Much like the citizens in the state, the restaurants of Iowa cover a wide demographic of flavors and entree options. If it’s French cuisine that you are looking for, you don’t have to look very far in Iowa. From some of the most delicious crepes you’ll find in the Midwest to the finest cuisine the French can offer, Iowa is serving up some of the best. Here are our favorite French restaurants in the state.
One of Iowa’s newest French bistros, Crêpes De Luxe serves up the fare, ambiance and friendliness of French cuisine in style, and can provide a great meal that is worth coming back for more. Featuring fantastic crêpes ranging from sweet to savory, and including the likes of the De Luxe Crepe with Gran Marnier orange liqueur, butter and sugar, and the Roma Crepe with sun dried tomatoes, feta, cranberries, chicken, spinach and pesto. While the appetizing entrees at Crêpes De Luxe that will have you coming back for more at Crêpes De Luxe, it’s the cozy environment that will make you want to stay.
Featuring a fresh expression of French cuisine, Chez Grace of Coralville is a small restaurant that exclusively serves dinner fare Wednesday through Sunday. While Chez Grace is optimal for a special occasion, the wide menu of nightly features and daily French cuisine warrants random visits just because. Patrons to Chez Grace are offered two, three or four courses depending on their appetite, and each option features new daily specials and chef’s creations, making for a unique experience every time you visit Chez Grace.
Featured as one of Iowa’s most prominent French restaurants, Django of Des Moines is reported to provide all the French with no attitude. Whatever their service might be, and it is great, what really makes Django so state-famous is their award-winning menu of French and French-inspired cuisine. From the duck-fat fried French fries (duck frites) to the French ham and cheese (croque monsieur), there are enough entrees to explore at Django for multiple meals, and multiple visits.
For those with a little sweet tooth, Deluxe Cakes and Pastries in Iowa City is a hidden-gem coffee shop that couldn’t be more comfortable if you found it in your home. Featuring baked-fresh daily French pastries and cakes, perhaps one of the best ways to enjoy Deluxe is to bring a book and idly spend the day wafting in the aroma coming from the ovens behind the counter. For a quick fix or something to bring home with you, each trip to the glass counter displaying all the homemade French convections items is a clear view into the all the happiness found in the world.