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Culinary Guide to Dubuque

Dubuque is home to some of the finest local dining establishments in the Midwest, each with a unique taste and ambiance.

Take yourself on a life-changing culinary tour of Where Iowa Started.


Monk's Coffee Bar

When you’re looking for straight caffeine and a chill vibes atmosphere, look no further than Monk’s Kaffee Pub. Located along historic Bluff Street, this coffee shop by day, bar by night offers a homey hipster ambiance and excellently priced coffee to start your day off right.

East Mill

East Mill Bakery

If you are all about the sweet treat on a sunny morning, make sure to hit up East Mill Bakeshop. Housed in Dubuque’s former Milk House, pastries, muffins, and cinnamon rolls galore make for the perfect grab and go meal.

Charlottes Acai Bowl

Charlotte’s Coffee

Wake up with a roaring stomach? Head on over to Charlotte’s Coffee House for slice of Bacon Guacamole + Kiwi Toast or an Instagram-worthy Acai Bowl.

Wrap Inspire Cafe Dubuque

Inspire Cafe

An Italian inspired Five Cheese Pesto Aioli Grilled Cheese at Inspire Cafe in the Historic Millwork District is sure the please the biggest kid. Not to mention, Inspire boasts a number of sandwiches, flatbread pizzas and salads for every dietary need. Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan. They got it.

Adobos Dubuque Mexican Food

Adobos Mexican Grill

Sometimes a burrito is all you need. That’s when Adobos Mexican Grill is your go to. Stop by their shop on Main Street or stalk the food truck for a build-your-own Mexican feast.

American Bombshell Dubuque

American Bomshell

If quirk and culinary innovation is what you makes a meal, have a taste at American Bombshell. Their sandwiches are aces, so make sure to try out the Hula Girl, a balsamic chicken sandwich topped with green apple, pineapple and provolone, or the the namesake masterpiece, Bombshell, featuring Sam Adams beer simmered beef pot roast.

Po'Boy Flatted Fifth Dubuque

Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ

Recently named the must eat BBQ restaurant in Iowa by Southern Living Magazine, Flatted Fifth Blues + BBQ is on every tri-state traveler’s bucket list. From the mouthwatering Burnt Ends to the Cajun inspired Chicken Tchopitoulas, southern food lovers will rejoice.

Brazen Tortilla Dubuque

Brazen Open Kitchen

Farm fresh food is always in style at Brazen Open Kitchen. Sample from an ever evolving farm-to-table menu featuring Iowa-Raised Pork Ribs, house-made gnocchi and everything in between.

L.May Eatery Meal Dubuque

L.May Eatery

Decadent pizza is in store at L.May Eatery. This local favorite, featuring the “you’re in Dubuque” pizza, or even something unexpected like tacos al pastor, will have your taste buds clamoring for more.