food & drink

Bites

Your guide to area dining.

To place a listing, call Rebecca at 515.953.4822 ext. 303

 

Asian

 

King & I

Authentic Thai Cuisine with many menu items from Thailand and a sushi bar. Fine dining with beer and wine served. Select American menu items also available. Please come and enjoy with our Thai family! 1821 22nd St., West Des Moines. (515) 440-2075 or visit www.king-and-i-thaicuisine.com.

 

Wok in Motion

Wok in Motion serves delicious and quality Japanese style appetizers, dishes and a full sushi menu. When you are looking for a real deal, try Wok in Motion to satisfy your sushi needs. 5515 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines. (515) 564-7888 or visit www.wokinmotion.com.

 

Samurai Sushi and Hibachi

Sizzling Hibachi grills, a superb sushi bar and calming waterfall make up the delightful atmosphere at Samurai. Whether you enjoy the artistry of watching your meal being prepared on the grill at your table, or relaxing at the sushi bar, Samurai will take you on a culinary journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. 7125 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines. (515) 233-4888 or visit www.samuraisushiandhibachi.com.

 

Zen

A variety of noodles, roll and of course, sushi make Zen your place to go for authentic Japanese food. Zen also offers an extensive list of sakes, beer and wine to accommodate every taste. 400 Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 288-9637 or visit www.zendsm.com

Bar & Grills

 

Blue Moon Dueling Pianos Bar & Restaurant

High energy dueling pianos! Piano players from around the country tickle the ivories and test your singing ability. With dueling black grands, there is double the fun, twice as much energy and even more songs to be sung. But don’t worry, they’ll fuel your fire with delightful cocktails and light-fare eats. And during the week, they’ll take it down a notch with jazz, blues and lunch-time treats. In the West Glen Town Center. 5485 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines. 515-564-7300 or visit www.bluemoonduelingpianobar.com.

 

Fat Boyz Saloon & Grill

Great homemade food, fun and nightly dinner specials. Watch your favorite team on one of twelve TVs, pool and games. Full bar with happy hour 4-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close Monday-Thursday. Private party room available. 200 Gateway Dr., Grimes. 515-986-0355.

 

Goodson’s

Located right in the heart of Beaverdale, Goodsons is just the place to enjoy a quick lunch, grab a drink with friends, relax on the patio or to end your night. Menu items include a large variety of paninis, appetizers, soups and salads. 2821 Beaver Ave, Des Moines. (515)-255-1912 or visit www.goodsons-martini.com.

 

Star Bar

With a variety of pastas, burgers, sandwiches and more, there’s something at Star Bar for everyone. Full bar with an extensive martini, beer and wine list you will be able to find the perfect drink. Star Bar serves brunch starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday’s and Sunday’s. 2811 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. (515) 244-0790 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.starbardsm.com" www.starbardsm.com.

 

BBQ

 

Jethro’s BBQ

If you¹re looking for some of the best BBQ in town, this Drake neighborhood sports bar is the place to go. Jethro¹s racked up the awards in Cityview¹s 2009 best of readers poll winning best BBQ and runner up for best sports bar, chicken wings and new restaurant. Serving ribs, pork, beef brisket, whole chickens, and turkey that is smoked daily in our 750 lb capacity smoker. Stop by and see why we are the best! 3102 Forest Ave, Des Moines. (515)-279-3300 or visit www.jethrosdesmoines.com.

 

Uncle Wendells’s BBQ

“A word-of-mouth legend.” They do quality pig butts and beef brisket sandwiches made on fresh challah. The subtle but insistent smoke and sweet spice from the killer rub embolden the ribs. They’re suck-off-the-bone irresistible. Catering, dine-in and take-out. 2716 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. (515) 228-3207 or visit www.unclewendells.com.

 

Woody’s Smoke Shack

Established in 2002, Woody’s became successful at winning awards in many contests around the Midwest, including the World Pork Expo, American Royal in Kansas City and the Jack Daniels invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee; three of the most prestigious contests in the United States. Our specialty is BBQ. We’re a full service caterer, vendor and offer personal chef service as your needs require. 2511 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines. (515) 277-0005 or visit www.woodyssmokeshack.com.

