cheddar.

317 1st Ave
Sterling,
IL
US

Sometimes the most satisfying meals are the simplest. Leaf Kitchen's cubano sandwich, for example, a semi-regular special with braised pork and melted swiss, was so good that it inspired Little Village's Scott Samuelson to declare, "a part of me [wanted] to check into some private room to be alone with my sandwich and its sauces." And this isn't the only dish that the restaurant's chefs effortlessly elevate. Their rustic cooking spans breakfast and lunch, ranging from sweet and savory crepes to grilled chicken-club sandwiches, focusing on sustainability as well as simplicity. Meals make use of locally sourced produce and meats, and even the coffee is an exclusive blend crafted by a certified organic, fair-trade roaster.

While the cuisine at Leaf Kitchen is minimalistic in design, the dining space is anything but. Midwest Living praised it by remarking that the "eclectic more-is-more interior offers so much to take in that you may not know where to look first." Servers flit among wood and formica tables set with mismatched dinnerware and clustered with turquoise stools and canary-yellow chairs. These vibrant touches find their complement in a retro-inspired soundtrack of jazz, soul, and world music, which gets knees bouncing without the spring-loaded floorboards used by other restaurants.

301 Kirkwood Ave
Iowa City,
IA
US

The cooks at Quinton's Bar & Deli know the ingredients that make a good Reuben?corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss, and housemade dressing. But they also know the Reuben's extended family, which is why their menu has a section entirely devoted to the sandwich. The Rachel exchanges corned beef for turkey, whereas the Patsy switches in grilled navel pastrami. They can even combine two or three of the meats to create a Combo Reuben with twice the cheese.

Sandwiches in general happen to be the deli's bread and butter. Their most popular is the TAC, which stands for turkey, avocado, and cream cheese. Other options include the beef and brie, whose house-seasoned roast beef is covered with imported cheese, and the Aloha chicken, stacked with grilled pineapple and served in the pocket of a Hawaiian shirt. Burgers make an appearance as well, featuring hand-shaped patties from Bud's Meat in Riverside, Iowa.

And if you'd like some soup with your sandwich, Quinton's serves up the combo with a twist, ladling the soup inside bread bowls. A sizable selection of beers, wines, and spirits?including cocktails with homemade ginger beer?wash down bites.

215 E Washington St
Iowa City,
IA
US

With a menu loaded with pizzas and calzones, cheesy breadsticks, and flavorful wings, Gumby's ovens satisfy voracious cravings into the wee hours of the morning. The pizza makers start each day by making mounds of dough by hand, which they decorate with more than 15 inventive toppings, such as alfredo sauce, chicken tenders, and feta cheese, to create specialty pizzas and personalized pies. The same hand-tossed dough serves as a foundation for their famous Pokey Stix, which are smothered in garlic butter, Italian spices, and heaps of mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then cut into strips exactly the length of Abraham Lincoln's foot. To complement the bubbling pizzas, buffalo and boneless wings can be tossed in tangy barbecue, honey mustard, sriracha, or one of four other sauces.

702 S Gilbert St
Iowa City,
IA
US

From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.

39 S Dubuque St
Iowa City,
IA
US

2011's Firecracker 500 Festival serves up more than 20 eclectic garage-rock groups bent on rocking an all-ages-audience's socks off over three thrash-filled days. Bands such as White Mystery and Pitchfork-reviewed quartet The Coathangers kick out jams with riot-grrrl grit, and headliners The Strange Boys shred psychedelic hooks sharper than Jimi Hendrix's diamond-tipped mustache-trimmers. The festival's full roster of up-and-coming acts can expose most attendees' ears to new shrieks and sounds.

211 Iowa Ave
Iowa City,
IA
US