On a Memorial Day weekend road trip to Iowa City, my friend and I were looking for an off-the-beaten-path place to have a bite to eat and enjoy the lovely weather in the high 70s with fairly clear skies. Rather than head downtown to outdoor seating at one the many hip Iowa City eateries, we starting driving toward Lisbon to have lunch at Sutliff Cider.
While Sutliff Cider is locally famous for their cider that is sold in many eateries in the Creative Corridor and beyond, Sutliff Cider is now offering their own lunch menu every Sunday now through September. While the menu isn’t extensive, there are enough sandwich options to appeal to most who enjoy simple, high-quality fare.
I settled on the Southern Comfort that featured pulled pork, barbeque sauce, and coleslaw all on a delicious brioche bun. My friend went for the Yankee Doodle with pastrami on marble rye. We went for a side of French fries, though chips and coleslaw were other options. Both of our meals were tasty, and the food wasn’t the only high point.
I rarely get a chance to just sit and relax out in the country, but having a meal with a good friend in beautiful weather surrounded by acres of farm and orchard proved to be a feast for all the sense. My friend sipped a tall glass of cider as the tables around us began to fill up, as we had gotten there around their opening time of noon.
If you are not on the hunt for lunch or supper, you can also come to enjoy the cider, beer, or ice-cold soda while you listen to the wide variety of bands that are on their calendar who play from 3-6 on Sundays. We were too early for the music, but I have no doubt that listening to some great tunes while sipping on refreshments would be a lovely afternoon activity in this rural hotspot.
On our way back to Iowa City, we stopped by the Sutliff Bridge, a truss bridge that was put on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1998. Open to the public, it’s a nice place to take in wonderful views of the Cedar River and a good place for shutterbugs to get some photos of both natural vistas and the marvels of human engineering.
I highly recommend checking out both Sutliff Cider and Sutliff Bridge this summer or early fall, especially if you are based in Iowa City or Cedar Rapids. It’s a short road trip that should not be missed!
Image credit: Jenny Kuderer