Kent Lehr, 26, Iowa City/W. Des Moines
Iowa Health System
Shorts Burger and Shine
This place makes burgers, and they make them well. A lot of establishments in Iowa City do not place an emphasis on their food, but Shorts is an exception. Although they have a few chicken and veggie creations, the only reason to order either of those is because you have tried every burger. I can hardly think of a week that I didn’t meet friends for either lunch or dinner at Shorts. Some advice — try the Dundee.
If you want a no frills gym, Fit2Live is the place. I love taking part in the CrossFit classes, which are great training for multisport athletes. Two days a week, I spend my evenings in the boxing/MMA clinics learning from Katy Klinefelter, a professional boxer and local celebrity. The people who work there are awesome, the facilities inspire hard work and you won’t have to navigate around tanning beds or cafes to reach the workout area, which should be the real reason you are there.
I am not a library person, and there are way too many distractions at my house, so I usually like to study in a coffee shop. Tierra Coffee is a nice place to relax and hit the books. With free Internet, I can either get work done or take a break from studying. Their house coffees are large and will keep you going for hours. During the summer, sit outside next to the fountain.
Linn Street Café
This is my favorite restaurant in Iowa City. Everything on their menu is awesome, and they have a good wine list. The servers have good knowledge of the menu and how the food is prepared. Linn St. Café is perfect for date night, graduation dinners with the family or simply for an excellent meal before a night on the town. I highly recommend the short ribs or butternut squash ravioli.
Palisades-Kepler State Park
This park is a gem, and I have been enjoying it since doing my undergrad at Cornell College just down the road. They have everything from rock climbing to throwing a football on the sandbanks of the river. Once deep into the park, you forget that
10 minutes ago you turned off Highway 30. It’s quiet, beautiful and the perfect spot for an afternoon barbecue or picnic. Definitely take advantage of the many on-site charcoal grills.