The 6 Best Fusion Restaurants in Iowa!

For a more unique eating experience, it’s worth combing the taste of different cultures and checking out any one of the number of fusion restaurants found throughout Iowa. Ranging from perhaps the best dumplings found outside of Korea to a Thai restaurant worth plenty of visits, across Iowa are unique flavors for you to explore. Whether you are looking for something sweet, spicy or savory, perhaps all three, then your best bet will be to check out these six best fusion restaurants in Iowa.

1. Dumpling Darling, Iowa City, IA

Serving as one of the newest additions to the Iowa City culinary scene, Dumpling Darling provides a tantalizing menu of worldly inspired dishes sure to delight, including some of the state’s best dumplings. Outside of the Korean inspired dumplings from which they derive their name, Dumpling Darling also serves other fusion entrees including Bulgogi beef and rice cake noodles. With so many things to try on the menu at Dumpling Darling, many visits are required to get the full flavor of this street-food inspired restaurant. 

2. Café Fuzion, Des Moines, IA

Serving soulful pan-Asian cuisine, Café Fuzion of Des Moines aims to please with their wide selection of pho, fried rice, and curry entrees. While many tastes are present at Café Fuzion, the best way to describe the menu options of this Des Moines establishment is traditional cooking with a mix of new flavors. Whether you opt for the chicken satay appetizer, or the basil fried rice as your entree, you’ll never finding such winning combinations as the ones found at Café Fuzion.

3. Goldfinch Restaurant, Des Moines, IA

The Goldfinch Restaurant in Des Moines is special in many ways. Not only does their Mexican-South American menu stand out with unique flavors, but with an environmentally-focused agreement with local farmers, all ingredients at Goldfinch Restaurant are delivered fresh to your table. Between the sweet corn fritters and the tuna tostados social plates, and the pan-seared salmon served with forbidden rice, there is a lot to choose from when visiting the Goldfinch, and it all pairs nicely with the restaurant's extensive tequila list.

4. The J Bar, Davenport, IA

The chefs at the J Bar are known to “cook tough,” which means they spare no lack of detail when it comes to creating a quality meal. At the J Bar, customers can get a little taste of everything, and surely a taste of something new. Combining culture and flavor in unique combinations, whether you opt for the tuna wonton tacos or the spicy Szechwan lettuce wraps, it’s becomes quickly clear the menu at the J Bar is like nowhere else. For the ultimate eating experience, and the opportunity to please every part of your pallet, the J Bar offers a Saturday and Sunday brunch that, which could easily become a weekend tradition. 

5. Tacopocalypse, Des Moines, IA

Taco lovers rejoice, because even if it is the end of the world, at least there is the Tacopocalypse of Des Moines to keep your hungers satisfied. Featuring fantastic street tacos and fares found nowhere else in the world, Tacopocalypse combines many different flavors to make something you’ll enjoy. Home to the masa fries and many other mouthwatering options of tacos and burritos, including wasabi brisket, bulgogi and sesame pork, the hardest part about visiting Tacopocalypse in Des Moines is not drooling too much before you order.

6. Takanami, Iowa City, IA

Serving as one of Iowa City’s best sushi bars, Takanami also provides a Tappan Grill to have your now-raw entrees made hot and fresh in front of you. Combining authentic Japanese fare with an American twist, Takanami caters towards all types of appetites with their wide selection of sushi, entrees and specialty plates. Ranging from entree items like the Kobe Fillet served with miso-mashed potatoes to Crazy Calamari specialty rolls, there are a lot of avenues for new tastes and dining adventures at Takanami, making repeat visits nearly mandatory. 

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