Patch Restaurant Challenge: The Valentine's Day Rumble

In this contest of local restaurants, who will emerge victorious as Iowa City's number one Valentine's Day spot.


Valentine's Day is coming up Iowa City, and three restaurants are ready to compete for your love.

Iowa City Patch selected three local options from our list of . These three restaurants have agreed compete to see who can get the most reviews in our directory by noon on Feb. 13. The winner will be featured as Iowa City Patch's Valentine Favorite on Valentine's Day.

All are great options, but only one can win. Who that winner is will be up to you.

Our contestants: Forming a nice little triangle on that map to the right, you'll see in one corner In corner number two, . And rounding out our competitors will be .

We felt this selection would provide a nice range of different Valentine's Day options.

Here's how we decide the winner: The contestant that receives the most reviews on their business directory listing by noon on Feb. 13 wins the challenge and the ensuing bragging rights.

To review the business, find them in our business directory or by clicking the business links above. Then write a review, either related to Valentine's Day or based on your general experience with the restaurant, and end your review with the #Valentine so it can be properly counted. As a bonus, your reviews may also be featured in the story on the winner.

Voting starts today and will close at noon on Monday, Feb. 13. The best part? Voting doesn't cost you a thing. So get going and spread the love!

Stephen Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Sunday afternoon update on the challenge: Orchard Green = 13, Devotay = 10, Blackstone = 8.
Stephen Schmidt February 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Final standings update before voting closes. Orchard Green maintains its lead with 20 votes, Devotay has 17, and Blackstone has 8.
Stephen Schmidt February 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Voting closes at noon, so if you want to vote get them in sooner rather than later.
Stephen Schmidt February 13, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Voting is closed, I'll allow the 12:01 p.m. vote that came in just before the closing bell. With 34 reviews, Devotay is the winner of this challenge! Orchard Green comes in second with 22 reviews, and Blackstone surged admirably today but still fell into third with 18 reviews. Devotay will be featured tomorrow as Iowa City Patch's Valentine restaurant. I'd like to thank all three great restaurants for participating.
Kurt Michael Friese February 13, 2012 at 10:41 PM
yay! ClapClapClap!!! Thanks Patch and everyone who voted for Devotay, Orchard Green and Blackstone, worthy restaurants all!


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