Taste the flavors of the world without even leaving Cedar Rapids. How? Simply by visiting The Map Room! This new pub recently opened up downtown. The atmosphere is warm and cozy inside, almost like stepping into your grandfather’s study. Interesting maps of all kinds hang from the walls. The beer and wine list is well-rounded and is not so long it makes it hard to choose what you would like. Creative craft cocktails are also available. The best-kept secret about this place is how good the burgers are. Oh my goodness, they are awesome!
The Map Room uses locally sourced meat for their burgers. Each one is named after a major city around the world. My husband ordered a New Orleans burger made with mortadella, ham, salami, mozzarella, provolone, and a spicy olive relish. I ordered a Saigon burger topped with ham, mortadella, cucumber, pickled carrots and radish, jalapeños, cilantro, and mayonnaise. It has a bit of a kick to it! One of the most popular burgers served here is the Memphis. The Memphis is topped with American cheese, pulled pork, French-fried onions, pickles, and a house-made BBQ sauce. Gluten-free buns are available. The salads change daily, based on ingredients the chef has available. Broccoli salad was the choice available for us. Some days, a kimchi potato salad is available. I can’t wait to come back and try it!
Not so adventurous when it comes to your food? You also have the choice to build your own burger. If you don’t feel like eating a full meal, you may choose from a variety of appetizers served over fries or crostini bread.
I definitely recommend this place for a unique experience. Curiosity will draw you in, comfort will bring you back. The Map Room is located at 416 3rd St SE in downtown Cedar Rapids (formerly known as Stella’s).