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21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

For starters, don’t let the name fool you.

Cait White

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1. Loose Meat Is Way More Delicious Than It Sounds

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Maid-Rite via Facebook

Around lunchtime in the Quad Cities, you’ll find people craving sandwiches with ground beef, mustard, and dill pickles—but they aren’t hamburgers. The meat isn’t pattied, so they’re called loose meat sandwiches and they’re a Maid-Rite staple.

2. Don’t Knock Taco Pizza Until You Try It

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Flickr user Ginny

In Quad Cities, there’s an unusual type of pizza that’s a local favorite—taco pizza. It’s topped with lots of cheese, hot sauce, lettuce, beef, refried beans, and tortilla chips.

3. In Fact, Quad Citians Do All Their Pizzas A Little Different Here

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Wikimedia Commons user ericnotderek

It’s not just taco pizza that sets the Quad Cities apart—in this part of the world pizza has spicier tomato sauce, the toppings are under the cheese, and the pizza isn’t cut into slices, but strips.

4. The Best Live Music Is Played In Barns

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Codfish Hollow Barnstormers via Facebook

Bring your blankets, coolers, and lawn chairs because if you really want to see a great concert, it’s being run by the Codfish Hollow Barnstormers in an old barn.

5. People From The Quad Cities Could Go Brewery Hopping All Day Long

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Bent River Brewing Company via Facebook

With so many great breweries in Quad Cities—from Front Street Brewery to Great River Brewery to the Bent River Brewing Company and more—you’ll never, ever go thirsty.

6. You’ve Never Been To A Ballpark Like This One

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: RiverBandits.com

You can barely focus on the baseball game with everything there is to do at Modern Woodman Park. From the zipline, tiki bar with hot tub, and a lounge—it’s practically a theme park.

7. There’s A Whole 17 Days Of Fun In September

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: East West Riverfest via Facebook

The majority of September is dedicated to East West Riverfest, a cultural celebration of the Quad Cities heritage—which of course means everything from motorsport races to poetry readings to live music concerts.

8. It’s Not Christmas Until The Festival Of Trees

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts

It’s not the Christmas season in the Quad Cities until the Festival of Trees begins. There’s a holiday parade, you can sit on Santa’s lap, and of course, there are hundreds of Christmas trees, all lit up in twinkling lights for the holiday.

9. Green And Yellow Aren’t Just Colors, They’re A Way Of Life

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad Cities via Facebook

John Deere was born in the Quad Cities, and it pays homage to everything the company brought the area with the John Deere World Headquarters and a museum, called the John Deere Pavillion.

10. No, That Isn’t A Kayak Traffic Jam

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: River Action – Floatzilla via Facebook

Though they haven’t yet broken the record, that won’t stop Quad Cities locals from trying. Every year at the Floatzilla, a paddlesports festival on the Mississippi River, water sports lovers try to break the world record for biggest raft of canoes and kayaks.

11. The Bandits Are The Good Guys In Quad Cities

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad Cities River Bandits via Facebook

Get the idea of masked thieves out of your head. These Bandits are local heroes in Quad Cities. The minor league baseball team Quad Cities River Bandits draws huge crowds to Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.

12. Whitey’s Has The Best Ice Cream Around

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Whitey’s Ice Cream by Facebook

Just ask anyone in Quad Cities—you can’t find a better summertime (or really, anytime) treat than Whitey’s ice cream.

13. When You Get All Hot And Sweaty, There’s One Place To Cool Off

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad Cities via Facebook

Rock Island’s Whitewater Junction is the go-to cool-off spot in the sweaty summer months—especially if you have little kiddos.

14. Don’t Be Fooled By The Misnomer

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad Cities via Facebook

Quad Cities is actually five, not four, cities on the Mississippi River: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois.

15. Quad Cities Locals Love Their Mallards

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad City Mallards via Facebook

These mallards don’t swim on the water, they skate on top of it. The Quad City Mallards hockey team bring their dedicated fans to Moline to scream on to the home games.

