United Tastes of America: Iowa

Pumped to share this week’s segment of United Tastes of America.  It’s been a challenge finding food experts in all 50 states, but we’re getting there, slowly but surely. For today’s post, we’re beyond stoked to introduce you guys to Mike Ferguson (aka @fergy_finds_food) to discuss all things delicious in Iowa.

For those of you looking for good eats in the area, definitely make sure to bookmark and save this post.  Note:  all images on today’s post belong to the respective restaurants listed below.

Name:   Mike Ferguson (@fergy_finds_food)

City/State: Davenport, IA (Quad Cities)

Where to:

1. Grab brunch with your friends: Village Corner Deli in Davenport. I’ve tried almost all 20 of their cold and hot sandwiches, and they’re hands-down are some of the best hot sandwiches I’ve had in the entire Midwest. My absolute go-to favorite that cannot be beat is their turkey Italiano sandwich. This is a must-try for anyone, and I’d happily drive hours out of my way just to have this sandwich.

best sandwiches iowa

2.  Satisfy late night cravings: The Treehouse in Bettendorf. They have a wood fire pizza oven that makes amazing pies in addition to a great burger selection and a huge list of appetizers. They have outdoor seating as well, which is great for beautiful summer days.

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Treehouse Quad Cities

3.  Splurge $$$ on a killer meal:  Duck City Bistro.  Hands down the best steak or seafood you will find in the entire Quad City area.  They have a special non-menu item called the milk steak, and the owner & chef claims the 30 oz of meat in it can’t be finished in one sitting. I’m determined to prove him wrong soon.

4.  Go for date night:  Duck City, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse or Red Ginger Sushi.  

5.  Eat clean: Lemongrass Cafe in Rock Island or healthy Harvest Urban Farms due to their all vegan menu. Lemongrass Cafe is 100% organic and meets any and every diet restriction out there. They’re easily the two healthiest restaurants or quick bites to visit in the Quad City area.

6.  Enjoy coffee/tea with a friend: 392 Caffe. Think of this joint as a cool modern cafe with a lot of unique coffee blends and a wide variety of breakfast foods served hot off the grill as well as vegan and vegetarian options that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

7.  Dine on a budget:  Costa Del Mar Mexican Grill & Seafood off Brady Street in Davenport. We walked in there, and for $30, we left stuffed with tons of leftovers for the next day. My definition of on a budget would be feeding both my wife and I for under $30. Some people would say Denny’s but to me that’s not real food.

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costa del mar seafood

8.  Eat for the gram:  Zeke’s Island Cafe for Caribbean food. It’s one of the most amazing restaurants in the Quad Cities. Their “Aloha Plate” is an absolute must try, and it consists of juicy Hawaiian pulled pork that’s topped with huli huli chicken which is then served on island rice.  It’s garnished with zesty sriracha sauce, scallions, shredded carrots and served with an egg roll.

zeke's caribbean food

9.  Go with a large group:  I would say Duck City Bistro, Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse or Taco Bar QC.


1.  Burger:  Me and Billy. I don’t have a specific recommendation for you because they’re all amazing, but my personal favorite’s their weekly special.  It doesn’t have a name, and it’s literally called their “weekly special burger” so make sure you give it a try if you find yourself in the area.

2.  Pizza: Lopiez Pizza. I’ve tried every kind of pizza off their menu and all of them are amazing.  Think New York style thin-crust pizza with the most exquisite crust. My personal favorite is their El Gringo. 

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3.  Ice cream:Whiteys Ice Cream. You honestly can’t go wrong with any of their incredible flavors, but they have a ton of seasonal options you should try. They have some of the best ice cream in all of Iowa, and my personal favorite is their mint and chocolate oreo.  

Whitey's ice cream

4.  Asian food:  Fuji Sushi. Best sushi, noodles and egg rolls you’ll find in Iowa.

5.  Steak: Duck City Bistro

6.  Seafood:  Johnny’s Italian Steak House. Although they’re known for their steak, their crab cakes, shrimp, lobster tail, and oysters are amazing.

7.  Noodles:  Fuji Sushi 

8.  Coffee: 392 Caffe

9.  All you can eat:  Robert’s Buffet. Make it a family ritual or indulge on a special by visiting this incredible establishment. Hit up multiple food stations to satisfy your dietary needs with quality food that’s prepared in-house by chef Carina and her team! Crowd favorites are as follows: their prime rib, omelette bar and house-made gelato (12 rotating flavors).

Alright everyone, we hope you enjoyed reading all about Iowa’s food scene. A huge thanks to Mike for contributing today! To see more from our United Tastes of America series, make sure you click here and stay tuned for more.  Sending you guys all the positive vibes!


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