That's why we work hard to make even the simple sublime.
Palisades Cafe specializes in creative food with a local flair.
We source many of our ingredients locally for the freshest taste.
We are currently open Tuesday through Saturday, only for dinner. We sincerely hope to be able to expand back to something close to our normal schedule as soon as possible. As always, our hours will be updated on our Facebook page and on our telephone message. Please call ahead if you have any question if we are open.
Autumn is in Full SwingThe October menu is full of bold flavors, and the Burger of the Month is one of our all-time favorites - a deconstructed crab rangoon - topped with cream cheese, crab meat, sweet and sour sauce, and a fried wonton.
Speaking of favorites, our long-time General Manager, Elizabeth Gibson, has announced her upcoming retirement at the end of October. She started over 20 years ago working just one shift a week to help out at the Lincoln Cafe. That one shift ended up becoming a career - one for which the Palisades Cafe and our community are thankful.
So stop by this month and join us for a great meal and to wish Elizabeth all the best for her next adventure!
We are currently serving dinner every evening, Tuesday through Saturday.
You can still call in your orders to (319) 895-4041.
Herb-marinated grilled hanger steak with sweet potato mash and roasted shallots.
HONEY ROASTED DUCK
served with yukon gold and celery root puree, apple chutney and haricot vert.
SMOKED PORK STROGANOFF
with caramelized onions, mushrooms, egg noodles, pork jus and sour cream.
Butternut and mushroom bread pudding with Brussels sprouts, candied pecans, Parmesan and sherry cream.
with house-cured gravlax, clam chowder and pickled beets.
Unfortunately, we are not ready to resume our Brunch offering at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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, WINE, AND CRAFT COCKTAILS ALSO AVAILABLE
Reservations accepted: Online at www.cafepalisades.com or call us at (319) 895-4041
ONION RINGS WITH HORSERADISH AIOLI
TEMPURA GREEN BEANS WITH SOY DIP
(with burger, veggie patty, grilled loin, or grilled chicken. Served with chips, substitute fries - extra)
BURGER OF THE MONTH
Our burger of the month is topped with a deconstructed crab rangoon - cream cheese, crab meat, sweet and sour sauce and a fried wonton.
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
Choice of burger, grilled chicken breast, grilled loin, or veggie patty
Cheeses: American, cheddar, provolone, Swiss, chevre, blue, ghost pepper
Bacon, egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushrooms/onions
(add chicken, extra)
CAESAR - crisp romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and savory croutons
MIXED GREENS - w/ buttermilk, balsamic vin, blue cheese
SPINACH-ARUGULA - w/ fennel, feta, red onion, pomegranate vin
SMOKED SALMON - w/ mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumber, lemon caper dill
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
Beer and wine list available
(12 and under, please)
Noodles w/ butter and parmesan
All beef hot dog
Sandwiches served with chips.
Fries may be substituted for slightly more.
Ribs and eggs with home fries
Bloody mary mussels with baguette
Shrimp, grits and eggs
Biscuits and gravy
Huevos rancheros with mango salsa
Served w/ white or whole wheat toast
Florentine: spinach, provolone, tomato
Denver: prosciutto, peppers, onion, cheese
Palisades Poutine: cheddar,hash, sausage gravy
Crème brulee French toast
Waffles with whip and berries
We use Great River Maple Syrup – Iowa
Eggs - local Sparboe Farms
Toast (white or whole wheat)
Build your own:
Choice of: beef, chicken, grilled loin, 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.
Beer, wine, and craft cocktails are also available
(12 and under, please)
noodles with butter and parmesan
all beef hot dog
Sandwiches served with chips.
They have the best salad I have ever had. Including salads from all across the country! It is a Spinach Arugula salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. There is a hint of fennel and red onions are finely sliced. Then they top it off some wonderful feta cheese. Enough for two people at only $10. Crazy good.
"We got lunch as takeout, and it was wonderful! Could have eaten in using social distancing-lots of space for that-but got the catfish P.O.' boy with home fries, and the Jamaican jerk burger with salad. Substantial portions too. We will be back!"
Jim G. - West Branch, Iowa
March 2020 - Fun cafe! Excellent service
"Fun cafe! Excellent service and tasty food. Check out the ceiling fans! The creme brûlée was especially good and the coffee is delish."
"Where to begin? Our friend took us here. We had heard really good things about this place but we were in for a very pleasant surprise. Everything from the beginning to dessert was amazing! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. The place is casual but their food is off the charts. My hat is off to the Chef & staff. If you are anywhere near this place, please indulge yourself & get ready for a treat! The food is exceptional."
Hope K. - Melbourne, Florida
Stopped in with my mom looking for coffee, but ended up ordering food. Super nice staff and the food is AMAZING.
March 2019 - Wow! That was Incredible!!!
"We stopped by Saturday night because the specials in the email looked so interesting and delicious. We split two: the special burger and the pheasant. Both were off the charts good!! This meal was pretty much the same as the old Lincoln Cafe. Everything was perfect!!!"
"Love this place. Menu changes every month and the specials are fantastic. Great atmosphere, service, drinks, and food."
Terry S. - San Francisco
November 2018 - Quaint and cozy, food is excellent
"Though we are locals, we only manage to eat here occasionally. The service is always great, their monthly menu has a unique and very tasteful choice of entrees. Always look forward to going back!"
~ Brent S.
"This is my favorite local café! I make the drive from CR every few months just to visit it. The atmosphere is super cute and cozy, and the food is always fantastic. The monthly special menu items keep things interesting and are always worth looking forward to.
I also think that there's something for everyone. I love how they offer simple and classic lunch items, but they also have more gourmet menu items with fancy ingredients that I can't pronounce! I also love their vegetarian options, despite being a meat eater.
I think Palisades makes the perfect spot to get lunch and catch up with a friend. I would recommend it to anyone"
Bailey B. - Cedar Rapids, IA
"I haven't had anything less than amazing here. The atmosphere is lovely, there are options for vegetarians, and one of my favorite places in town all around."
Natalie B. - Mt. Vernon, IA
"I'm a little late to post this but I ate here when I returned for a college reunion a few years back. By myself I sat at the counter near the grill and watched them make simply the BEST Iowa Beef burger with bleu cheese! I've told hubs about the crunchy sear, the grilled bun and creamy melted bleu so many times, he may just take me back! While I'm sure my love affair with Iowa Beef may have me dreaming of eats I can't get in Nashville (where we live), I'd say this was the best Burger of my life! (And I've had a few...). Yum!"
Michele S. - Franklin, TN
"This place is definitely a good place to eat in the Mount Vernon area. Their menu changes every month so you have to go in every month to see what the new menu is. I really like their hamburgers. You can build your own custom burger or order one of their specialty burgers as well."
Paul F. - Mount Vernon, IA