On the menu for Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2022

Edison’s Blackout salad is on the menu for Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2022. (Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)

Terrine is on the Black Sheep Social Club menu for Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2022. (Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance)

CEDAR RAPIDS — After another year of complicated challenges for restaurants, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has big changes in store to adapt Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week to local needs.

Most important: no feast of forks and knives to bring diners to one place at a time with unprecedented staff shortages the industry is facing. Instead, diners will be able to explore the restaurants on their own during an event now extended to 10 days – up from the usual seven days.

“Restaurants are now telling us they love Restaurant Week, and it certainly helps drive business and bring attention to our truly unique places, but they don’t have the manpower to wrap it all up. , haul, host an event for two to four hours and get carried away,” said Doug Neumann, executive director of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “We listened to them.”

If you are going to:

What: Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week

Or: 21 participating restaurants

When: From Friday February 18 to Sunday February 27.

Details: Without Fork and Knife Feast this year, enjoy dining at your own pace for 10 days. Find punch cards at participating restaurants and receive a restaurant stamp with $20 purchases. Punched cards can be returned to the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Economic Alliance for a chance to win a variety of prizes and gift cards to local restaurants.

Without a big kick-off event, this year’s Restaurant Week will focus on educating and mobilizing the public to experience the local food scene with two full weekends to explore. To help with this, the Economic Alliance is giving away a punch card to diners to win gift cards and prizes.

After receiving five stamps on punch cards, available at participating restaurants, diners can turn them in to the Economic Alliance to participate in giveaways for a mix of prizes and restaurant gift cards. Diners can receive stamps with a $20 purchase at participating restaurants, each offering their own promotional dishes or menus during Restaurant Week – some of which will be exclusive to the event.

“This year (involves) pushing social media and getting community members to visit participating restaurants,” said Maddix Stovie, event planner for the Economic Alliance. “It’s a small challenge that anyone can take on.”

The series of challenges for restaurants since 2020 have become increasingly complex. First, it was about state-ordered dining room closures. Then supply chain disruptions, rising costs and staff shortages followed. Now in its fourth year of coordinating restaurant week, the Economic Alliance said the annual staple is taking on a more serious tone.

“I think it’s more important than ever,” Neumann said. “Part of the message is, if you don’t support restaurants like this, they won’t be around.”

Since the pandemic, Iowa has lost about 750 restaurants, according to the Iowa Restaurant Association. Historically, February is the toughest and least profitable month for restaurants.

“Let’s make an intentional effort to make sure we don’t forget these places and make them sustainable,” Neumann said.

This year, 21 restaurants will participate, one more than last year, including 11 restaurants that were not on last year’s list. New entrants that have opened or reopened in the past year include Chophouse Downtown and Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan’s Bar.

Check out this year’s menu:

350 First (350 First Ave. NE): Green Chili Corn Bread with fennel butter, goat cheese, chives; 350 Chicken and Waffle with Breaded Chicken, Garlic Mash Waffle, Apple Butter, Kale Slaw; Maple caramel pudding with cocoa nibs, tart cherry and black pepper jam, apple butter.

Black Sheep Social Club (600 First St. SE): Pork Sausage Terrine with Koji Marinated Pork, Banana Ketchup, Lime Mayonnaise, Apple Kimchi.

Cedar Ridge (1441 Marak Rd. NW): White Noise Cocktail with Bagger Vodka and LaCrescent White Wine, Time In The Sun with Iowa Bourbon Whiskey; Le Tout (wood-fired pizza) with smoked bacon; Landlocked (shareable) with blue crab and vine-ripened tomatoes alongside Old Bay seasoned crostini.

Chophouse Downtown (411 First St. SE): Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tropical Chutney, Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Cauliflower Mash.

Fong’s Pizzav (1006 Third St. SE): Peppadew Poppers with bacon-wrapped Peppadew peppers; Fong’s Bowl Pizza with mashed potatoes, fried chicken, corn, gravy and more.

