West Branch Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in West Branch

April 14, 2018 Weston Hennigan

West Branch is a city in Cedar and Johnson counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 2,322 as of 2010 the 2010 census. It is the birthplace of the only American president born in Iowa, Herbert Hoover.
Things to do in West Branch

1. Reid's Beans

106 East Main Street, West Branch, IA 52358 Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch 319-643-3432
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 51 reviews

Reid's Beans

Phone: 319-643-3432

Reviewed By Joseph S - Arnold, Maryland

After exploring the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, I popped in the coffee shop for an early lunch. The cafe offers tasty, home-cooked, moderately-priced lunches. The daily menu is posted on a chalkboard, and on the day of my visit included among other items: quiche; roast beef, portabella mushroom, and provolone cheese sandwich; pulled pork; and clam chowder. The cafe serves specialty coffee and frozen drinks, but the iced tea was the most delicious I've drunk in years. The cafe has spacious windows, and decorative plates line the remaining wall space. The place is very popular with locals, and is definitely Iowa authentic.

2. Her Soup Kitchen

625 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4232 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 319-354-1602
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Her Soup Kitchen

Reviewed By Sharon C

We only get to eat here once a year on our drive to ski. Always look forward to this meal. The soups and sandwiches are prepared to order and never disappoint. Wish they were closer to home so I could eat here more often

3. Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 319-358-7342
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Oasis Falafel

Owners and friends Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan created Oasis the Falafel Joint in the summer of 2004. After meeting for lunch in downtown Iowa City the duo lamented that (at the time) falafel was nowhere to be found, and vowed to right this wrong. Naftaly had just left the tech industry and Ofer had just completed his degree in engineering – an unlikely starting place for what would become the world’s best hummus, falafel and fries.

Reviewed By GailCheryl - Iowa City, IA

I eat here often and am always happy with the taste delights and the terrific service. Today, the chicken skewer was perfectly cooked and hot out the the oven. The tabouli was fresh and bursting with flavor, with lots of parsley. The greek salad was also fresh and love the cheese and olives and the dressing is perfect. It's my go-to lunch nearly once a week. Excellent food for a reasonable price.

4. Mexico Lindo Grill and Cantina

315 E Main St, West Branch, IA 52358-9688 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 3 - SGD 20 +1 319-877-8025
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Mexico Lindo Grill and Cantina

Reviewed By GoneAgain02 - Des Moines Iowa

There aren't a lot of choices in West Branch, Iowa, and we think this is your best option if you like Mexican food. The day we were there it seemed like running it was a family affair, which does give it a nice vibe.

5. Jimmy Jack’s East Side

1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108 Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 319-354-7427
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Jimmy Jack’s East Side

Reviewed By aprille - Iowa City, IA

We love Jimmy Jack's! It's a wonderful east-side option. The service is always friendly and helpful, it's great for families, and the food is delicious. The fries will be my personal downfall because they're so tasty. My husband loves the fatty brisket, and I usually go for the pulled pork. We've also enjoyed the ribs and smoked half chicken. I also appreciate the variety of sauces. You really can't go wrong. Highly recommended for a great, casual meal!

6. Brick Arch Winery

116 W Main St, West Branch, IA 52358-9636 Seating Wine Bar Lunch, Dinner +1 319-643-4001
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Reviewed By ExploreWorld9732 - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Walking distance from Hoover Presidential Library. Pizza was very good. We did a wine tasting & we were not impressed.

7. Herb 'n' Lou's

107 N Downey St, West Branch, IA 52358-8667 Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol Pizza, American Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
32%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Herb 'n' Lou's

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Reviewed By kmbrown021393 - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Our friends stopped here for pizza and drinks before going to the Brick Arch Winery. The pizza was not in my top five, but for the price it was very good. We had some side salads and they were fresh and like I said the pizza was good. The entire bill came to less than $20. We also went to the bar to get a few drinks and the staff was very friendly.

8. Pullman Bar & Diner

17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3902 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 38 +1 319-338-1808
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Pullman Bar & Diner

We value three things: Service - There is nothing more important to us than delivering a positive and memorable experience. Community - Our team is comprised of proud Iowan's with deep passion and love for historic downtown Iowa City. Quality - Striving for excellence in all that we do.

Reviewed By Amy M

Very simply,the Pullman serves excellent food. Every item I've ordered, and every item I've swiped a bit of from a friend's plate, has been superb. The bar's drink menu is also quite good -- lots of options, something to go with every meal. Whenever I've visited, the service has been great, and I enjoy the ambiance of the place. It's become a new go-to for me whenever I'm back home for a visit.

9. Basta

121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 319-337-2010
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Basta

Reviewed By snickes - Chicago, Illinois

We have visited the college twice and both times we ate at Basta. It was absolutely delicious both times. We had the calamari appetizer and my daughter ordered a chicken and proscuitto dish and I had the beet and steak salad. We told the waitress we were going to split them so we could each try both entrees. Upon delivery to our table, they pre-split both items for us which was a nice touch. Service and food were both excellent! We love it there and when in the area, will probably return once again!!

10. Main Street Sweets

104 E Main Street, West Branch, IA 52358 Takeout, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 13 +1 319-643-5001
Excellent
37%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Main Street Sweets

Limited service ice cream and sandwich shop. Menu features burgers, tenderloins, chicken sandwiches, fries, cheese balls, onion rings and more. Ice cream includes Vanilla, Chocolate, Twist and FlavorBurst; sundaes, shakes/malts, Polar Bears & more.

Reviewed By gurutogo - Iowa City, Iowa

Great value, inexpensive but pretty good burgers, brats, fries and the ice cream is very reasonably priced. An asset to West Branch community and great place to take the kids for cones.

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