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
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.
Conveniently located off the interstate in Clive, Denny’s is always open and serving your favorite breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees. Stop in early for pancakes, an afternoon prime rib philly or country fried steak for dinner.
Fire Creek Grill
If you are looking for an inviting place to meet friends and enjoy a wonderful meal, Fire Creek Grill is perfect. Conveniently located at Mills Civic Parkway and 50th Street in West Des Moines, you can enjoy a favorite drink by the fire in winter or enjoy a wonderful meal on the patio during Iowa’s great spring and summer months. 800 S. 50th St., Suite 110, West Des Moines. 515-224-0500 Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Dinner 4 p.m.-close Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday.
The food arcades offers a wide array of grab & go food options like whole pizza or by the slice, burgers, tenderloins, wings, fries, hot beef sandwiches, homemade soups, subs, ice cream and much more. Open 10:00AM – 7:00AM Daily. Part of Meskwaki Bingo Casino & Hotel.
Full House Cafe
The Full House Café is open daily and offers a great variety of classic breakfast & lunch favorites along with daily specials. Some of the breakfast items include ‘s everyone’s favorite the “ Iowa Omelet” which is loaded with steak, bacon, ham, sausage, sautéed onions & peppers and smothered in cheddar cheese, served with hash brown potatoes or fresh cut fruit & toast. Another popular breakfast favorite is the “Full House Breakfast” which consists of 2 eggs cooked to order, apple wood smoked bacon or Sausage links or patties, hash browns potatoes or fruit & toast. For lunch you need to try our hand breaded ½ lb tenderloin or our one of our Angus burgers. You won’t go away hungry from here. Open 7:00A.M. – 2:00P.M. Daily. Part of Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel & Resort.
The Jack Pot Buffet here at Meskwaki Casino is one of the largest buffets in the Midwest with over 20+ homestltye entrée choices along with our fresh never-frozen broasted chicken, many homemade desserts, and of course our famous Friday Seafood Night featuring jumbo snow crab, shrimp scampi, fried whole catfish, fried shrimp, herbed baked fish, clam strips & many other seafood favorites. The Jackpot buffet is also well known for an outstanding breakfast which is served daily Monday thru Saturday featuring chef prepared omelets & fresh Belgian waffles and many other breakfast items like scrambled eggs, apple wood smoked bacon, sausage links, fresh hash browns, traditional biscuits & gravy and many other breakfast entrees. With this selection it is guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
Breakfast: Monday – Saturday 7:00AM – 10:30AM: Sunday Brunch} 8:00AM – 2PM Lunch: Monday – Saturday 11:00AM – 2:00PM Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 4:00PM – 8:00PM, Friday & Saturday 4:00PM – 10:00PM
Located at 506 E. Grand in the East Village, Quinton’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and serves food until midnight. Our unbeatable all-day drink specials are supplemented with a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m., featuring $3 23-oz. domestic Big Girl beers, $4 premium Big Girls, $5 Big Girl mixed drinks and half-price chips and salsa, C.C.Q. and spinach artichoke dip. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 people. Visit us at www.quintonsdm.com to check our menu of unique sandwiches, breadbowl soups, giant loaded spuds, fresh salads, and gourmet burgers, with take-out always available.
Tally’s restaraunt bar and catering offers rooftop seating unique to the Beaverdale area. A casual ambiance, contemporary cuisine and extensive bar menu 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.
Trostel’s Greenbriar is offering a new menu featuring five seasonal specialties, Cracker Crust pizzas and of course, your favorite entrees. Not just for specials occasions but for every occasion when you want… simply the best! Reservations accepted. 253-0124. www.greenbriartrostels.com.
Two Rivers Grille & Two Rivers Coffee Bar/Lounge
Bistro-style Americana cuisine featuring local products and produce. Open 6:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m. Sunday-Saturday. Food served until 11 p.m. Lounge only after 10 p.m. $4-$13 for breakfast, $4-$25 for lunch and $4-$34 for dinner. We offer Sunday brunch for $17 (adult) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. We also have a take-out menu and a coffee bar/lounge where “We Proudly Brew” Starbucks Coffee Barista, 6:30-11a.m. and a barista/bar menu 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday-Saturday.
