The highly touted Newton’s Paradise Cafe sits at the intersection of 4th Street and Sycamore in the heart of Waterloo’s business district. The 1870s building, best known to locals as Newton’s Jewelers, was refaced with panels of Carrara Glass sometime in the 1930s and now offers a subtle Art Deco vibe. Patio seating and bicycle racks invite passersby to pause and refuel. Inside, bright neon walls and large windows ramp up the energy level. During lunch, the place bustles with couples, singles and tables full of downtown workers.
Breakfast is served all day; at lunchtime, diners can select from a well-vetted menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. Thoughtful details fill the menu: pickled onions and plump, fresh berries on the spinach salad ($7.99) and a choice of cheese on the perfectly juicy Angus burger ($8.99). In typical Midwestern fashion, a breaded tenderloin ($8.99) nearly as big as the plate dwarfs the well-dressed bun it’s served on. The dinner menu highlights Angus steaks, roast rock hen, racks of ribs, and fish and chips (from $16.99 to $23.99). Full bar service is available.
This bustling eatery lives up to its solid reputation for good food in a carefree atmosphere.