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2017 Restaurant Year-End Review


Okay, those of you who visited all of the restaurants we featured in the 2017 Local Flavor articles, please raise your hands. Some of the restaurants? At least one? Don’t just read and not raise your hand; you’ll have a slight guilty feeling for the rest of the day.

The good news is that you still have ample opportunity to dine at our reviewed restaurants. 2018 is the here and now… a new year with new appetizers, house specialties, and desserts to experience. Just to rekindle the flames of your appetite, you are about to read our inaugural and prestigiously coveted list of Hot Foodie Highlights of 2017.

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Richard G. Shaluly and Melanie Devaney
Richard G. Shaluly is a Southern boy, but he claims that he hasn't missed a beat when it comes to finding warm hospitality and good down-home cooking right here in the Midwest. He has never backed down from a good-looking cheeseburger, but he has also enjoyed getting to the bottom of mouth-watering dishes in cozy spots from California to the Caribbean. His passion for Middle Eastern cuisine keeps him always willing to follow the sound of the adventurous dinner bell, dive in deep, and try something new. Melanie Devaney lives in Epworth. In her ‘other life’ as a singer-songwriter, she has traveled all over the country, as well as in Europe, discovering many delicious meals along the way. With an emphasis on maintaining an overall healthy diet, Melanie strives to find the perfect balance between tasty and nutritious. As a Dubuque County native, Melanie is delighted to see so many new, high-quality restaurants opening throughout the area.


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