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Nov 7, 2010 08:34 AM

Thanksgiving Dinner in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City

We're going to be on a long driving trip on Thanksgiving Day. We should be arriving in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City around 12 or 1 PM, so we thought we'd stop there for dinner.

What are some decent restaurants in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City that are open for Thanksgiving dinner? Preferably something that serves the standard Thanksgiving foods. Some vegetarian options would also be appreciated, but aren't essential.

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  1. I wasn't a big fan, but I took my father to Iowa River Power Conpany one year and he loved the meal. It had the traditional offering... buffet style. There were vegetarian /pescetarian options for meal so there was stuff that I could eat... the desserts were pretty nice.

    Iowa River Power Restaurant
    501 1st Ave, Coralville, IA 52241

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    1. re: rozz01

      That's the only place I can think of, however I don't know CR very well.

      1. re: rozz01

        I'm not a huge fan of the food at the Power Company, but it has one of the best views I've seen at a restaurant in the state (most/all of the dining area overlooks the Iowa River).

        I doubt it's open for Thanksgiving but check to see about Lincoln Cafe in Mt. Vernon. If it's open that's where you want to go.

      2. 15 miles south of Iowa City the Riverside Casino has an extensive Thanksgiving buffet for $16.99 from 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

        1. If you are coming from the west, you will have 2 options stay on I-80 there is the Amana Village, as well another Amana Restaurant .Coming from the West you can exit off of 149 and go to 151 which is the " old back way " into Cedar Rapids, you will go through all the Amana Villages there is the Ox Yoke Inn which is the best known of all the Amanas Restaurants. Like New Orleans anything with it's doors open is great. If you aren't wanting to do the Amanas you can go into downtown Cedar Rapids and there is a Bishop's cafeteria. The Landmark Inn in Williamsburg, you can't miss it on I-80 & 149 exit huge cowboy standing in front. Always great food.I hope this helps.

          Ox Yoke Inn
          4420 220th Trl, Amana, IA 52203

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          1. re: 12Daniel7

            Really? These places are open on Thanksgiving Day?

            1. re: IowaBoy

              I forgot about OX Yoke... I've heard the Thanksgiving they throw is great.

              1. re: rozz01

                I was in CR today and noticed that Cibo Fusion has a Thanksgiving Brunch.


            2. re: 12Daniel7

              Dear 12Daniel17, Bishops is no longer available in downtown CR or either of the two mall locations where it was. They just closed up. I used to go with my grandmother when I was a kid so I really miss them ;but alas they are all out of business. There are several places to eat in the Amana Colonies but I have to agree that the Ox Yoke Inn is the best. There is also the Ronnenberg restaurant and then the Brick Haus down the road a bit. Check for the "family style" places for the holidays but sometimes you have to have a reservation because they are very crowded on the holidays. If you do go to the Ox Yoke Inn, have the Rhubarb Custard pie with Meringue. It is to die for. One of my favorites of all times. There are seven sister colonies and you have to get off I-80 onto Hwy 150 to get to Main Amana. A good side trip but a few miles out of the way.

              Brick Haus Restaurant
              , Amana, IA 52203

              Ox Yoke Inn
              4420 220th Trl, Amana, IA 52203

            3. I know this original post is old but:

              If you are wanting to save some of your money, Streamline Kids, a local non-profit children's charity is holding a Thanksgiving Day Feast for the community and it is free of charge. We are expecting a great turnout and you are more than welcome to stop by and grab some dinner.

              It is at the First Congregational Church at 361 17th St. SE Cedar Rapids.

              THIS IS FREE and again, you are all welcome to come.

              We will have turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, green been casserole, mac-n-cheese, regular stuffing, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, dinner rolls, pies, cookies, etc.

              Hope you can make it! It would be our pleasure!

              Look me up if you come!

              -Scott Hand
              Vice President
              Streamline Kids