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.
Take a table at Motley Cow Cafe in Iowa City and look forward to your next meal.
Bring your favorite drinks to Motley Cow Cafe, a hotspot for BYOB lovers.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Motley Cow Cafe.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Get online gratis thanks to Motley Cow Cafe's complimentary wifi.
At Motley Cow Cafe, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
Can't get enough of Motley Cow Cafe's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Patrons can park in a lot near Motley Cow Cafe or take advantage of the generous street parking.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Motley Cow Cafe.
Hitting the mid-range mark, Motley Cow Cafe s prices are perfectly reasonable for food that goes above and beyond.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
Whether you need help waking up in the morning or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, the coffee at Nodo in Mann will do the trick.
Bring the whole clan to this coffee shop — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Nodo.
Hop online in no time using Nodo's free wifi.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Nodo, known for its laid-back ambience.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this coffee shop.
The coffee shop also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Nodo to your next party or event.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Nodo makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
You won't have to hand them your (whole) wallet at Nodo — meals often run less than $15.
When you need an energy boost, head on over to Nodo and enjoy a delicious cup of Joe.
For the perfect jolt of caffeine, look no further than Longfellow's Java House.
Vegans can also enjoy the food at Java House since they offer a number of animal product-free items.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Java House, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Java House's wifi.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Java House's diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Pig out on affordable fare that tastes like a million bucks
Java House serves top-notch dishes that dazzle diners without the extra dollars.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Java House also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you have a long and busy day scheduled, head on over to Java House and enjoy a cup of Joe.
Grab a bite at Bubbledogy Karaoke & Cafe in Iowa City.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Bubbledogy Karaoke & Cafe with their complimentary wifi.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Bubbledogy Karaoke & Cafe's outdoor patio.
Pull your partner onto the dance floor — the restaurant provides more than enough room to twist the night away.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Garage parking is located nearby, though drivers are welcome to search for a spot on the street.
Dine at Bubbledogy Karaoke & Cafe for inexpensive and moderately priced menu options.
Enjoy blissful bakery bites at Deluxe Cakes and Pastries.
The cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats can tempt even the staunchest dieter.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Deluxe Cakes and Pastries, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Deluxe Cakes and Pastries is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Parking is easily accessible.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Deluxe Cakes and Pastries.
If you have a bake sale coming up and need some last-minute goodies, swing by Deluxe Cakes and Pastries and pick some up today.