 

Deli

 

Jimmy John’s

What makes Jimmy John’s different from the rest is that it’s honest, it’s damn good and it’s damn fast, at a decent price! Jimmy John’s definition of fresh is worlds apart from everyone else’s. Bread is baked in-house everyday and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house everyday. The turkey is real turkey; the roast beef is real roast beef – no additives, no vegetable-based fillers and no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann’s mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar — it’s the best of the best. To find the location nearest you visit www.jimmyjohns.com.

 

Palmer’s Deli & Market

Looking for a unique gift, a fine item to take along to a party or exciting flavors to serve at home? Palmer’s showcases a large variety of unique retail specialty foods. You can also choose from their extensive menu and they will either have everything ready for take out or delivery. Urbandale: (515) 270-6561, West Des Moines: (515) 223-0123, Kaleidoscope: (515) 288-4466, Ingersoll: (515) 274-4004, Ankeny: (515) 963-4500 or visit www.palmersdeliandmarket.com.

 

Family

 

Chef’s Kitchen

Located on the corner of 41st and Beaver in historic Beaverdale, Chef’s Kitchen is the perfect spot for homemade soups, salads as well as full menu of traditional dishes. 1903 Beaver Ave, Des Moines (Beaverdale). (515) 255-4411.

 

Chips

Indulge yourself with an oak-fired pizza at the lakeside location, or treat your friends and family to their world-famous rotisserie chicken and complimentary “chips.” Party rooms available for special events. Lunch and dinner served seven days a week. 2502 S.E. Tones Dr., Ankeny. (515) 964-2112 or visit www.chipsrestaurant.com.

 

Maid-Rite

We have been serving our delicious loose meat fresh ground beef sandwiches, seasoned to perfection and served on a piping hot bun for many years. Our Maid-Rite menu is made to your order just the way you want it. We are an affordably prices quick service Franchise that serves a delicious menu. 4100 SW 9th St., Des Moines (515) 244-8188.

 

Maxie’s

Maxie’s is locally owned, award winning, casual family dining restaurant serving you for over 40 years. Serving a full line menu of steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and sandwiches including our award winning Maxieburgers and hand battered onion rings. Daily specials every day and live entertainment the second Saturday of the month. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday 11 – 2:30 p.m. and dinner is Monday thru Thursday 4:30 – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 4:30 – 10 p.m. 1311 Grand Ave., West Des Moines. (515) 223-1463.

 

Ruby Tuesdays

Known for their signature handcrafted burgers, fresh garden bar and stylish atmosphere; Ruby Tuesday stands outs amongst its competition. Using fresh ingredients in all their dishes their menu offers a variety of chicken, pasta, steak, seafood, ribs and breakfast items sure to please anyone’s tastes. 4900 86th St., Urbandale. (515)-278-4476 or visit www.rubytuesday.com.

 

Fine Dining

 

Azalea

Azalea features modern American cuisine with locally grown, seasonal food with Mediterranean, Asian and regiaonal American influences. The lounge menu offers appetizers, sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas as well as a dining room menu that offers fresh fish, pasta, steaks and chips. Azalea’s wine program offers wines from around the world. 400 Walnut St., Des Moines. (515) 288-9606 or visit www.azaleadsm.com.

 

Bistro Montage

Bistro Montage offers a contemporary French cuisine and premium spirits and an extensive wine list. Chef Enosh Kelley was nominated for the 2009 James Beard Best Chef: Midwest and was voted 2009 Best Bistro Fare in Cityview’s annual reader’s poll. Come experience the some of the best food in Des Moines. Urban. Distinctive. Ambiance. 2724 Ingersoll, Des Moines. (515) 557-1924 or visit www.bistromontage.com.

 

Graze

Graze offers more than 60 martinis shaken with premium spirits and freshly squeezed fruit juice. The menu features the Food Guru’s world famous Chicken Lips and other entrée-sized appetizers perfect for sharing. Pair Grazing 101 with your favorite libation and let the good times roll! Call for reservations. 5513 Mills Civic Pkwy, Suite 100, West Des Moines. (515) 223-5477 or visit www.foodguru.com.

