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Village Meat Market a haven for diners of all kinds

By Jordan Burmeister
On October 26, 2012

The moment I walked into the Village Meat Market in Cedar Rapids, I knew I was in meat heaven. Located in the Czech Village at 92 16th Ave. SW, the restaurant is split into a café and a meat market.

 The meat market has everything imaginable. The available options range from fresh deli meats, roasts, sausages, ground beef, ribeye and sirloin steak, chicken, ham, pork chops and much more.

 The market also specializes in smoking meat. Their smoked beef brisket and bacon is very popular among customers.

In addition to meats, they offer over 20 different types of cheeses.

The café serves breakfast, sandwiches, hamburgers and steak, with vegetarian-friendly options as well.  I had the butcher loaf sandwich and "bad dog".

The butcher loaf sandwich had homemade Czech meatloaf on French bread. The bad dog, the restaurant's take on the  hot dog, was beer battered and deep fried which gave it an extra crunch. All of the selections tried were excellent.

 The Village Meat Market and Café has been open for just over six months. Lou Thompson, the owner, said she came back to Cedar Rapids after Hurricane Katrina. She had plans for years to own the store and that recently became a reality. Thompson said there is live music on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in honor of her father's passion for music.

There is no doubt that the Village Meat Market and Café is my new favorite spot. Thompson's enthusiasm for her amazing store will lead to many repeat customers; she already has one in me.

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