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February 2008

Friday night at the Wig & Pen

The best indicator of a favorite local restaurant/pub is a full parking lot.  Showing up twenty five minutes early for a 7:30 appointment and not able to find a parking spot right away prompted the question, "Was it a good idea to have a meeting here on a Friday night?"

It all turned out ok.  The wait for a table was about a half-hour, the rest of the meeting party showing up around 7:30 didn't have a long wait at all.  It was a bit loud around the bar area, but it was after all a Friday night.

The food was great, the service was top notch, the prices very reasonable.  The Wigatoni - a signature dish - was outstanding as usual.  Another in the group stated that the fish & chips were the best he had ever eaten.  That's what's so great about the Wig & Pen, consistency.  The always good food and friendly service are why it's a favorite place for so many people.

5_star On a scale of five stars, the Wig & Pen rates a five!

The Wig & Pen is located at:  1220 Hwy 6 W, Iowa City, IA. 52246  PH:  319-354-2767

Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon

Attending a dinner meeting, the casual steakhouse chain proved to be a decent place to conduct one.  Seated in the Alamo Room, the surroundings were quiet, the food was good, the service was adequate.

The steak was prepared as requested, however the serving size was larger than asked for.  Prices have also climbed at the Lonestar, a Texas Ribeye, two sides, and two drinks came to about $30.00.  The wait staff did their jobs, but in a 'just going through the motions' kind of way.  That being written, if the choice were to be between the Outback or the Lonestar, the choice would be the Lonestar.

3_star The Lone Star receives three out of five stars.

The Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon is located at:

210 Second Street
IA, 52241-2608
Ph: 319 / 341-8444

Want a good Mexican meal? Try the Cancun

In a family night out on a Saturday, we were welcomed into the Cancun, a nicely casual, Mexican restaurant.  The service was top notch, the portions were huge, the food was delicious.  The younger kids enjoyed the burger and chicken tender options on the menu. 

The telltale signs of a good Mexican restaurant?  Warm chips, good salsa and tasty margaritas - the Cancun scores well.  A family of five can eat well and take home some leftovers for about $50.00. 

5_star On a scale of five stars, The Cancun rates a five!  The Cancun is located at:

708 1st Ave
Coralville, IA 52241
(319) 339-8500