 

Le Jardin

At Le Jardin, we serve only the freshest and best ingredients: the beef will always be natural and grass fed, the poultry and eggs are free-range, the pork will be hormone and nitrate free and the seafood will come from Ecofish. We served rustic French cuisines including omelets, salads, entrées, deserts, a meat and cheese menu, French wines and European beers. 841 42nd St., Des Moines (Shops at Roosevelt). (515) 943-1926.

 

The Continental

We serve contemporary small plate cuisines from around the work in an urban, upbeat setting. Come join The Continental for live jazz on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Patio seating available. 428 E. Locust St., Des Moines. (515) 244-5845 or visit www.thecontinentaldsm.com.

 

Trostel’s Dish

You’ll love the unique dining experience offered at this restaurant. Small dishes with fresh flavors from around the world, plus wine and cheese flights. Private dining area for business meetings or intimate gatherings. Dinner: Monday – Saturday. Call for reservations for six or more. 12854 University Ave., Suite 400. Clive. (515) 221-DISH or visit www.dishtrostels.com.

 

Trostel’s Greenbriar

Enjoy four-star food with your friends and family at this fine-dining establishment. Order from their “Wine Spectator” awarded wine list. Their bar and patio offer a more casual atmosphere and menu, as well as drink specials. Dinner Monday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. 5810 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines. (515) 253-0124 or visit www.greenbriartrostels.com.

 

Food and Restaurant Products

 

Bolton and Hay

Established in 1920, Bolton & Hay is a locally owned and family operated foodservice equipment business. Whether you are a large scale institution, contract food service provider, five star full service fine dining restaurant, a fast food casual quick serve diner or a person who just enjoys cooking, “We can really make you cook!” 2701 Delaware Ave., Des Moines. (515) 265-2554 or visit us at www.boltonhay.com.

 

Italian

 

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano

Biaggi’s is a fun, casual, white-tablecloth restaurant that offers an extensive menu featuring a full selection of house-made and imported pasta, soups & salads, pizza, seafood, fresh fish, chicken, veal, steaks and desserts. Fresh. Affordable. Italian. 5990 University Ave., West Des Moines. (515) 221-9900 or visit www.biaggis.com.

 

Cafe di Scala

Contemporary Italian with a calabresse style served in a charming old Victorian home. The food is simple, yet elegant, based on recipes from the southern part of Italy and made from locally grown and produced ingredients. Dinner is served Thursday thru Saturday 5-10 p.m.; Private events Sunday thru Wednesday. 644 18th St., Des Moines. (515) 244-1353 or visit www.cafediscala.com.

 

Cosi Cucina

Cosi Cucina is the well-known West Des Moines Restaurant with an innovative Italian cuisine featuring homemade dishes and daily specials prepared with only the finest ingredients and served in a casual atmosphere. The extensive wine list offers over 36 wines available by the glass. 1975 N.W. 86th St., Clive. (515) 278-8148 or visit www.cosicuina.biz.

 

Mediterranean

 

Mythos Grill

Come to Mytho’s Grill and experience the flavor of the Mediterranean! Serving mouth-watering steak de burgo, sweet and savory crepes, pasta, seafood, Greek specialties and a full bar you’ll have an experience like no other right here in West Des Moines. 7450 Bridgewood Plaza, West Des Moines. (515) 440-1272.

 

Mexican

 

Dos Rios

Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge is conveniently located in the entertainment district across from the skywalk on Court Avenue in Downtown Des Moines. From after-work, margaritas to a fiesta-friendly lunch, dinner or event, Dos Rios has earned a place among Des Moines’ hot spots. Let the celebration at Dos Rios begin. 316 Court Ave., Des Moines. (515) 282-2995 or visit www.dosriosrestaurant.com.

