“Great restaurants are, of course, nothing but mouth-brothels. There is no point in going to them if one intends to keep one’s belt buckled.” ~Frederic Raphael
Good Morning from New Orleans! I hope you have all had a great week. I am looking forward to going home tonight…to see my family…to sleep in my bed…and to eat food I like! LOL (Seriously…the food down here just isn’t my thing. Sorry!)
If there is one thing I love about living in Iowa City, it is the plethora of great restaurants! Sure, I can do the every day chain restaurants (fave: Panera!) every now and then, but having phenomenal local restaurants sprinkled all over town has been a blessing. Truthfully, after leaving Minneapolis to move to Iowa City, the last thing I expected to find was great food (seriously….in Iowa?!). Boy was I wrong.
While there are several I could rave about, a consistent favorite over my last 7 yrs in Iowa City has been ATLAS. I.Love.The.Atlas. For those of you who live in the area, I am sure you can agree. For those of you who haven’t been…give it a try! A few of my favorites are below.
Appetizer: Chips and Salas (seems simple enough, right?) This salsa is soo good! It has a smoky chipotle twist.
Other great apps include the Black Bean Hummus, Boulder Rolls, and BBQ Shrimp Voodoo. Tasty!
My favorite salad (though also on the app menu): The Atlas Mixed Greens w/ Champagne Vinaigrette (the croutons are awesome!)
And my favorite main course: The Atlas Mac N Cheese!! (the slow roasted tomatoes on top are to die for! I always order extra. LOL)
Of special note: the lunch menu offers a “Mini Mac” option….which is plenty! The dinner portion is definitely enough to feed 2 (if you are up for sharing.)
Or if you are like me…taking some home for leftovers is always good too! (Just don’t forget some extra tomato topping to go.)
Other dinners/lunches that tempt me include the Buffalo Chicken Burrito & Tomato Bisque Soup. But I’m not going to lie, I have a hard time wavering from the Mac N Cheese. So.Good.
Take a break from the kitchen this weekend and treat yourself to dinner out. Support a local restaurant. They are hard to beat!
Indulge. In Life. In Love. In Food.