Waterloo has a rich cultural history dating back to the mid-1800’s when Greeks, Italians, Croatians and Bulgarians from Eastern Europe and African Americans from Mississippi and Louisiana joined our community. This century, we’ve been joined by people from Latin America, Bosnia and Somalia. This melding of people has introduced new and unique flavors to the fabric of Waterloo.
Here are five unique and delicious flavors you can experience in Waterloo.
1. Basal Pizza
Basal Pizza specializes in Neapolitan wood-fired pizza. This type of pizza originated in Naples, Italy and is prepared with simple, fresh ingredients: a basic dough, raw tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and olive oil. No fancy toppings are allowed! Other specials at Basal include Lumpia – Filipino fried spring rolls filled with ground pork and mixed vegetables, roasted chicken marinated in Za’atar spice, and Sonoran dog.
2. Rodney’s Kitchen
It started off as a food stand on the sidewalk outside a laundromat. Now, Rodney’s Kitchen—the only soul food restaurant in the Cedar Valley—is a staple of the downtown Waterloo culinary scene. The only thing better than Rodney’s award-winning brisket burger is his hospitality and the love you feel while dining here. Stop by for authentic comfort food in a relaxing atmosphere and enjoy a free local beer with your meal.
3. La Placita
Homemade Mexican food hits the spot at La Placita. Enjoy their scratch made sauces, guacamole, and tortillas with all your favorites served just how you like them. The casual and inviting atmosphere and affordable options make this a place family and friends will love to dine.
4. Honey Garden
A mash up of flavors awaits at the Honey Garden restaurant. Try the extensive and authentic Indian menu, a delicious Greek gyro or traditional American fare. You can get it all—done right and all in one place. Masala, Saganaki, or an omelet. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
5. Balkan Cafe
New to Balkan Food? This family friendly restaurant can treat you to Cevapi with traditional flatbread, a national dish of Bosnia. They have many options to fill your comfort food cravings. Expand your palette with traditional Bosnian cuisine.