food & drink

Bites

Your guide to area dining.

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American

 

Ocean Beach Fries
Ocean beach fries is serving up fresh, hand cut fries, delicious burgers, phillies, chicken sandwiches and more! Check us out on Facebook for special deals. Located in the Valley West Mall food court.

 

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.

 

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 Parkway, West Des Moines. 233-4888 or visit www.samuraisushiandhibachi.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.

 

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.

BBQ

 

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
Winner of 2010 Best BBQ in Des Moines voted by Cityview readers. “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. Now open Sundays 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Woody’s Smoke Shack
Experience BBQ at its best. Woody’s Smoke Shack offers Championship prepared Beef Brisket, Baby Back Ribs, Hand Pulled Pork, Cherry Wood Smoked Chicken, Signature Side Dishes and Homemade Fruit Pies. Relax and get comfortable on Woody’s Smoke Shack fabulous Patio. Bring your own Beer and Wine and enjoy live music featured weekly. Nibble on Woody’s wonderful cornbread and honey always Free for you. Come a stranger leave a friend. Good Morning America Voted Top 4 BBQ Restaurant’s In America.

 

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 P.O. Box 123, Dallas Center,
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. 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.

 

Smokey Row
Smokey Row brings a small town feel to Sherman Hill in Des Moines with a variety of coffees and teas along with many other menu items to please everyone. 1910 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines. 244-2611 or visit www.smokeyrow.com.

 

Urbandale Café
With the same name at a new location, the Urbandale Café keeps serving great breakfasts and lunches. Come enjoy a vast menu full of good food at affordable prices. New location at 3828 100th St., Urbandale. 252-7394

 

Fine Dining

 

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

 

Ciao
Ciao is local in every aspect of the word. The new restaurant offers fresh food made with local ingredients in a fun and unique setting with art from local artists lining the walls. Located in the West Glen Town Center at 5513 Mills Civic Parkway., West Des Moines. 440-2426 or visit www.ciaodsm.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., Ste. 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.

 

Hockenbergs
Since 1908, Hockenbergs has provided its customers with quality foodservice products at top value. Our philosophy of integrity and personal attention has fueled our growth as an industry leader with a full range of solutions, from equipment, supplies and disposables to consulting and design services. If it benefits foodservice, Hockenbergs has it. 6000 Aurora Ave., Des Moines.282-0033

 

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, Ste. 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.

 

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 more than 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 www.splash-seafood.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 more than 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 HYPERLINK "http://www.chicagospeakeasyrestaurant.com" 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

 

Casa di Vino
Everything you’d expect from a specialty wine shop, Casa di Vino carries more than 1,000 hand-selected wines from around the globe and the owner is always available to answer questions, provide recommendations and pair wines with your favorite foods. Check www.casadivinowine.com for scheduled tastings, fun recipes and a link to the Des Moines Wine and Food Connection blog. Conveniently located in Johnston. 253-9463. CV

 

 

Chef of the week

Name: Dave Malfara


Restaurant: Ciao


Position and years of experience: I’m the chef. I’ve worked here since it opened three months ago, and I’ve worked at a number of local restaurants.


Favorite food: I love Italian. I grew up in an Italian family.


Favorite dish to prepare: I like to make ravioli. We make the pasta dough for it from scratch.


Where do you like to eat when not at Ciao’s? I enjoy Chef’s Kitchen in Beaverdale.


Any tips for Cityview readers? I’d say to try and keep it simple. A few ingredients make for a great dish.


What do you recommend at Ciao’s? The ravioli or the herb-roasted organic chicken is great.


Why do patrons choose to eat at Ciao’s? We are not Graze. Ciao’s moved in here five days after Graze closed, and I think some people get us mixed up. We’re trying to do it right, and 99 percent of the stuff we do here is from scratch.


Do you create your own dishes? Yes, I create the dishes. I will probably change the menu seasonally. Right now, we are doing lighter dishes since it’s summer. We try to get most of our ingredients from natural, organic products, and we like to use Clevery Farms.

 

Ciao
5513 Mills Civic Parkway, Ste. 100
444-CIAO (2426) • www.ciaodsm.com

 

What we eat...

Name: Susan Ballard

 

What did you order? Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich.

 

What do you like most about Urbandale Cafe? It has to be the food. I come hungry, and there’s good service.

 

Name: Scott Hale

 

What did you order? Traditional breakfast; it’s the only thing I order.

 

What do you like most about Urbandale Cafe? Good breakfast for lunch, and this is the first time I’ve been to their new location.

 

Urbandale Cafe
3828 100th St., Urbandale
252-7394

 



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