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Apr 23, 2010 10:35 AM

Sunday dinnner for a carnivore near Mount Vernon, Iowa

I am visiting Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa this Sunday with my son, a devout carnivore, who will be turning 18 on Monday. I wanted to take him somewhere not too far (within 45 min -1 hour) from Mt Vernon on Sunday evening. Lincoln Cafe seems to be the best local place, but it is closed on Sundays. Any suggestions?

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  1. Iowa City is about 20 or 30 minutes from Mt. Vernon and Cedar Rapids maybe 15 or 20. I don't think there are any other worth while options in Mt. Vernont (although much improved since when I went to Cornell). In Iowa City Joseph's is the upscale steak house - veg is ala carte so very carnivore friendly. I'm not very familiar with Cedar Rapids, but I'm sure there must be a steak house there as well. Sunday limits the options, but 126 in Iowa City and Mondo's in Coralville are both open on Sundays. Cornell is a beautiful campus, enjoy your visit. (hideous web site not indicative of the food

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    1. re: corneygirl

      We ended up at Joseph's Steak House in Iowa city, the carnivore's choice, and he was very happy. Though the food was really good, what struck me most was the difference in atmosphere from a NY Steak house (or almost any other restaurant for that matter. . The tables must have been 10 feet apart, and were separated by screens. It was not very full, but I would imagine that even when it is full, there would not bee the same din that you have in NY restaurants. It was a relaxing dinner, almost like a mini-vacation. Thanks for the recommendation.

      1. re: Alan Divack

        I'm glad it worked out and that you had a happy carnivore. Good luck with college decisions!

        1. re: corneygirl

          He decided on Cornell after a gap year in Israel. I hope that we have the chance to eat at Lincoln Cafe in the future.