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Thanks for this review of George's Buffet, my favorite, go-to watering hole in Iowa City. One omission must be pointed out though: Hot cashews served in little paper party cups. They are a perfect appetizer while waiting for the burgers.

The jukebox is also my favorite in town.

Until the last few years, the bartenders all wore red vests, which was a nice touch.

And George's still features the old Hamm's Beer back-lit bar signs w/the rotating background. Makes the Hamm's Beer go down easier.

Road Tips

I remember the red vests. But the day we were in there, the guy was just in a sweatshirt behind the bar.

I tried to take a picture of the Hamm's sign behind the bar, but my camera phone wasn't good enough to get a shot of it. I have a new phone now and hopefully I can get shots like that in the future.

Bob Conrad

My Mother was born in rural Iowa City on a farm in 1920. She moved to town to finish high school in 1936. She knew George and is trying to remember George's last name as I type. She is 94 and her maiden name was Vitosh. She tells the story about one of the bartenders back then, Ed Crisp (sp?) who lived life to the fullest and was shot and killed going to Hamburger Inn II about a block away. To her knowledge the murder remains unsolved. I've been going to George's since 1973 when I started at the U of I. I went there last week with my son. I think they still have the same wallpaper that they had in 1973. Have a great day and many happy memories. George's burgers are great.

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