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posted June 7th 12022 by Madelyn Orton for Little Village Magazine

Need a rest stop? Try one of these trailside, parkside and lakeside restaurants for a cool drink, quick snack or heaping scoop of ice cream.

1. The Pedalers Fork

Off of Cedar River Trail
2010 Sylvia Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

You’ll deserve a stop at the Pedalers Fork after that climb! Nestled on a hill, their large menu includes everything from burgers, salads and tacos, to mac and cheese bowls and six different types of nachos. Enjoy regular specials and an extensive tap beer and cocktail selection while you watch the trail traffic from the shaded patio out back. If you find yourself riding by on a Sunday morning, check out their extensive brunch buffet.

2. Sag Wagon

Off of Cedar Lake Loop
827 Shaver Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

On any given sunny summer day, the Sag Wagon is a cyclist hot spot. The spacious outdoor area is sprinkled with picnic tables, adirondack chairs, a sand volleyball court, firepit, and various yard games. Its convenient location on the trail means you won’t be the only one wearing spandex biking shorts.

3. Clock House Brewing

Off of Cedar River Trail
600 1st St SE, Cedar Rapids

Clock House Brewing has something for every type of beer drinker–even the nonbeer drinkers! Their rotating line-up consists of light lagers, dark porters, hazy IPAs and sours. You’ll also find guest ciders, wines and selters in the rotation. Their neighbors at Black Sheep Social Club are responsible for the appetizers and quick bites on the menu, even serving their crowd favorite duck fat fries.

4. Kickstand

Off of Cedar River Trail, near Osborn Park
203 16th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

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5. The Shack Tavern

Off of Cedar River Trail, near the Roller Dam
2545 Old River Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, 319-366-3629

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6. House Divided Brewery

Off of Cedar Valley Nature Trail, near Ely City Park
1620 Dows St, Ely

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7. Big Grove Solon Brewpub

Near Lake Macbride Trail
101 W Main St, Solon

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8. Bobber’s Grill

On the Coralville Lake, near Lake Macbride State Park
850 Scales Bend Rd NE, North Liberty

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9. Club 76 The Lodge

2349 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE A, North Liberty, 319-626-6046

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10. Ramen Belly

Near Iowa River Trail, Iowa River Corridor Trail
1010 Martin St, Iowa City

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11. Jon’s Ice Cream and Restaurant

Off historic Hiawatha Pioneer Trail
231 W Marengo Rd, Tiffin, 319-545-2558

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