Groundswell Cafe (201 Third Ave. SW): Strawberry French Toast; Fruit parfait with Greek yogurt; Breakfast potatoes; Pineapple Coconut Curry; Mango salsa salad with a sweet and tangy lime vinaigrette; Baba Ganoush sandwich with eggplant bread and lightly breaded and fried carrots

La Cantina Bar N Grill (5400 Edgewood Rd. NE): Flights Margarita with four flavors, El Carnal with jalepeno tequila; appetizer platter with cheese dip, chicken quesadillas, sweet chili chicken wings and nachos; theft of cheese; seafood trio; Grilled Cheese Birria with tomato and basil soup; Torta Ahogada sandwich submerged in salsa, spread with refried beans on each side and filled with pork carnitas; Tres Leches for dessert.

Lion Bridge Brewing Company (59 16th Ave. SW): Meatballs with Tikka Masala sauce; beef short ribs with strawberry-jalapeno sauce; Ginger Peanut Breaded Plant-Based Chick’n Cutlet with Vegan Apple Slaw; Neapolitan Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Lady; beer pairings available with items.

LP Street Food (302 Third Ave. SW): smoked pork ramen; Sake To Me with Nigori Sake and LPSF House Ale; Apple Hand Pies with Milk Tea Sorbet; Cider Shooter with Cedar Ridge Bourbon, Cedar Ridge Fruit Brandy and Wilson’s Orchard Apple Cider Syrup.

Lucky’s at 16 (86 16th Ave. SW): Cajun Seafood Benedict; Philadelphia Sandwich; Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich with coleslaw and side dish.

Mulligan’s Pub (1060 Old Marion Rd. NE): Empanada with fried bananas; Brazilian Churrasco steak sandwich with marinated grilled flank steak on ciabatta bread with chimichurri; Blueberry Caipirinha.

NaRa Thai Kitchen (1725 Blairs Ferry Rd, Marion): Lek Tom Yum; country pad thai; Gra Pow Kai; Small dumpling sampler; pineapple delight; Pad Cha Talay; Hang Lay Beef; orange duck; Thai cream cake.

Parlor City Pub & Eatery (1125 Third. St. SE): Turkey BLT; Hand Breaded Chicken Sandwich; daily homemade soups.

Fork of the Pedals (2010 Sylvia Ave. NE): Florentine seafood lasagna with lobster and shrimp; bruschetta steak salad; Plate of Pedalers Forked Pork Chops; Chicken Parmesan; Balsamic portobello sandwich.

Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan’s Bar (101 Third Ave. SW): Three-course meal for $25: Caprese appetizer; Cheese tortellini with pancetta in your choice of pesto, red or white sauce with a salad or soup; homemade bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce for dessert.

Pub 217 (217 Third St. SE): Classic meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and candied carrots.

The Class Act (7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW): crispy chicken BLT; Country Fried Beef Filet; Fig and salted caramel cheesecake.

The Edison Pub & Eatery (475 Northland Ave. NE): Three-course meal for $20: Choice of soup or salad; macaroni and cheese or buffalo macaroni and cheese; Edison Burger with choice of side; Pot Roast with mashed potatoes and vegetables; Black salad with bread; dessert of the day.

The Map Room (416 Third St. SE): Burger and cocktail for $24; “Ode to Iowa Potluck” Special Cheddar Smash Burger Topped with Waldorf-Style Coleslaw, Wake Up Iowa! Crusted pork loin, maple and bacon aioli. Served with an old fashioned corn on the cob cocktail with Cedar Ridge rye.

Tomaso’s Pizza Cedar Rapids (3234 Center Point Rd. NE): Restaurant meal of the week for $32 with garlic cheese bread, a medium Detroit Mombo combo pizza and two drinks; Mombo Combo with pepperoni, sausage, fresh mushrooms, hand-sliced ​​onions and green peppers, and California black olives.

Vito’s at 42nd (4100 River Ridge Drive NE): Vito’s scallops; Vito’s Surf & Turf with tenderloin; Papa Gallo Pork Cutlets; Electric lemonade with Absolut Citron and Blue Curaçao; Tiramisu Martini with Amaretto, Kahlua and Vanilla Vodka; choice of desserts of the day.

The Gazette is a sponsor of Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week.

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