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're home again and rested from a much needed vacation. More importantly, we have a new menu!
Normally our new menus start on the first Wednesday of the month, but Chef Chris came in early so we could try them all out. We were all hard pressed to pick out our favorite - they were all the best!
We're also starting to play with infusing liquors. First up - a pineapple-black pepper infused rum. We are still working out the rest of the details, and we'll be sure to announce additional offerings as we develop them.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon!!
ALMOND MAHI MAHI
w/ leek risotto, apricots, cherry pepper and coconut-caramel sauce, and rainbow baby carrots
PORK OSSO BUCCO
w/ toasted orzo, asparagus, pancetta, and gremolata
QUAIL AND PENNE
quail stuffed w/ cornbread, peaches, bacon and mozzarella, penne w/ arugula pest and cherry tomatoes
pepper stuffed w/ rice, beans, spinach, zucchini, golden raisins, manchego with salsa verde, avocado and cilantro-lime creme fraiche
w/ whipped yukons, ratatouille, IPA-cherry gastrique, and basil butter
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 319-895-4041
ONION RINGS WITH HORSERADISH AIOLI
TEMPURA GREEN BEANS WITH SOY DIP
(with burger, veggie patty or grilled chicken. served with chips,
substitute fries - extra)
BURGER OF THE MONTH
topped with prosciutto, cherry peppers, and mozzarella
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 or veggie patty
Cheeses: American, cheddar, provolone, Swiss, chevre, blue, ghost pepper
Bacon, egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushrooms/onions
(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
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, 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.
"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
"Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants I have ever been to, and I travel a lot! The food is so fresh, and the menu can accommodate any budget. A must place if you're in town."
Rocky M. - Cedar Rapids, IA
"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
"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
"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."
Richard, Mt. Vernon
"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!"
"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."
Iowa City, Iowa