Local veggies have long been the only ones picky children will eat, because they've had the chance to personally insult their broccoli before it's picked. Become acquainted with your local flora with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of locally sourced fare and drink at Motley Cow Cafe, located on North Linn Street in Iowa City.
Motley Cow creates hearty comestibles crafted with ingredients sourced as close to Johnson County as possible, a practice which allows the chefs confidence in the quality and lower carbon footprint of their ingredients. Despite being in a larger space, Motley Cow's décor replicates the intimacy and character of its original location with warm red lamps, quirky used objects or materials from the surrounding area, and a parade of singing giraffes outside the grounds every half-hour. Motley Cow's menu delights patrons with a roster of dishes that changes with regard to the seasons and availability. Whet your appetite on house-marinated olives ($2.50/$4.50) or a cup of white bean and bacon soup ($3.50/$7). Locality becomes particularly succulent in the world of entrees: dine on a roasted ruby trout next to grilled spinach and a barley salad with yam, parsley, and pistachios ($19), or a grilled pork chop escorted by seared polenta, queso fresco, and roasted tomatillo salsa ($18). Desserts include a spiced apple biscuit with walnuts, poached cherries, and cream ($6) and a spicy cardamom funnel cake ($7.50).
- But either way, the food was downright soul restoring. Like good old-fashioned mom’s cooking—but after she’d memorized a dozen or so gourmet cookbooks. – Christine Schrum, Iowa Source
- This was a great find and just what the doctor ordered after a long day outside at a football game. – Worldly Woman, TripAdvisor