Your guide to area dining.
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We have the best burgers in town! For 21 years we've won Cityview's "Best Of" readers' poll and are proud to serve these burgers at more than seven locations throughout the metro. Multiple locations in Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona, Urbandale and Ames. www.b-bops.com.
Big City Burgers and Greens
Located on the first level in Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines, Big City is fresh, healthy and socially responsible. Serving local meats and greens, using organic beef and free-range poultry and being one of Iowa's first 100 percent compostable restaurants, Big City is "green." Catering also available. 400 Locust St., Suite 195, 537-8433 Order Online www.BigCityBurgersAndGreens.com.
At the Club Car, we've been serving hungry appetites for more than 14 years. Décor of railroad memorabilia, original framed posters, model train cars and signs adorn our walls. Menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas, seafood, chicken, pork and gluten-free dishes. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. 13435 University Ave., Clive. 226-1729. www.clubcardining.com.
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. We have lunch and drink specials every day of the week. Be sure to stop by on Thursdays all spring and summer for Bike Nights, featuring live music or DJ, drink specials and free beer until it lasts! Clip our coupon in Relish for 50 percent off our award-winning wings any time. 4875 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. 331-0996.
Tally's restaraunt bar and catering offers rooftop seating unique to the Beaverdale area. A casual ambiance, contemporary cuisine and extensive bar menu offer offer a casual and affordable or special and elegant dining experience. Tally's offers dry aged steaks, fresh seafood, vegetarian, gluten-free, and delicious burgers and tenderloins. We offer nightly bar specials and late summer hours for in house and rooftop enjoyment. We cater ANY event large or small with little notice. Live music most weekends. 2712 Beaver Ave. 279-2067. www.tallysbeaverdale.com.
Zimm's Food and Spirits
If its good food and thirst quenching libations you're looking for, you've found it. TVs to watch your favorite games, a stage for enjoying live entertainment, our patio if you crave the outdoors and the pub to shoot some pool or play darts. So bring your friends for lunch or dinner, and enjoy our landmark sandwiches, entrees and appetizers 365 days a year. 3124 Ingersoll Ave. 277-9929.
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. www.king-and-i-thaicuisine.com.
Sakari Sushi Lounge
Sakari Sushi Lounge is the newest sushi bar in Des Moines. Sakari offers the freshest and most tasteful rolls and appetizers. The inviting atmosphere and friendly staff will make your dining experience a remarkable one whether for lunch or dinner. Meet your friends after work at Sakari's happy hour, 5-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, featuring $4 house rolls, $2 Kirin drafts, domestic bottled beer and sake bombs. 2605 Ingersoll Ave. 288-3381. www.sakarisushilounge.com.
Taki Japanese Steakhouse
Taki's goal is to create an exciting and beautiful place to enjoy a culinary experience. Taki Steakhouse celebrates the art of teppanyaki cooking by combining the freshest cuts of meats, seafood and produce to create the authentic experience in Japan known as teppan. This award-winning Japanese steakhouse is known for having the city's most comprehensive sushi bar selection. Traditional Japanese appetizers and dinners make up the Taki lunch and dinner menu. 2677 86th Street, Urbandale. 331-3030. www.takisteakhouse.com
Boss Hawgs BBQ
Enjoy our delicious, slow-smoked, hand-rubbed BBQ meats on our heated patio, at our car-hop to-go or delivered. Our original recipe homemade sides will compliment the pulled-pork, brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs and BBQ chicken. Catering services are available that will make your party the best of the summer. Don't forget to join us for Bike Night on Wednesdays throughout the summer where food specials and ice cold beer is served by the famous Pink Ladies! Find us at 5959 S.E. 14th St. in Des Moines, just across from Menards. 287-8646. www.bosshawgsdsm.com.