 

Monterrey & Mazatlan

If you’re in the mood to go to a restaurant, relax and be served, but are looking to spend fewer dollars, Monterrey is great. They have very good food, great service and excellent prices. You never have to wait long to be seated or served. (Monterrey) 8801 University Ave., Clive. (515)-457-8900. (Mazatlan) 9974 Swanson Blvd., Clive. (515)334-9693.

 

Seafood

 

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

Splash Seafood Bar & Grill is a great place to enjoy fresh fish, oysters, and hand cut steaks all in a fun and vibrant surrounding right in downtown Des Moines. Visit our Oyster bar for some of the freshest original menu items or our famous clam chowder. 303 Locust St # 100, Des Moines. (515)-244-5686 or visit www.splash-seafood.com

 

Southern

 

Fat Tuesday

Des Moines, Iowa’s native New Orleans Restaurant, where you will find not only the flavors and tastes of New Orleans, but the southern dishes that diners have grown to love. Everyone will appreciate their great prices, great food, and hard to find cuisine! 6112 S.W. 9th Street Des Moines. (515) 285-3552 or visit www.fattuesday-restaurant.com
 

Steakhouse

 

AJ’s Steakhouse

Located at Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, AJ’s Steakhouse features awesome Iowa steaks and chops, seafood, pasta and the best prime rib in town. The atmosphere is elegant, but never stuffy. From boots to suits, this is your place for great steak. I-80 Exit 142, Altoona. (515) 957-3535 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.prairiemeadows.com" www.prairiemeadows.com.

 

Chicago Speakeasy

For over 30 years Chicago Speakeasy has been serving succulent prime-rib, hand cut steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken and ribs. With our famous salad bar, featuring over 40 homemade items, there is definitely something for everyone! Our cozy and casual atmosphere with superb food makes this a place you will bring your friends and family again and again. Enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Party room available. 1520 W. Euclid Ave. Des Moines. (515) 243-3141 or visit www.chicagospeakeasyrestaurant.com.

 

Ohana’s Steakhouse

The chef’s at Ohana’s welcome you to the most unique dining experience. Ohana in Hawaiian mean “family.” This family restaurant serves only the finest steaks, chicken, assorted seafood and spirits. Eating at Ohana’s is almost like going to the theater. The chefs portray comedians, jugglers and magicians. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this dining experience. Reservations recommended. 2900 University Ave., West Des Moines. (515) 225-3325 or visit www.ohanassteakhouse.com.

 


 

Chef of the week

 

Name: Ken

 

Restaurant: Appare Japanese Steakhouse

 

Position and years experience: Head sushi chef. Started in New York more than 10 years ago and have worked at Appare for three years.

 

How did you learn how to cook and prepare sushi? I worked for various restaurants in New York where I learned the best way to prepare the ingredients.

 

What would you recommend to Cityview readers to order? There are a lot of great choices on the menu, but I recommend the sushi and to try the Las Vegas roll, which is our signature roll.

 

What makes Appare different then other sushi restaurants? The main thing is our space that we have at the restaurant. We have the hibachi tables and the traditional Tatami rooms and party rooms. We also use the freshest ingredients, and aim for the highest quality of our products.

 

What is the biggest tip you can give Cityview readers on making sushi? Preparing the fish and the freshness of your ingredients is very important when making sushi. Know how to keep your ingredients fresh. Also, there are certain parts of the fish that work best for different dishes. Knowing which parts will best complement your dish comes with experience.

 

What are some of the seasonal dishes that you enjoy preparing? Toro, or fatty tuna. This is a real delicacy that melts in your mouth. Also Uni, or sea urchin and giant clams.

 

Appare Japanese Steakhouse
3769 86th St., Urbandale
252-8608

 


 

What we eat...

 

King & I Thai Cuisine

 

Name: Jean Friedrich

 

What did you order? Wonton soup.

 

What do you like about King & I? The food is healthy and delicious!

 

Name:
Andrea Anania

 

What did you order? Heart to heart and wonton soup. I also highly recommend the pineapple fried rice!

 

What do you like about King & I?
Everything is cut fresh and spiced the way you like.

 

King & I Thai Cuisine
1821 22nd St., West Des Moines
440-2075



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