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Courtlin’s Restaurant Bucket List — January Bonus Restaurant [PHOTOS]

Two new restaurants right in the beginning of the year? Don’t mind if I do!

Saturday night I went out for a friend’s birthday, and we happened to eat at a local restaurant that I’ve never tried before. I know the goal of my 2017 Restaurant Bucket List is to try one new restaurant a month, but nobody ever said I couldn’t exceed that goal! That’s why I decided to document my visit to Emil’s Hideaway in Cedar Rapids.

Now, Emil’s isn’t one of the restaurants on my original list, but it is one that I’ve heard good things about. Freshly healthy after my stomach bug, I decided to go all out with my meal. First, I tried a Spicy Chicken Rangoon from one of the other guests at the table. It was probably my favorite thing I tasted, and I didn’t even order it! Now I know for next time. For my meal, a friend and I split the Redneck Nachos and the 5 Cheese Pizza.


The 5 Cheese Pizza was GREAT. I mean, with five cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano) how could it NOT be? My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Aside from the food, I had a pretty good experience at the restaurant. Our server was very polite and I loved the atmosphere in there, especially all the Christmas lights. It was a nice little bonus to an already awesome month of January (QDogs was FANTASTIC).

Here are other potential restaurants I would like to try this year. If you have anymore suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment with your thoughts.


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