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Oct 13 , 2011
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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.

Bakers Square

At Bakers Square, we’ve been serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in Des Moines for over 40 years. We are proud of our pie heritage. Many Bakers Square pies have placed first in the National Pie Championships, not once, but several times over the years and carry the honor of The Best Pie in America®. Great Food. Unbelievable Pie"!. Just a couple of reasons guests visit Bakers Square when they're hungry for life s simple pleasures. 1310 N.W. 114th St., Clive. 224-0808.

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


Boston’s has the winning combination of a full-service dining room and a sports bar, all under one roof. It has one of the most extensive menus in the area, and are open late seven days a week, full menu served until close. TVs are placed all around the restaurant and sports bar, making it the perfect place to watch the game, or bring your family for dinner. This is a place with a cheerful and upbeat atmosphere that keeps customers coming back. Take out, delivery and party-to-go services are available. 12401 University Ave., Clive. 440-6051.

Castaway’s Bar & Grill

From a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service, to excellent cuisine that will leave you full and satisfied, you can be sure to find the right meal to fit your taste buds at our Castaways Bar & Grill or our poolside Tiki Bar. Whether you are in the mood for steak, seafood, burgers, pasta or pizza, our restaurant has it all, offering dining options for the entire family. We look forward to serving you. Castaway’s Bar & Grill, located inside the Ramada Tropics Resort, 5000 Merle Hay Road, I-80 and exit 131. 278-0271.

Club Car

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.


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.

West End Diner

With our 50s style decor, 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 every day. Sunday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Saturday 6:30 a.m - 10 p.m. Located in the Valley West Inn at 3535 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. 222-3131.


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.

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.

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 St., Urbandale. 331-3030.


Findlay’s Smokehouse BBQ

One of the original BBQ restaurants in Des Moines, Findlay’s is known for its wood-smoked meats and homemade sides throughout the country. Findlay’s made-from-scratch smoked beans are featured in the Taste of Iowa fundraiser in Washington D.C. every year. Come in for lunch, pick up dinner-to-go or have Findlay’s cater your event. 1951 Indianola Ave. 284-1212.

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 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.

Uncle Wendell’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.

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.



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.



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.

Iowa Cubs

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.

Fine Dining

Cafe Shi

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. 823 Wheeler St., Ames. 292-2066.


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.

Trostel’s Dish

You’ll love the unique dining experience at our restaurant. At lunch we feature seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrées. At night we offer 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.

Trostel’s Greenbriar

Trostel’s Greenbriar is offering a new menu featuring five seasonal specialties, cracker crust pizzas and of course, your favorite entrees. Not for special occasions but every occasion when you want…Simply The Best. Reservations accepted. 253-0124.

Food & Restaurant Products

BD HILL WOOD Restorations LLC

I restore restaurant wood table tops, wood bar tops, wood ledges and wood edges to bring back 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. From one table to 50. References available. 991-9250.

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.


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 food service, Hockenberg’s has it. 6000 Aurora Ave., Des Moines. 282-0033; Toll Free: (800) 348-9903.

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. 10095 Hickman Court, Suite B, Clive. 334-5036.


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.

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.

Pagliai’s Pizza

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 for more information. Two Locations: 5312 Merle Hay Road, Johnston 253-9800; 816 Fifth Ave., Grinnell (641) 236-5331.

RedRossa Napoli Pizza

RedRossa Pizza brings the taste of Italy in an elegant and contemporary fast-casual setting, perfect for business lunches, family dinners or a night out. Serving Napoli style pizza, flavorful pastas and fresh salads. Don’t forget dessert with our fresh-made gelato and sorbet. Enjoy your meal in our inviting dining room or outdoor patio. Red Rossa pizza is made with thin, hand-stretched dough and topped with fresh tomato sauce, it is easier to eat with a fork — hence the slogan, “Find Your Forks.” 12695 University Ave. Clive. 221-2529.

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.

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.


Cactus Mexican Grill

Open in 2008, Cactus Mexican Grill offers authentic Mexican food including tacos and burritos — all made from scratch. Leopolda Ruiz, owner, recommends adding a margarita to your lunch or dinner. They offer eight different flavors at $4 or try a lime margarita on the rocks for only $2.99. Call 223-2202 about the weekly food specials. Lunch specials start at $4.99.

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. 282-2995.

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.

El Chisme

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. 225 5th St., West Des Moines, 255-5756.

Taqueria Sonora

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.


Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

Fresh seafood flown in daily. Island recipes, classic or contemporary preparation. Fun, upbeat, sophisticated atmosphere. More than 1,000 gallons of beautiful saltwater aquariums. Wine Spectator Award of Excellence consecutive winner, 2001 to 2011. DiRoNA Award Winner 2008 to 2011. No corkage fee, ever. Hours: Dinner Monday-Saturday 4:30-10 p.m. Lunch in the oyster bar Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 303 Locust St., #100. 244-5686.

Waterfront Seafood Market

We are a family-owned, casual seafood restaurant, market, sushi and oyster bar. Undefeated as the metro’s best seafood for the past 23 years. Most of our fish and seafood is bought directly from the docks where the fishermen bring in their catch. Our fish and seafood arrive via airfreight and are hand-cut by our full-time fish cutter. Visit our West Des Moines location at 2900 University Ave. in Clocktower Square. 223-5106. Or our Ankeny location at 2414 S.E. Tones Drive, 963-1940. For hours, specials and much more information visit


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.

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.

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.

John and Nick’s

After 30 years, John Jaeger left his family-owned restaurant and opened John & Nick’s Steak and Prime Rib. Enjoy his famous salad bar — bigger and better with more than 60 fresh, homemade items. The best part is the salad bar comes with your meal. Enjoy black Angus steaks, a great selection of incredible seafood, chops and the house specialty, prime rib... all served at family friendly prices. John & Nick’s cozy atmosphere and delicious food will make your dining experience unforgettable. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. CV

Chef of the week

Name: Travis Terry

Position and experience? General Manager for three years.

What is your favorite food? Mexican food.

When you’re not eating at Bakers Square where do you like to go? Rock Bottom or Mi Mexico.

What do you recommend at Bakers Square? Stir Fry Chicken Pita.

What is the most popular dish people like to order? Our Chicken Pot Pie.

Do you have any tips for our Cityview Readers? Come in on Wednesdays for Pie Rush Wednesday — you get a free slice of pie with any menu item purchase.

Bakers Square

1310 N.W. 114th St., Clive


What we eat...


1315 31st St.


Name: Matt Marr

What did you order today? The General Chicken.

Why did you choose Haiku? It is in walking distance from work.

Name: Jim Gieseke

What did you order today? Philly Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll

Why did you choose Haiku? I have been hunger for sushi, and it is always good here.

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