Foodie February: Local Classics

Council Bluffs is proud to be home to food entrepreneurs that have opened unique restaurants and pubs where locals and visitors can gather and enjoy a delicious meal. We celebrate these local classics during the first week of Foodie February.

712 eat + drink 


712 eat + drink is a contemporary American restaurant named for the Council Bluffs area code. The menu is filled with scratch-made recipes featuring locally grown produce and natural, locally sourced proteins.

Local favorites include seafood pasta, Korean stir-fry, crab Rangoon fries, and lobster mac!


Boxer Barbeque 


A recent winner of the Omaha Metropolitan Area Tourism Award for the best restaurant in Pottawattamie County, Boxer Barbeque serves traditional barbeque with a modern twist using only the finest cuts of meat. Enjoy their chef-inspired dishes in their beautifully restored 1887 building as you listen to the blues with your friends and family.

The chef’s favorite dish is the burnt ends!


Primo's Mexican Restaurant 


Enjoy some of the best Mexican food in the metro at Primo’s Mexican Restaurant! Using only the freshest ingredients, Primo’s serves a wide variety of delicious dishes, including fajitas, tamales, enchiladas, and more. Be sure to check out the “Valiente Burger.” It is two juicy beef patties, cheese, and bacon, topped with seasoned grilled onions and jalapeños. 


Tish's Restaurant 


Unwind with a delicious meal and drink on the spacious patio at Tish’s Restaurant! They serve flavorful scratch-made recipes using the freshest ingredients. Their perfected homemade sauces and attention to detail will keep you coming back!


Pizza King 


Pizza King, a local steakhouse, has served the Council Bluffs area since 1965 and has some of the best pizzas around! Their homemade pizza dough is topped with freshly sliced cheese and an abundance of mouthwatering toppings. Don’t be fooled by the name; Pizza King serves way more than just pizza! Locals love their prime rib, fried chicken dinner, and seafood options.


Mercy Thai Restaurant 


New to Council Bluffs, Mercy Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine! They offer traditional favorites like pad Thai, fresh spring rolls, and various soups, salads, and curry options. Located near Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, this is a great place to stop by after spending the afternoon at the park.


The Porch


A go-to spot for homestyle dishes, The Porch is known for their homemade mac & cheese dishes, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more! The restaurant’s patio spaciously opens up to sand volleyball courts, perfect for spring and summertime evenings.


Lincoln's Pub


Is wood-fired pizza your style of pie? Try out Lincoln’s Pub, an American gastropub located on the 100 Block! They offer a variety of 12” or 16” pizzas, including a classic Margherita and unique options like Thai Chicken, Loaded Philly, and Crab Rangoon!


Share Your Photos With Us!

Go check out these fantastic local classic options in Council Bluffs! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, meeting an old friend for lunch, or taking the whole family out, there are delicious options here in CB!

While dining at one of our unforgettable restaurants, take a photo of your meal, post it on social media, and tag @UNleashCB on Facebook or Instagram to be entered to win a gift card to a local restaurant.

For a complete list of restaurants in Council Bluffs, click here!

This post was originally published on February 1, 2023 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.