food & drink

Bites

March 3rd, 2011 |

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.

 

West End Diner

With our 50’s style décor, we serve fresh angus burgers, sandwiches, salads, meatloaf, turkey, chicken, steaks, ribs and our award winning chili. Breakfast served all day. Dine inside or on our new patio. Dinner specials offered everyday. Mon-Sat 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Sunday 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Located in the Valley West Inn at 3535 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, 222-3131. www.westenddiner.com.

 

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

 

Daytonas

We have it all at Daytonas. Whether you are looking for a great lunch, dinner or drink you are sure to find a deal here. Lunch and drink specials every day of the week and be sure to stop by this spring and summer for Bike Nights. 4875 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. 331-0996.

 

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

 

Famous Dave’s

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

Winner of 2011 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

Home Plate Diner

Home Plate Diner is now open. It is a family diner where you can enjoy all your favorites in a baseball themed environment. It is located across the street from the Iowa State Fairgrounds. You can get breakfast all day, every day! We have a lot of great made from scratch menu items while keeping everything affordable. The BEST plate is the one at Home Plate Diner. Dine in or carry out. 304 E. 30th St. 262-7000.

 

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 our signature handcrafted burgers, fresh garden bar and stylish atmosphere; Ruby Tuesday stands outs amongst its competition. Using fresh ingredients in all our dishes, our 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 www.bosdemoines.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 through Saturday at 5 p.m. 5810 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. 253-0124 or visit www.greenbriartrostels.com.

 

Tournament Club of Iowa Oak View Restaurant

High above Tournament Club of Iowa’s golf course with fabulous vistas of our fairways, greens, lakes, trees and nature is the ideal place to experience distinctive casual cuisine. Warm and inviting with an open atmosphere, stone fireplaces and the signature “Copper Oak.“ Join us for lunch with friends, dinner or for just a beverage at the bar. 1000 Tradition Dr., Polk City. 984-7190 or visit www.tcofiowa.com.

 

Food & Restaurant Products

 

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. 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, Suite B, Clive. 334-5036.

 

Indian

 

India Star

Stop by India Star and enjoy the flavors of some of the best Indian Cuisine in Des Moines. Lunch buffet Monday – Saturday from 11:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. Dinner 5 - 9:30 p.m. 5514 Douglas Ave., 279-2118. www.indiastardm.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. 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.

 

La Hacienda

We have two convenient Des Moines locations serving great authentic Mexican dishes. Now that it’s warming up join us on our patio for a refreshing margarita! 900 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines. 256-8901. And 3121 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. 255-9059.

 

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 more than 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 www.chicagospeakeasyrestaurant.com.

 

John and Nick’s

After 30 years, John Yeager left the family owned restaurant and opened John and Nick’s Steak and Prime Rib. Enjoy their famous salad bar bigger and better with over 60 homemade items. The best part is the salad bar comes with your meal. Enjoy black angus steaks, great selection of incredible seafood, chops, pasta and their house specialty prime rib. All with family friendly prices. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. www.johnandnicks.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