Artful Food With A Local Flair

117 First Street W
Mt. Vernon, IA 52314
Tues-Sat, 11-2 & 5-9 | Sun brunch, 10-1

  • Great Food = A Great Experience

    Great Food = A Great Experience

    That's why we work hard to make even the simple sublime.

  • Fresh Fare for All

    Fresh Fare for All

    Palisades Cafe specializes in creative food with a local flair.

  • Delightfully Different Dishes

    Delightfully Different Dishes

    We source many of our ingredients locally for the freshest taste.


It's December!

Happy holidays! Come join us during this wonderful season to sample classic cocktails, and some new classics, too. We will be closed Sunday, Dec 24 - reopening Tues, Jan 2.


December Menu

LAMB TAGINE - with couscous, apricots, carrots and preserved lemon


STUFFED QUAIL - sweet brandy sausage, cranberries, gruyere arancini and sweet potatoes

PORK & DUCK CASSOULET - braised pork belly, duck confit, navy beans, pancetta and apple


SPINACH & MUSHROOM CAPELLINI - w/ walnuts and gorgonzola


ORGANIC IRISH SALMON -w/ mushroom flan, asparagus, sun dried tomato tapenade and lemongrass nage

VEGGIE SHEPHERD'S PIE - shepherd's pie without all the meat. Topped with Farmer Dave's pontiac potatoes



Brunch

Check out our creme brulee French toast or bloody Mary mussels, along with the rest of the great menu. Lovin' it! Sunday 10 am - 1 pm

BEER AND WINE ALSO AVAILABLE

Something for everyone

Reservations accepted: Online at www.cafepalisades.com or call 319-895-4041

Palisades Cafe - artful food with a local flair

Sandwich/ Salad Menu

APPETIZERS

ONION RINGS WITH HORSERADISH AIOLI
TEMPURA GREEN BEANS WITH SOY DIP
HANDCUT FRIES

SANDWICHES

(with burger, veggie patty or grilled chicken. served with chips,
substitute fries - extra)

BURGER OF THE MONTH
topped with apple chutney and gorgonzola


SOUTHWEST - Black bean, avocado, salsa, sour cream

PALISADES - Pickled beets, chevre, horseradish aioli, arugula

GREEK - Cucumber, tomato, feta, Kalamata olives

JAMAICAN - Jerk rub, mango salsa

BUILD YOUR OWN

Choice of burger, grilled chicken breast or veggie patty
Cheeses: American, cheddar, provolone, Swiss, chevre, blue, ghost pepper
Bacon, egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushrooms/onions

All sandwiched served with chips. Handcut fries or mixed greens available.


SALADS

(add chicken, extra)


MIXED GREENS - w/ buttermilk, balsamic vin, blue cheese

CAESAR SPINACH-ARUGULA - w/ fennel, feta. red onion, pomegranate vin

SMOKED TROUT - w/ mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumber, lemon caper dill

HOUSE FAVORITES

GRILLED PORTABELLO SANDWICH- w/ spinach, peppers,grilled onion, red pepper aioli

HAND BREADED PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH - w/pear slaw and gorgonzola

BLT - yep, a timeless favorite with only the best bacon, fresh, ripe tomato and lettuce w/ mayo

SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH - w/grilled red onion, spicy mayo

ST. LOUIS RIBS & FRIES - w/house BBQ

Please see the board for daily soup and desserts

Beer and wine list available



KID MENU

(12 and under, please)

Noodles w/ butter and parmesan

Burger

Cheeseburger

All beef hot dog

Grilled cheese

PB&J

Sandwiches served with chips.
Fries may be substituted for slightly more.


Brunch Menu

House Favorites

Ribs and eggs with home fries

Bloody mary mussels with baguette

Shrimp, grits and eggs

Biscuits and gravy

Huevos rancheros with mango salsa

Omelets

Served w/ white or whole wheat toast

Florentine: spinach, provolone, tomato

Denver: prosciutto, peppers, onion, cheese

Palisades Poutine: cheddar,hash, sausage gravy

Classics

Crème brulee French toast

Waffles

Waffles with whip and berries

We use Great River Maple Syrup – Iowa


Ala Carte

Eggs - local Sparboe Farms

Bacon

Home fries

Toast (white or whole wheat)


Sandwiches

Spicy chicken

BLT

BELT

Build your own:

Choice of: beef, chicken, or veggie patty

Cheese: american, cheddar, provolone,swiss, chevre,

blue, ghost pepper

Bacon, fried egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushroom/onion

*served with chips, home fries substitution available.

Something extra

donut holes

scone


Beer and wine list available



Kid menu

(12 and under, please)

noodles with butter and parmesan

burger

cheeseburger

all beef hot dog

grilled cheese

PB&J

Sandwiches served with chips.



Yelp logo/link to Yelp reviews

12/13/2015

"We do not live in Mt Vernon but make the short drive to eat at Palisades Cafe with regularity. There aren't many dining options in the area that compare. We love the food, intimate atmosphere, and friendly staff! Menu offerings are varied. There is something for everyone, and always a vegetarian option. Portions are perfect and presentation is lovely. Do save room for dessert! The chocolate brownie is one of the best we've had."

Laurie K.
Cedar Rapids, IA


4/15/2015

"Well this was a nice surprise when I was in town for work a few weeks back. They have a nice menu that gives you different options in this smaller town.

I had the smoked salmon casserole, I was beyond excited to see this on special. I love a good casserole. They knocked this one out of the park, a very nice creation on their part. I did have a delicious salad with it as well, the good stuff not the cheap pieces of lettuce.

I will have to go back to try more dishes, they have some nice options here that should keep you coming back for more. Glad to see a nice place like this in a smaller city, this is the type of place that can draw people from all over. I look forward to going back to try a few different dishes."

Mark G.
Iowa City, IA


Trip Advisor Logo/link to review

"Open Mic Night at the Pal"

"Great dinner or lunch spot. Very creative specials and great salads or burgers. Meet your friends or make new ones. Wine & beers or byob."

Reviewed February 8, 2016
Richard, Mt. Vernon

"Good food"
"We stopped in for lunch while traveling. My daughter had been to the dentist so she requested scrambled eggs - even though they were not in the menu. They were kind enough to make them for her. I had a great cheeseburger!"

Reviewed November 6, 2015
Susan M.Gunnedah


"Great food and friendly, hard-working staff.”

"Interesting fare, locally-sourced ingredients, & a passion for food. Need I say more?! Well, how about definitely worth the trip, as well."

Reviewed October 19, 2015
Mike Fallon
Iowa City, Iowa