16. Don’t Mess With Rock Island

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Rock Island Arsenal via Facebook

Rock Island is notorious for housing the largest government-owned weapons manufacturer in the whole country, the Rock Island Arsenal. But it’s not all work there, the arsenal hosts loads of events through the year.

17. The Quad City Symphony Is Better Than Your Symphony

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad City Symphony Orchestra via Facebook

When it’s been around since 1916, you know that it has to be good. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is an icon out here.

18. People From The Quad Cities Are All Jazzed Up

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Mississippi Valley Blues Festival via Facebook

Between the Davenport Mississippi Valley Blues Festival and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Festival, jazz is for sure a part of the culture of the Quad Cities.

19. The Show’s In The Air In East Moline

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Quad Cities Balloon Festival via Facebook

All eyes are on the sky when September rolls around, because that means it’s the Quad Cities Balloon Festival in East Moline.

20. If You Love Music, You Love Daytrotter

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: Daytrotter via Facebook

No, it’s not the latest band, but the absolute must-visit website Daytrotter will help you find your favorite band. Quad City’s favorite music destination has helped the careers of the Fleet Foxes, The National, and The Lumineers.

21. Pro Golfers Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Quad Cities

21 Things People From Quad Cities Have To Explain To Out-Of-Towners

Source: John Deere Classic via Facebook

The John Deere Classic in the PGA tournament is played in East Moline and it’s a tough course, so the the best professional golfers in the world come to play—like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

Did we miss anything? Tell us what you have to explain to out-of-towners about the Quad Cities in the comments below!

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posted on: November 18, 2014
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20 Comments

  1. CJ

    Tiger woods has never played in the JDC lol

  2. Karen Ott

    The Quad City Air Show

  3. Fiona

    This is list is great, but is missing one thing…Ballet Quad Cities!

  4. Sandra Vandersluis

    Busloads from around the mid-west to Circa 21
    Genesius Guild, Shakespeare, etc in the park
    Quad City Ballet
    Ride the River, bicycle trails
    Museums, Figge, Blackhawk, Arsenal, Putnam
    Indian Powwows
    Parks – Schweibert, Ben Butterworth, Duck Creek, Illiniwek, etc.
    Locks and dams, boating
    Eagles
    Equal time for Country Style
    Backwater Gamblers

  5. Eloise Graham

    A few others to add: The Skywalk; chunks of cement in art form – Isabel Blooms; Bix 7; Bix Jazz fest; RME; The District; Putnam and Giant Screen; Butterworth Center and Deere-Wiman House; Marathon that runs through 5 cities, federal property, Interstate bridge, government bridge, state highway bridge; Lagomarcino’s and green river soda = to name a few that other cities don’t have.

  6. Ramona Smith

    The John Deere Classic is not in East Moline, it is in Silvis.

  7. lisa stephens

    why there is so may corn fields..

  8. sara anderson

    That we have many bald eagles here along the Mississippi river during the winter months.

  9. Andrew

    The classic is played in Silvis not east moline….

  10. Mark Kikuts

    This person must not be from the Quad Cities. The JDC is in Silvis. A lot of people prefer Country Style over Whiteys. The QC is more than just 5 cities people as far away as Eldridge, Walcott, Orion and Aledo consider themselves from the Quad Cities.

  11. Jim Keenan

    Another item to add to the list of things that have to be explained about the Quad Cities is that the Mississippi runs from East to West here.

  12. Karla

    Jim’s Rib Haven….Harris Pizza….Putnam and Figgi Museum….Niabi Zoo

  13. Ken Moreland

    The Machine Shed

  14. Scott

    The John Deere Classic is actually played in Silvis, not East Moline.

  15. Tony Rockwell

    The John Deere classic is in Silvis, IL NOT East Moline.

  16. lori

    What about Country Style Ice Cream, they have the best soft serve ice cream anywhere.

  17. cindy

    The golf classic is in Silvis not east molinee

  18. PJ

    You missed the one I share the most often – the Mississippi River runs east to west here.

  19. Joe

    #1 must explain where the QC are.

  20. Morgan

    Who Bix is….

 

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