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 2011 "Best Of" readers poll winning Best BBQ and runner-up for Best American Food and Best Nachos. 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., 279-3300. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Uncle Wendells's BBQ
"A word-of-mouth legend." We do quality pulled pork 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. Voted a Cityview "Best Of" winner in 2010 and 2011. Stop by the Uncle Wendell's booth at the Downtown Farmers' Market for delicious smoked meats and baked goods. Catering is avialable for parties of all sizes. Dine-in and take out from the Ingersoll location Tues-Sat. 2716 Ingersoll Ave. 228-3207. www.unclewendells.com.
Woody's Smoke Shack
Sweet Tea isn't just for Southerners. Step into Woody's Smoke Shack, where authentic southern BBQ and down home values collide. The complimentary cornbread and award-winning Baby Back Ribs will have you licking your fingers for days. Also offered: Texas Style Sliced Beef Brisket, Hand Pulled Smoked Pork, Smoked Chicken and a Twice Smoked Pit Ham that will make you Squeal. Pair your meat with our favorite side dishes like Cheesy Potatoes, Jalapeno Grits, Collard Greens, or try our daily specials. Remember to save room for some homemade pie. Visit Woody's Smoke Shack and find your BBQ "home." Grab a rack at the SHACK and you will ALWAYS come back. 2511 Cottage Grove. 277-0005. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catering DSM, located in Capital Square in downtown Des Moines, offers a full range of catering services and cuisine options. With partnerships with venues such as Dos Rios and Big City Burgers and Greens, Catering DSM can do it all; from playoff parties to office parties to wedding receptions. Contact us to plan your next event! 400 Locust St., Suite 193, 508-0829. www.CateringDSM.com.
A consistent winner in Cityview's "Best Of" voting for the past seven years. We feature the best in deli meats and homemade soups and salads. We have an extensive lunch and catering menu and feature an impressive breakfast menu at our Ingersoll location only. We have five locations in the metro area. Now you can order online. The Palmer's Catering + Event Planning team can help you plan whatever event you dream up. Big or small, social or corporate. We can orchestrate everything from quiet dinners to raucous fiestas for hundreds. Please visit our website for more information, www.palmersdeliandmarket.com.
Chips Restaurant will offer a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet from 10:30 – 2:30 featuring a carving station of Ham, Roast Beef and Prime Rib as well as Rotisserie Chicken, Fried Chicken, Pasta, Pizzas and Salads and Vegetables. Cost is $17 for Adults, $8 for Children and Kids younger than 6 eat free. Reservations for groups of 8 or more. Walk-ins welcome. The regular Dinner Menu is offered from 3-8 p.m. 2502 S.E. Tones Drive, Ankeny. 964-2112. www.chipsrestaurant.com.
The Boys of Summer are Back! Affordable Family fun all summer long. Call now for tickets, group outings, skyboxes and more. 243-6111 or 1-800-GO-ICUBS. www.iowacubs.com.
Chefs Hong Willer and Daniel McDonald bring you Iowa's most eclectic fine dining experience. These Vietnamese-American chefs offer a truly international menu. From succulent sweet ribs served with cucumber kimchee to a hearty German goulash each and every item is made from scratch. Top it all off with one of Café Shi's award-winning desserts. 2514 Chamberlain St., Ames. 292-2910.
Visit Sbrocco — downtown's only wine bar featuring a soul-satisfying menu from Chef Andrew Meek. Enjoy several "social" plates or a more traditional ‘Built for Comfort' offering… either way you'll experience the thoughtful combination of fresh, seasonal and locally raised ingredients in a relaxed, hip environment. Sip, savor and share at Sbrocco for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. 282-3663. www.sbrocoowine.com.
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. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 12854 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH. www.dishtrostels.com.
