On Tuesday afternoon, Brain and I officially said goodbye to 2021 Listener Lunch. We always take the month of December off because of the chaos of the holidays, so we ended things this week at our November lunch spot, Runt's Munchies in Cedar Rapids. As always, we had a wonderful experience with the staff, the listeners, and the FOOD!

Runt's Munchies was one of just five Listener Lunch spots that we ate at in 2021. Because of the pandemic, we didn't begin doing it again until July. That means that we didn't get to take as many lunch groups out as we normally do over the course of the year, but don't worry! Plans for 2022 Listener Lunch are already in motion and we will be back at a great local restaurant beginning in January.

We just wanted to give a quick shout out to all the fun, friendly listeners that joined us for lunch this year, as well as all of the restaurants that served us up some amazing food. Those restaurants include Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery in Walford, the Class Act Restaurant at the Kirkwood Center, Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano, Chrome Horse Saloon NewBo, and Runt's Munchies. We can't even begin to express our appreciation!

We won't be taking entries for 2022 Listener Lunch until later on this month, but in the meantime, please enjoy this gallery of photos of all the food that we enjoyed. If something particular catches your eye, maybe give the restaurant a try this holiday season!

Brain & Courtlin's 2021 Listener Lunch Stops

We ate some REAL good food in the five months that we did Listener Lunch this year! Here are some photos from all of the awesome local restaurants.

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