The Wide Rivery Winery. Fun, though Iowan wines tend to be like natives: deeply, weirdly sweet.
The Faithful Pilot Cafe & Spirits. A nice pub with Mississippi views, voted among the best in the Quad Cities.
The Drake on the Riverfront.
Stunning views of the Mississippi River from this contemporary American
restaurant in historic downtown Burlington. 106 Washington.
The Pepper Sprout.
Gourmet "Midwest Cuisine" that wins rave reviews from locals, served in
a pleasing dark-wood and exposed brick setting. Solid wine list, but
(alas) somewhat irregular lunch hours. 378 Main Street.
Cafe Manna Java. Wood-fired pizza, paninis, pastries, coffee and wifi. Great for lunch. 269 Main Street.
Asian Gourmet. Totally passable pad thai. 115 West 11th St., downtown.
Beecher's Ice Cream and Yogurt. "OMG, delicious," says one
frequent Dubuque visitor. Waffle cones made on the premises. Only open
during the summer. 1691 Asbury Rd., near University.
Betty Jane Homemade Candies & Ice Cream. This will do if Beecher's is closed. 3049 Asbury Road.
In addition to Manna Java:
Moo Java Espresso. For your drive-through latte, chai, green tea, and coffee needs. Two locations at: 4120 Dodge St. & 245 W 2nd St.
One Mean Bean. Free wi-fi, decent coffee, not that much room to sit. 2728 Asbury Rd.
Aroma. Free wi-fi. 806 Wacker Plaza, Ste. 116.
The Lift. A good little bar on lower Main that's part of the 180 Main entertainment complex,
which itself is a key part of the Old Main District revival that's been
taking place since 2000. Also has good food. 180 Main Street.
Woodfire Grill. Where the other Centro used to be. "Midwestern fare." 131 W. 2nd Street.
Duck City Bistro. East of Woodfire, at 115 East 3rd St. "Small but expensive and upscale by Iowa standards, it is where a lot of PGA golfers eat during the John Deere Classic."
Front Street Brewery. A local brew pub, which means they make their own. 208 East River Drive.
WHERE TO STAY.
Hotel Blackhawk. Has a good coffee/breakfast place, as well as an upscale restaurant (by Iowa standards) and a martini bar/bowling alley in the basement. Advertises itself as "hip and historic." Stay there or at the Radisson if you are overnighting.
Daly Creek Winery & Bistro. Classy, with a great
upscale-ish menu. The wine is, well, not Sonoma or Bordeaux, but it's
still fun and maybe a little oasis for a yuppie in nowheresville. 106
North Ford Street. (319)462-2525
Decker Hotel. A super-weird, super-cool spooky old
mansion. One 2007 guest says, "If I were a ghost, this is exactly the
kind of place I would hang out: creaky floorboards, lots of weird ornate
flourishes, a large gramophone inexplicably placed in the middle of a
third floor hallway, etc. Paradoxically, perhaps, for just $100 you can
get a king bed and a whirlpool tub, and there's a place with coffee and
fresh pastries about a block down Main Street." 128 North Main Street.