Fair Grounds Coffeehouse

Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant and Coffee Shop$$$$
Iowa City
  • Vanessa W.
    "Fantastic vegan nacho cheese and fair trade coffee."(7 Tips)
    Aaron S.
    "Try the Mediterraneo sandwich, or French Toast for breakfast."(4 Tips)
    Beth M.
    "Try the banana bread waffles!"(4 Tips)
    Layne S.
    "vegan red velvet cupcake"(2 Tips)
36 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • vegan food
  • waffles
  • French toast
  • gluten-free food
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  • Vanessa W.
    Vanessa W.June 15, 2012
    Incredibly large and delicious vegan cupcakes! Fantastic vegan nacho cheese and fair trade coffee. You won't find a more down to earth/friendly staff serving all of this deliciousness to you.
  • Mary P.
    Mary PetersonOctober 19, 2013
    I like this place, it's pretty good, great quality coffee for not too much, like $2 and the food is also good quality at a fair price. Only complaint is it's not open very late.
  • Francesca S.
    Francesca SmithDecember 6, 2011
    Far enough from the main campus but not too far to walk (by Greyhound station). Large tables, nice studying atmosphere. Grab some soup to fuel your studying, comes with bread that tastes SO good!
  • Jim E.
    Jim EllisSeptember 2, 2012
    First time here. The raspotle (raspberry & chipotle) French toast was amazing. People are friendly & atmosphere very welcoming. www.AwakeMySole.com
  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnJuly 18, 2016
    holy crap, the bananas foster french toast is KILLER. i would like to see them have dairy-free options other than soy milk, like almond or coconut milk.
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanMay 4, 2015
    Margaritas for less than $2! Service is a little slow so don't come here for a quick meal, but nice to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere
  • Paul C.
    Paul CoxAugust 12, 2011
    Cappuccinos come in 2 sizes, based on how much milk you want added. Order small for traditional ratio w/ two shots of espresso. Yum.
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SOctober 12, 2011
    I'm not a vegan, but this place has great food. Try the Mediterraneo sandwich, or French Toast for breakfast.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DeSioJanuary 22, 2012
    The breakfast burrito is the best I've had. Just keep in mind the "eggs" are tofu!
  • Bryn L.
    Bryn LovittMarch 7, 2010
    BEST huge, tall cup of chiapas coffee that ive ever had! and the waffles are perfectly cooked to a crisp with awesome butter and syroupe, substitute i believe.
  • Ferdinand H.
    Ferdinand HaiJuly 24, 2013
    The breakfast burrito have always been one of my favorites here. Don't miss out!
  • Marketing Institute U.
    If you enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a unique environment, fairgrounds is a must
  • Katie A.
    Katie ArthurNovember 16, 2011
    Try their AMAZING Gluten Free Menu, delicious g-free bakery items daily!
  • Rachel V.
    Rachel VanDorpeAugust 7, 2011
    French toast to die for. A must stop for any veggie or vegan!
  • Jhusky
    JhuskyMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best coffee in IC! Always extremely friendly and a very positive enviornment.
  • Layne S.
    Layne SheetzApril 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dont die before trying the Sweet Popeye or the vegan red velvet cupcake
  • Kimberly P.
    Kimberly PetersenMarch 21, 2011
    Try the Texas Omelette Waffle with sour cream. My favorite :)
  • Greg L.
    Greg LaraiaAugust 10, 2011
    A must-go-to if you're vegan and in Iowa City
  • ItGirl
    ItGirlOctober 24, 2010
    This place smells amazing and specializes in vegan fare. Try one of the many kinds of coffee.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HansenJanuary 25, 2012
    So here it is: I so much want to like this place - but the combination of leaving you smelling like a fried rat and the death metal music makes me say: Capanna. Better coffee. Better atmosphere.
  • Mendel
    MendelMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When ordering a coffee you can sub soy milk for half and half
  • Katie F.
    Katie FitchApril 25, 2012
    Get their chips and salsa!! Sooo good!
  • Gach B.
    Gach BothMay 20, 2015
    The omlet's
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 23, 2014
    Best drip coffee in town.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GreenfieldMarch 27, 2011
    Their breakfast burrito will never let you down, amazing!
  • Jan R.
    Jan ReneeSeptember 22, 2013
    Best waffle I ever ate.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HappMay 4
    Been here 25+ times
    Blue Sky medium roast is awesome.
  • Carrie G.
    Carrie GuentherDecember 5, 2011
    Delicious... but such a wait on service...
  • cliff t.
    cliff thompsonSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the jasmine green tea on ice. :-)
  • Dean S.
    Dean StokkaMay 8, 2010
    Coffee drinks in real cups! Love it!
  • Mendel
    MendelMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sub veggies for chips with any meal
  • Kimberly P.
    Kimberly PetersenMarch 3, 2011
    Be sure to try to nacho cheese :)
  • Beth M.
    Beth MaroneyAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the banana bread waffles!
  • Mendel
    MendelMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dont go to fair grounds for sunday brunch. 1 hr wait for food some sundays
  • MaryKay B.
    MaryKay BrooksMay 8, 2012
    If you are in a hurry this is not the place for you.
  • Mandy M.
    Mandy MacJanuary 24, 2012
    I will never go here again for a couple reasons. 1) It's dirty. 2) I left smelling like fryer grease. So bad! I had to go home, shower & change clothes.
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