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 are also available. Please come and enjoy with our Thai family. 1821 22nd St., West Des Moines. 440-2075 or visit www.king-and-i-thaicuisine.com.

 

Taki
This award winning Japanese Steakhouse is known for having the city’s most comprehensive sushi bar selection. Our goal is to create an exciting and beautiful place to enjoy a culinary experience and to continue to be recognized for our quality menu. 2677 86th St., Urbandale. 331-3030.

 

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 Parkway, West Des Moines. 564-7888 or visit www.wokinmotion.com.

 

Bar & Grills

 

Fat Boyz Saloon & Grill
Great homemade food, fun and nightly dinner specials. Watch your favorite team on one of 12 TVs, or enjoy 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 Drive, Grimes. 986-0355.

 

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. 244-0790 or visit www.starbardsm.com.

 

BBQ

 

Famous Daves
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que -— Winner of over 400 awards. Featuring hickory-smoked ribs and barbequed meats, smokin’ sandwiches, half-pound burgers and garden fresh salads. Lunch or dinner, dine-in or to go. 1720 22nd St., West Des Moines. 267-0800.

 

Jethro’s BBQ
If you’re looking for some of the best BBQ in town, this Drake neighborhood sports bar is the place to go. Jethro’s racked up the awards in Cityview’s 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. 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. 288-3207 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. 277-0005 or visit www.woodyssmokeshack.com.

 

Deli

 

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: 270-6561, West Des Moines: 223-0123, Kaleidoscope: 288-4466, Ingersoll: 274-4004, Ankeny: 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. 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 Drive, Ankeny. 964-2112 or visit www.chipsrestaurant.com.

 

Harvest Moon
Bottom line, we opened our place because we wanted a place to go to have some fun and eat good food any day of the week in Dallas Center. We love this funky town and all the characters in it, and it has been our privilege to offer great food, reasonable prices and bring in bands and karaoke so folks can kick up their heels a bit. Check out our menu and entertainment happenings! 1405 Walnut PO Box 123, Dallas Center, Iowa, 50063
515.992.3868 or visit dcharvestmoon.com.

 

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. 223-1463.

 

Ruby Tuesday
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. 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. 288-9606 or visit www.azaleadsm.com.

 

BoS
BoS features unique selections and traditional favorites with a contemporary flair. We pride ourselves on featuring local products whenever possible! Enjoy the magnificent wine collection or try one of our specialty cocktails. A private dining room is available to accommodate up to 36 guests. Located downtown near the Civic Center and Wells Fargo Arena with access to the skywalk. 4th & Locust. 284-1BOS or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.bosdemoines.com" www.bosdemoines.com

 

Mojos
Local cuisine that puts a new spin on old classics and brings creative, refreshing new flavor combinations certain to please even the most discerning of palates. Join us for the best upscale, casual and creative dining experience you will find in central Iowa. 6163 N.W. 86th St., Johnston. 334-3699 or visit www.mojoson86th.com.

 

Sbrocco
Sbrocco is Des Moines’s best one stop shop for all things wine. We are a neighborhood restaurant, wine bar and wine shop in an informal, yet sophisticated setting. Chef Andrew Meek has created a menu that emphasized fresh and local foods, carefully prepared and matched with excellent wines and terrific service. 208 Court Ave., Des Moines. 282-3663 or visit www.sbroccowine.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. 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 Road, Des Moines. 253-0124 or visit www.greenbriartrostels.com.

 

Food & 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. 265-2554 or visit www.boltonhay.com.

 

Law Equipment
Serves all your restaurant, food service and bar equipment needs. New and used equipment, smallwares and glasswares in stock. Full line dealer. If we don’t have it, we can get it. Ground up design services available. Special orders welcome from one piece to complete build out. Law Equipment, 10095 Hickman Court, Suite B, Clive. 334-5036.

 

Indian

 

Namaste India
Namaste specializes in South Indian food but also serves North Indian cuisine. Specialties include their Raw Chicken Curry and Goat Curry as well as Hyderabad Biryani. They are also introducing Indo-Chinese to the menu. Indian beers are also available. Dine in or carryout available. 7500 University Ave. #A, Clive. 255-1698.

 

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. 221-9900 or visit www.biaggis.com.

 

Coach’s Pizza
Coach’s has been making pizza since 2000 preparing our dough fresh daily and using only the best ingredients. The menu also offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Come by and let us show you how great ingredient, service and food combine to make for an unforgettable dining experience. Dine-In, carryout and delivery. 560 South Prairie View Drive, West Glen Town Center, West Des Moines. 223-2233 or visit www.coachespizza.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. 278-8148 or visit www.cosicuina.biz.

 

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. 282-2995 or visit www.dosriosrestaurant.com.

 

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. 244-5686 or visit HYPERLINK "http://www.splash-seafood.com" www.splash-seafood.com.

WaterFront Seafood Restaurant
Voted “Best Seafood” in Des Moines for 19 years in a row. That is all we have to say. Two locations: 2900 University Ave., Clive. 223-5106 and 2414 S.E. Tone’s Drive, Ankeny 963-1940 or visit www.waterfrontseafoodmarket.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 St., Des Moines. 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. 957-3535 or visit 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. 243-3141 or visit www.chicagospeakeasyrestaurant.com

 

Ohana’s Steakhouse
The chefs at Ohana’s Steakhouse welcome you to the most unique dining experience. Ohana in Hawaiian means “family.” This family restaurant serves only the finest steaks, chicken, assored seafood and spirits. Eating at Ohana’s is almost like going to the theatre. The chefs portray comedians, jugglers and magicians. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the dining experience. 2900 University Ave., West Des Moines. Reservations are recommended, call 225-3325 or visit www.ohanasteakhouse.com.

 

Wine & Spirits

 

Wine & Spirits Gallery
Your one stop shop for retail and whole sale wine, liquor and beer. Wine and Spirits Gallery has great selection and great prices making it the only place you need to go to stock up for all of your occasions. 7690 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights. 270-8609.

 


 

Chef of the week

 

Name: Tim Crank

 

Restaurant: FatBoyz Saloon & Grill

 

Position and years of experience? Owner. Open for about 3 1/2 years.

 

Fun fact/hidden talent? Just being a really social guy and enjoying meeting new people out here.

 

Where do you like to eat when you’re not at FatBoyz? We like to go to a lot of different places just to see what other people have for food. My favorite place is Hooters.

 

What is your favorite food to eat at FatBoyz? The Hog Wild Wings.

 

What is your establishment known for? The Hog Wild Wings, Crank’s Homemade Cheesecake, FatBoyz Mushrooms and our FatBoyz sauce.

 

Anything else you would like to add? We’ve got a family-friendly restaurant out here that has a full bar. Almost everything is homemade with a good recipe and nice flavor. If people want something a little different, they can ask and we might be able to conjure it up for them.

 

Fat Boyz Saloon & Grill
200 Gateway Drive, Suite 106, Grimes
986-0355

 


 

What we eat...

 

Name: Ben Umthun

 

What did you order? The Italian Panini

 

What do you like about Star Bar? The unique menu options and variety on the menu and the ambiance.

 

Name: Katie Knipper

 

What did you order? The Cuban sandwich and salad with citrus dressing.

 

What do you like about Star Bar? The menu options and the citrus dressing.

 

Star Bar
2811 Ingersoll Ave. • 244-0790
www.starbardsm.com


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