Stop by Des Moines long-standing tradition, The Waveland Café, for home style cooking and an all-day breakfast. Winner of Cityview’s 2012 Best of Des Moines Best Breakfast, anything you chose is sure to please but we also offer burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads anytime. 4708 University Ave., 279-4341. If you are on the other side of town stop into Waveland West and Booneville Bar for the entire Waveland menu plus a full bar. We also feature excellent pizza and have great outdoor patios. Don’t forget about our Bloody Mary Bar! 35653 Ute Ave., Booneville. 987-1038.
King and 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. 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.
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.
The original. The one and only. The World Famous! Featured on Man Vs. Food. Voted The Manliest Restaurant in the Midwest. ESPN’s National Fanwich Finalist. Favorite BBQ of Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Top 100 BBQ Restaurants in the Nation. Made from scratch cooking with Jethro’s award winning Smoked Wings, Pork Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pit Ham, Whole Chickens, Spicy Sausage and Turkey slow smoked over hickory and oak wood in our 750 Lb. smoker. There is nothing to compare to the smoky, moist goodness that is Jethro’s BBQ, Your Drake Neighborhood Sports Bar.
What a concept! Barbeque and Cajun Creole Creations all served in Your Waukee Neighborhood Sports Bar. It doesn’t get any better than this made from scratch cooking. Serving all of Jethro’s “ Amazing Slow Smoked Meats” plus Cajun food favorites like Jambalaya, Red Beans n’ Rice, Crawfish Etouffe and Spicy Gumbo. Try the Alligator or the BBQ Shrimp, the blackened Mahi is as close as you will come to the Big Easy in Iowa. The Cajun sampler platter will tickle your tummy. Jethro is hooping and hollering excited for you to come visit.
Jethro has built his very own LAKEHOUSE in the booming city of Ankeny. Two patios overlook the serene water of Prairie Trail Lake as a giant moose and trophy elk gaze. 22 big screen TV’s bring you all the sports action. Twin, 750 lb. hickory fired smokers cook all of Jethro’s award winning, “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats”. The Cajun Creole Creations made famous at Jambalaya are proudly served. Imagine how good the taste of Walleye served fresh from the lake is at Jethro’s LAKEHOUSE, Your Ankeny Neighborhood Sports Bar.
Catering DSM is available to cater any type of event in the Des Moines area and surrounding communities in central Iowa. Use us for your catering needs at weddings, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, hors douvres receptions, buffet dinners, sit-down dinners, corporate events, box lunches, corporate retreats, company outings, company picnics, bar mitzvahs, bat mitvahs, coming out parties, debutante balls, charity functions, charity dinners, charity events, birthday parties, holiday parties, tailgates and tailgate parties, graduation parties, and other special occasions. 400 Locust St., Suite 193, 508-0829. www.cateringdsm.com.
Folks have been enjoying the diner for over 20 years. Stop by and bring the whole family! Buy one pork loin (grilled or breaded), get one free with purchase of two beverages all day Wednesday. 133 S.E. Delaware Ave., Ankeny. 515-965-1987. Mon.–Thu. 6 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 6 a.m.-11 p.m, Sun. 6 a.m. -10 p.m.
Crouse Café is located off Indianola’s Town Square – just a short drive from Des Moines’ southside. The third generation, family-run eatery is proud to offer the best in homemade. Whether stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Crouse Café is serving up all your favorites including biscuits and gravy, hot beef sandwiches and pork tenderloins. Or stop by for just a piece of homemade pie – you won’t be disappointed.
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. www.chipsrestaurant.com
Cub Club is the perfect place to host a group meeting or special holiday event. Space is available for up to 200 guests. This unique facility will meet your catering needs with no rental fee, only a food and beverage purchase. Centerplate is committed to a truly extraordinary experience for you and your guests. For more information, contact Randy Bird, 244-3464.
