Every year, the website CommunityVotes Cedar Rapids hosts an online contest to find out what the best businesses are in the Cedar Rapids area. Users can nominate and vote on their favorites in a number of different categories, like Retail Stores, Pet & Pet Care, Services, Hair & Beauty, Healthcare, Automotive, and more.

We took a look at the 2024 winners in the Food & Drink category, which includes a ton of subcategories for different types of cuisine. Here are some of the big winners, voted on by the Cedar Rapids community:

All Restaurants

  1. Czech Town Station
  2. TIE
  3. TIE

Asian Restaurants

  1. TIE
  2. TIE
  3. Nara Thai Cuisine


  1. CR Midnight Smoker
  2. Up In Smoke BBQ
  3. Willie Ray's Q Shack


  1. TIE
  2. TIE
  3. Midtown Station


  1. TIE
  2. Granite City Food & Brewery
  3. LP Street Food


  1. Tornado's Grub and Pub
  2. The Map Room
  3. Starlite Room

Cafes and Coffee Shops

  1. Roasters Newbo
  2. Sweetopia
  3. Cafe St. Pio

Food Trucks

  1. Willie Ray's Q Shack
  2. Comfort Food 154
  3. County Line Catering & BBQ

Ice Cream

  1. TIE
  2. Bass Farms
  3. Parlor City Ice Cream

Mexican Restaurants

  1. Hacienda Las Glorias
  2. La Cantina
  3. Tie


  1. Zoey's Pizzeria
  2. Need Pizza
  3. Bop's Pizza

Sandwiches and Subs

  1. Jersey Mike's Subs
  2. Loosies
  3. Yummy Banh Mi
Crab Attack Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Facebook
Crab Attack Seafood Kitchen & Bar, Facebook


  1. Crab Attack Seafood Shack
  2. Ohana Poké Shop
  3. Daisy's Garage


  1. Texas Roadhouse
  2. Chophouse Downtown
  3. Kingston's Steakhouse
MIX - Uptown Marion, Facebook
MIX - Uptown Marion, Facebook


  1. MIX Sushi
  2. Oyama Sushi & Japanese Steakhouse
  3. Sushi House
Up In Smoke BBQ, Facebook
Up In Smoke BBQ, Facebook


  1. Up In Smoke BBQ
  2. Vernon Bar & Grill
  3. Red Frog

You can check out the results for all other food & drink categories from CommunityVotes HERE.

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