Trostel's Greenbriar will offer a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Selections include Roast Beef with Rosemary Bordelaise, Honey Glazed Ham, Chicken Marsala, Roasted Pork Loin, Breakfast Dishes, Salads, Vegetables, Desserts and Complimentary Champagne for Moms. Cost is $23 for adults; $9 for children; children 5 and under are free. Reservations accepted for any size group. Walk-ins are welcome! 5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston. 253-0124. www.greenbriartrostels.com
Food & Restaurant Products
BD HILL WOOD Restorations LLC
I focus on restaurant wood table tops, wood bar tops, wood ledges and wood edges to restore the original look your restaurant deserves. No down time with any restored area. Areas restored the night prior are dry and ready for normal use the very next day before 11 a.m. Nothing is moved, no tables are removed from the restaurant. Equipment is dust free, and materials are non-toxic. I provide a three-year guarantee that my restored areas will keep their restored look. References available. 991-9250. www.bdhillwood.com.
Bolton and Hay
Established in 1920, Bolton & Hay is a locally-owned and family-operated food service 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. 265-2554. www.boltonhay.com.
Since 1908, Hockenberg's 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, Hockenberg's has it. 6000 Aurora Ave., Des Moines. 282-0033; Toll Free: (800) 348-9903. www.Hockenbergs.com.
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. 10095 Hickman Court, Suite B, Clive. 334-5036. www.lawequipment.com.
Namaste Indian Groceries and Restaurant
If you have a craving for Indian food, whether to cook at home or just enjoy eating out, stop in to this unique grocery store/restaurant located in Clive. We have a very large menu which includes appetizers, soups, entrees, sides, kids' meals and desserts. There is also a fine selection of Indian beverages. Vegetarians rejoice! The menu includes many vegetarian choices. You will also find non-vegetarian selections. 7500 University Ave., Clive. 255-1698.
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. www.biaggis.com.
Gino's West Glen
An Italian family tradition for nearly 45 years. Our classic menu features Steak, Prime Rib, Chicken, Seafood, Pasta and much more. We serve lunch daily starting at 11 a.m. We have an extensive wine list, and on Thursdays you can purchase any bottle of wine at half price. Wednesdays are $5 martinis all day and night. We feature live music Thursday-Saturday. We have a trendy bar with a fun restaurant atmosphere. Located in the West Glen shopping district in West Des Moines. 226-2320. www.ginosfoods.com.
Noah's Ark Ristorante
Noah's Ark Ristorante has been a well-known Ingersoll tradition for decades. It offers a comfortable, relaxed, inviting atmosphere combined with a friendly and helpful staff. Serving up a full menu of delicious Italian cuisine, you are sure to find something you love. 2400 Ingersoll Ave. 288-2246.
Since 1957 Pagliai's Pizza has served pizza, pasta and sandwiches to Iowans. Started by brothers Armond and Sam, the family tradition continues with the third generation of Pagliais behind the counter. Open seven days a week, dine-in, carry out and delivery available in some areas. See www.pagliais.com for more information. Two Locations: 5312 Merle Hay Road, Johnston 253-9800; 816 Fifth Ave., Grinnell (641) 236-5331.
Sam & Gabe's Italian Bistro
At Sam & Gabe's, we specialize in homemade, northern Italian cuisine, high-touch service and menu-friendly prices. Enjoy your meal in our warm, intimate candlelit dining setting or book your next event or party in the party room. We have live music Monday-Saturday. Enjoy our delicious pizza in our lounge Monday-Thursday. 8631 Hickman Road, Urbandale. 271-9200. www.samandgabes.com.
Tumea & Sons
Tumea & Sons is a Des Moines southside landmark. It has been serving up great Italian cuisine since its opening in 1998. Stop in for lunch or dinner to enjoy abundant bowls of pasta, fresh rolls and a wide selection of delicious homemade Italian dishes in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. 1501 S.E. 1st St. 282-7964. www.tumeaandsons.com.
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. 282-2995. www.dosriosrestaurant.com.
El Blue Burrito
El Blue Burrito is now serving the finest, authentic Mexican food in Des Moines. It is open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week. With a beautiful restaurant, you will certainly enjoy eating in or taking a meal on the go. The location is convenient to downtown lunch diners and is open late night Fridays and Saturdays to 3 a.m. to accommodate those hungry after the bars close. Located next door to La Tapatia Mexican Grocery Store, 1434 Des Moines St. 265-8660. www.elblueburrito.com.
