If eating your way through Iowa this year sounds like something right up your alley, read on. We’ve pulled together twelve bucket list restaurants scattered around Iowa, one for each month of the year. If you are looking for some of the best restaurants in Iowa, we’re pretty sure you’ll find a few hidden gems here.

Iowa has some pretty cool places to eat don’t you think? From home-style cooking, like your grandma would make to fine dining, each has something unique to offer. How many of these have you already tried? And what do you think are the best restaurants in Iowa? Share your favorites with a comment.

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What are the best restaurants near Cedar Rapids, Iowa?

Cedar Rapids has some amazing choices for sitting down to a good meal. Here are a few restaurants near Cedar Rapids we think should be on your radar:

1. Cobble Hill Restaurant: Cedar Rapids, IA.
2. Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge: Iowa, City, IA
3. Napoli's Italian Restaurant: Marion, IA.
4. Oyama Sushi & Steakhouse: Cedar Rapids, IA.
5. Iowa River Power Restaurant: Coralville, IA.
6. Vesta: Coralville, IA.
7. Breitbach's Country Dining: Sherrill, IA.
8. Oscar's Restaurant: Hiawatha, IA.
9. St. Burch Tavern: Iowa City, IA.
10. Short's Burger & Shine: Iowa City, IA.

If you are looking for the best mom-and-pop restaurants in Iowa for some good old-fashioned heart-warming food check out our list of favorites here.

What are some good restaurants in Des Moines Iowa?

Des Moines Iowa is another great place to find a scrumptious meal. Let's take look at a list of some of the best restaurants near Des Moines Iowa:

  • Harbinger: A wonderful upscale restaurant with chef-curated food.
  • Proof: A Mediterranean-style restaurant that doesn't need to "prove" how good they are - they'll show you.
  • RoCA: Fantastic tapas, delicious food, and craft cocktails - simply heaven.
  • Americana: American comfort food, chops, and steaks in a unique setting - a historic building that used to be a car dealership going back to the early 1900s.
  • Zombie Burger + Drink Lab: Best burgers around! But watch out for the zombies in this horror-themed restaurant because they might steal your burger.
  • Brazil Terra Grill: A steakhouse that will delight your tastebuds with delicious meat - what more do you need? Oh, and try the grilled caramelized pineapple!
  • Bubba: Head to Bubba's for some amazing Southern comfort food and a huge selection of whiskies.
  • Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant: The first and only (so far) Ecuadorian restaurant in Des Moines. You just have to try their seafood lunch buffet!