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Iowa City Tastes of Fall
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Iowa City Tastes of Fall

There are many reasons to love fall – for the changing leaves, cooler temperatures, pumpkin carving…the list goes on. Seasonal dishes at local restaurants are another reason, as chefs think up creative and delicious uses for fall harvest ingredients. Below are a few examples of restaurants keeping with the seasons within Iowa City’s Curious Communities.

Atlas World Grill is turning out special items this fall including a Butternut Risotto, and has added a carrot and date salad of chopped carrots, dates, feta, and cilantro on a bed of farro to the lunch menu. Atlas has also added brunch on the weekends, featuring creative items and cocktails.

Baroncini boasts its housemade pastas, made daily, alongside dishes such as seared Scottish salmon served with a butternut squash puree, roasted Brussel sprouts and balsamic glaze. Chef Baroncini is a former Executive Chef of Terrazza Di Giulietta in Verona, Italy and has worked as Assistant Chef at the Ristorante Il Desco, which received a two-star Michelin guide prestigious award also in Verona.

Blackstone is serving up pumpkin spice martinis and burnt old fashion cocktails alongside menu items including ponzu salmon. These items complement flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, and other staple options you can order anytime.

You’ll find a new special each time you visit Pullman Bar & Diner. The restaurant serves flavorful combinations in dishes like ricotta gnudi (dumplings) with roasted mushrooms and butternut squash, grana padano (cheese), balsamic, brown butter and fried sage, which is new to the menu. The staff does an incredible job of making sophisticated-sounding ingredients extremely approachable.

And if you just need a pick me up as you continue your fall endeavors, stop for fall flavored coffee at High Ground Café or Winans Chocolates + Coffee or a delectable pumpkin scone at Bread Garden Market.

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
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    Thanks for the fantastic fall post!
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