El Chisme is a family-owned restaurant where we focus on making authentic, fresh and wholesome Mexican and Italian cuisine. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. We also serve brunch on Sundays. Whether you're looking to dine in, carry out or have us deliver, El Chisme has the menu to satisfy your Mexican or Italian craving. We also cater. 2920 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines. 255-5756. www.elchismedsm.com.
Looking for the best salsa in town? Look no further! We serve authentic fresh mexican food and seafood, including our many salsas, made fresh daily. Join us for happy hour on Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and all day Wednesday for $2.99 freshly squeezed margaritas. Tuesdays are for tacos, $1.75 all day. Whether you're looking for tacos, including our specialty fish tacos, tortas, burritos, quesadillas, gorditas, mariscos or caldos, you'll find them fresh and delicious at Taqueria Sonora. 800 First St., West Des Moines; one block south of Grand on 63rd Street. 277-7071. www.taqueriasonora.com.
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. 244-5686. www.splash-seafood.com.
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. www.prairiemeadows.com.
Iowa Beef Steakhouse
Open seven days a week, you can enjoy the finest steaks central Iowa has to offer. Voted No. 1 Steak House in Des Moines by the 2009 Iowa Beef Backer Award and "Best Of" award winner for Best Steak House in 2005 by Cityview readers. Choose from a huge selection of cuts, and cook your own or we'll cook it for you. All dinners include salad bar, baked potato and garlic bread. Located just two blocks west of East 14th on Euclid Avenue. 1201 E. Euclid Ave. 262-1138. www.iowabeefsteakhouse.com.
Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks
Now in Altoona. Still at Drake. No Australian or Texan spoken here. These steaks are corn fed, Iowa raised, USDA Choice meat, hickory smoked over a campfire and broiled to perfection in our 1,600 degree Jethro ‘n Jake's fire machine. This seals in the juices and flavors. All our steaks are seasoned with black pepper, salt and finished with a touch of smoked garlic butter. 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 957-9727. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
John and Nick's
Enjoy the famous 60 item salad bar for lunch or dinner at John and Nick's. Choose from a variety of menu items including sandwiches, steak, seafood, pork chops, chicken and the house specialty, prime rib. John and Nick's cozy atmoshphere and delicious food will make your dining experience unforgettable. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. www.johnandnicks.com.
Wine & Spirits
Casa di Vino
Distinctively eclectic, Casa di Vino carries more than 700 hand-selected wines from across the globe. Specializing in food/wine pairings, the owner is always on hand to answer questions and provide recommendations. CDV has many interesting recipes available both in-shop as well as online. Check out www.casadivinowine.com for scheduled tastings, recipes and a link to our Des Moines Wine and Food Connection blog. Conveniently located in Johnston. 253-9463. www.casadivinowine.com. CV
Chef of the week
Name: John Jaeger
Restaurant: John & Nick's
Position and years of experience: Owner and chef with 31 years of experience.
Favorite food: Prime rib – grew up on it!
Favorite dish to prepare: Crab-stuffed Tilapia, once you've had it, you'll understand why!
Any tips for Cityview readers? Be creative, take your time and cook with heart.
What do you recommend at John & Nick's? Try a drink from our 70 wines, 40 beers, 20 vodkas or large selection of scotch and rum.
Why do patrons choose to eat at John & Nick's? For the high quality Black Angus steak, incredible seafood and famous salad bar with more than 60 fresh items on it to choose from.
John & Nick's Steak & Prime Rib
15970 Hickman Road, Clive
What we eat...
Tumea & Sons
1501 S.E. 1st St.
Name: Tierney Hamm
What did you order today? I'm going to get the manicotti.
What do you like most about Tumea and Sons? They are family, they are friendly and I like the atmosphere.
Name: James Hamm
What did you order today? The cavetelli.
What do you like most about Tumea and Sons? The food is great.