Place to eat in CF/Waterloo like Cafe Somerset in Ames?

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  1. Skyh13

    Skyh13 Well-Known Member

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    I just moved to Waterloo about a month and a half ago, and I'm hoping to find some good local places to eat -- specifically, I'm wondering if there's a place here similar to The Cafe in Somerset in Ames? I know there aren't going to be a lot of places like that anywhere, but I figured I'd ask around.

    Of course, if any of you have any other favorite local places, I'd love to hear about them too!
     
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  2. Cybyassociation

    Cybyassociation Well-Known Member

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    What is the Cafe in Somerset like? Give me some examples of what type of food and I'll do my best
     
  3. IAm4State

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    Welcome to Waterloo!
    Have never been to "The Cafe". Maybe I need to go there and then give you the local feedback on who might be close to it.

    Otherwise, we could sit around at my place, grill some Herky burgers, and burn deadbird flags on my bonfire!
     
  4. Erik4Cy

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    never been to cafe somerset, but some good places to eat are Reux Orleans (sp?) in CF. as well as Galleria De Paco (bosnian owned upscale restaurant in the 'loo.) Brown Bottle in North Cedar is always nice as well! Welcome to the Cedar Valley!
     
  5. mramseyISU

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    Anything on Main Street in CF is going to be a winner.
     
  6. MNCyGuy

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    CU in downtown Waterloo is about the closest equivalent in my mind. Galleria de Paco downton is very nice, very fancy (multi-course meals and everything)...expensive though. Roux Orleans is pretty nice downtown, it's, as you might imagine, a cajun inspired upscale resteraunt. In Cedar Falls, you really can't go wrong downtown, although I wasn't real impressed with Montage the one time we went there.
     
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    A favorite of my wife and I.
     
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    Montage blows.
     
  9. MNCyGuy

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    Yea, I was just over there for a work lunch the other day. That lobster bisque is the bomb.
     
  10. cyclonepower

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    I couldnt disagree more, the times I have eaten at Montage it has been very good. Also, my gf's parents own Sub City on the Hill, stop by there and you will eat one of the best sandwiches you have ever had!
     
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  12. Skyh13

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    Thanks for the welcome and the suggestions, everyone! I appreciate it. I'll have to try out CU sometime.

    The Cafe is a nice little restaurant that has a cafe feel, but is a full restaurant, not just cafe sandwiches and coffee. Their menu is very creative, and changes fairly often (every couple of weeks or so). They like to use a lot of local meat and veggies in their dishes. For example of a couple of things I've had, one time for their Sunday brunch I got an "Italian Eggs Benedict", which was fantastic... had a variety of mediterranean veggies on it, plus great hollandaise sauce that had an extra twist to it. Another meal (this for dinner), I had was their special espresso-rubbed tri-tip steak, also great.

    Anyways, if you haven't been there, and are around Ames sometime, I highly recommend it. And for what you get, very reasonable prices.


    Yes, yes, I am familiar with yelp. But I wanted to ask around on this site from people who maybe know both the Ames and Cedar Valley area, and could give me a recommendation on what a similar place might be. But thanks anyways for the, albeit sarcastic, suggestion.
    And speaking of yelp, Broodwich, I noticed that the most recent review which appeared for "The Cafe" in Ames happens to have the same avatar as you... coincidence? :biggrin:
     
  13. danrog

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    yum. grew up in cf and love going there when i go back.
     
  14. kilgore_trout

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    Montage is great. Except for the food.
     
  15. BCPanther

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    Agreed on Montage not being very good.

    Bourbon Street on Main in CF is out of this world. Also agree on CU, its great. Also really like the Pump Haus on Main in CF...
     
  16. Erik4Cy

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    I LOVE pump haus as far as a drinking bar, but can't say their food ever impressed me, not bad though. Been some great local stuff in this thread and I'm sure that's what the OP is looking for but Texas Roadhouse is always there on University too, not to mention the crappy Bonanza went out and Buffalo Wild Wings is moving in!
     
  17. BCPanther

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    You, my friend, have never tried The Viking. What a great chicken sandwich smothered in about everything they can find...
     
  18. ajk4st8

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    Can I get a free sub?

    Bourbon Street is by far my favorite.
     
  19. IAm4State

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    Obviously, you guys all have more money to spend on dinner than I do. Closest thing to downtown CF I get to is Old Chicago!
     
  20. farminclone

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    For downtown try out Pump Haus and Toad's. Both very good. Other local places I like are Beck's and the OP (Other Place). Both have locations on the hill or on University. Beck's is a great sports bar and OP has really good pizza.
     

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