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Dining Dubuque: Catfish Charlie's and Yardarm Riverfront Bar and Grill

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

It's summertime in Eastern Iowa, and there's perhaps no better way to enjoy a nice day then on a deck outside with a nice meal and an ice cold drink.

Add in beautiful views of the Mississippi River, and you've got the formula for a great time.

In Dubuque,  there are a couple of spots that fit the bill if you're looking for a great summer destination.

Catfish Charlie's is one of them.

While they boast a very diverse menu, it's the food in their namesake--catfish--that sets this restaurant on the river apart.

"Our catfish out of the river is huge. We're catching, working with a commercial fisherman. We bring them in here, skin them out and we do several different dishes," said Owner Charlie Cretsinger.

That's right--much of the catfish served comes from the Mississippi River, ensuring a catch that's one of the freshest in the tri-states.

But it isn't just the catfish that brings people in. They have a huge deck overlooking the river that is a big draw during the summer months.

They also have a menu that caters to nearly all tastes.

"Our menu is so diversed in a number of directions that it's what helps us draw. We've got the deck, we've got the American Lady down below and we've got our catering, so we're all over the board," Cretsinger said.

Just a stone's throw down the river is another incredibly popular summer spot in Dubuque.

Yardarm Riverfront Bar and Grill also boasts a huge deck with more beautiful views of the river.

"There's probably no better spot to relax for a couple of hours, enjoying a drink on the Mississippi," said General Manager Bryan Conklin.

The smoke their own meat right outside, and are always working to find new, better recipes for their menu.

Some of their fan favorites include the chicken bacon nachos, the fireboat burger, and their signature, layered drink called the "Bob Marley".

They also underwent an ownership change a couple of years ago, and with that, they say, a renewed focus on high quality ingredients and menu options.

In addition to menu upgrades, they also boast a very busy and popular nightlife atmosphere.

They have three bars, including an outdoor tiki bar and a band bar, where they have live entertainment at least three nights a week.

"It's almost like a house party when they come down here because there are so many places to visit. You come outside for the beautiful day, you want to end your day at the band bar, and they could've started at the inside. So I feel like it's an ongoing experience down here," said Jamie Becker, a co-owner of the restaurant.

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