Devotay is consistently on local “best-of” lists and I’ve heard their name bandied about when discussing great places to eat in Iowa City. So with all the hype, I expected a bit of snobbery upon going in.
I was looking for a light lunch so I ordered a variety of hot tapas. Rarely do I want an entire steak but I am more than satisfied eating a bite of steak. Tapas let you nibble to your heart’s content.
I had the sourdough bread with roasted garlic oil, albondigas (bison meatballs in tomato-pepper sauce), three cheese quesadilla and aceitunas (assorted grilled olives). Every bite was interesting and unique and I was never bored as each course kept building.
The albondigas were zesty, warm and smothered in a bright fresh tomato sauce. The cheese quesadilla was far from ordinary. The combination of cheeses created a truly flavorful experience as opposed to the bland rubber you get from say, a Taco Bell quesadilla.
Devotay certainly lived up to its reputation and I can’t wait to go back for another (or several) bite.
Details: Devotay, 117 North Linn St., Iowa City; eat-in; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Saturday; (319) 354-1001 and www.devotay.net