If I wasn't hungry before, I definitely am now!

Last week I was talking to my mom back in Michigan, and she told me that she and my aunt want to come visit me here in Cedar Rapids this summer. My first thought was: where are we going to eat?

Whenever I have friends or family come visit, I like to take them out to eat at some of my favorite places. I was trying to come up with a list, but I ended up with WAY too many good ones. We can't possibly eat at 10 different places over the course of three days, so I decided to share that list with you! Some of these places I've eaten at 100 times, others I just recently became obsessed with. Here are ten places in Cedar Rapids that I think everyone should try at least once:

  • Gianna's Italian Beef
    • 375 3rd St SE
    • Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Vienna Beef Hot Dog, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Fries (with a side of cheese!)
  • Midtown Station
    • 715 2nd Ave SE
    • Open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m., Friday & Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Midtown Poutine, Firehouse Chicken Sandwich, GCBT
  • LP Street Food
    • 302 3rd Ave SW
    • Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Everything Pretzel, Foot-Long Chicago Dog, Walking Taco (with tater tots!)
  • Vivian's Soul Food
    • 2925 Williams Parkway SW
    • Open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Shrimp PoBoy, Fried Chicken, Baked Mac, and Mashed Potatoes
  • Tornado's Pub & Grub
    • 1600 3rd Street SE
    • Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Bar open until 2 a.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Pepperjack Cheese Balls, The Bigger Mac Burger
  • The Edison Pub & Eatery
    • 475 Northland Ave NE
    • Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Baked Mac & Cheese, Ribeye Steak Sandwich, Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon, Fish & Chips
  • Edith Lucielle's Bait Shack & Wing Depot
    • 6913 Mt Vernon Rd SE
    • Open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Tex-Mex Rolls, Battered Mozzarella Cheese, Cowboy Burger, Chocolate Peanut Butter Panic
  • Runt's Munchies
    • 529 5th Ave SE
    • Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Loaded Mashed Potato Bombs, F Bomb Egg Rolls, Garlic Parm Wings, ANYTHING from the Case of Yum!
  • Blind Pig
    • 3325 Center Point Rd NE
    • Open Saturday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Pig Out Nachos, Jacked Mac Burger, Buffalo Wings
  • Zeppelins Bar & Grill
    • 5300 Edgewood Rd NE
    • Open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    • Courtlin's Favorites: Cheese Wontons, Bookmaker, Voodoo Chicken Sandwich, Blueberry Mule

10 Awesome Cedar Rapids Restaurants

There were so many other great restaurants in and around Cedar Rapids that I could've included, so I'll save some of those for another article! Hopefully I gave you a few ideas for local restaurants to try.