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Leaf Kitchen

301½ Kirkwood Ave.
Iowa City  Iowa  52240
United States
(319) 338-1909
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Midwest Living Review

Belle DuChene
With mismatched decor, Leaf Kitchen's one-of-a-kind eclectic charm (and great food) creates a memorable dining experience.

Leaf Kitchen’s eclectic more-is-more interior offers so much to take in that you may not know where to look first. Canary yellow 1950s-era chairs share space with turquoise stools that look like something out of an old bowling alley. Some tables are made of wood, some are Formica. No two salt and peppers shakers are the same, and the style of glassware differs from table to table. Nothing matches, yet somehow it all goes together. Give it a few minutes, and this place grows on you.

Serving brunch, lunch, afternoon tea (by reservation only) and sporadic special-occasion dinners, Leaf Kitchen relies on local produce for its recipes, and specials change often depending on what’s in season. Even the coffee is made especially for Leaf Kitchen at a certified organic and fair-trade specialty coffee roaster. For a hearty breakfast, the eggs Benedict ($8.50) is a popular choice (served with fruit or fried potatoes) and the ham and goat cheese quiche special  was fresh and satisfying. At lunchtime, a short list of gourmet sandwiches ($8 each) includes a roasted veggie panini, BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avacado) and curry chicken salad. 

Leaf Kitchen doesn’t take reservations and getting a table can be difficult on weekends, but the restaurant’s quirky vibe and delicious food make it worth the wait.

Visited: 
April 13, 2013

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