Food & Restaurant Products
Graziano Brothers is proud to offer the best in homemade Italian sausage. Established in 1912 by brothers Frank and Louis Graziano, our sausage is made from fresh, top quality pork and Italian seasonings without any preservatives and is available in link, bulk and patty forms. We also feature a variety of cheese, meat, pasta, bread, tomato products and dolces. Come visit us… it’s worth the trip!
Since 1908, Hockenberg’s has provided its customers with quality food service 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. www.Hockenbergs.com.
Institutions Services, Inc.
Second-to-none in professionalism, design, interior decorating and equipment knowledge in the restaurant, entertainment and institutional food service industries. They achieved leadership status for customer service before, during and after the design and build stages while bringing projects to completion on time and within budget. They deliver food service projects that meet the needs, express the vision and foster the success of their clients. After 45 years of serving the Midwest, Institutions Services, Inc. has opened a second location in Ankeny to heighten their commitment to their clients. Visit www.isiowa.com or call 635-0037 to see how Institutions Service, Inc. can enhance your food service project experience.
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.
Maytag Dairy Farms
On Oct. 11, 1941, the first wheels of Maytag Blue Cheese were formed and put to age in our caves. Not much has changed since then, although our truck is newer and our cheesemakers are older! Today, we still make each wheel by hand, aging it in our caves twice as long as most other blue cheeses. After all, why change a good thing? Acclaimed by cheese experts and food editors as America’s finest blue cheese, Maytag Blue Cheese ranks among the world’s great cheeses. 800-247-2458. www.maytagdairyfarms.com.
We offer a wide variety of fine Greek and Italian dishes prepared by a team of professional chef’s and wait staff. Our commitment is to provide a high quality authentic dish at an affordable price. Our menu offers a rainbow array of Greek and Italian dishes that are guaranteed to please the most demanding taste. Not only do we offer Des Moines and Ankeny fine Greek and Italian cuisine, but we also have a fully stocked wine menu and full bar/lounge. Have a business meeting, reception, or just a get together? We have private facilities and meeting room available for the asking. 3160 8th St. S.W., Altoona 515-957-9391. 410 S. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny 515-965-7802. Tues-Fri: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 4-10 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Brunch). Closed Monday.
Biaggi’s is a casual Italian restaurant offering an extensive selection of house made and imported pastas, soups and salads, pizza, seafood steaks and desserts. Large portions of affordably priced menu selections are prepared with the freshest ingredients available and served in a comfortable relaxing atmosphere. We offer an extensive list of affordably priced wines from around the world including Italy and the United States. We invite the entire family to enjoy Biaggi’s experience. A full kids menu is available and children are always welcome. For larger groups many of our locations include a private event room and wine room, a perfect setting to make any gathering an event to remember. We believe strongly in providing exceptional service and make it our goal to ensure that each guest with the feeling they have received the highest level of personal attention. www.biaggis.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., Des Moines. 288-2246.
Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge is conveniently located in the entertainment district across from the skywalk on Court Avenue, in downtown Des Moines. Executive Chef, Julio Gamboa has succeeded in taking traditional, Guadalajaran recipes and giving them a unique, contemporary twist. This Nuovo Cocina style of authentic cuisine made with available local produce and a lounge, stocked with an extensive collection of tequila, form the soul of Dos Rios. Enjoy everything from tableside-prepared guacamole to Carne Asada to tacos in a cosmopolitan casual setting. Dos Rios margaritas are created with fresh fruit and agave nectar and blended into delicious, refreshing cocktails. 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.
Experience Santa Fe right here in Des Moines. Come and dine in at our charming Southwestern-inspired setting. Enjoy our blue corn enchiladas smothered in red chili or try a burrito filled with tender smoked pork. Always make sure to save room for the Mexican chocolate cake or one of Becky’s seasonal desserts. Now open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and open every evening at 5 p.m. We are closed Mondays. 611 37th St., (515) 274-2303.
A family-owned Des Moines, Iowa based Mexican restaurant serving family recipes for 50 years! Most everything is made daily. Five convenient locations throughout the Des Moines metro. 1418 E. Grand Ave., 2900 Euclid Ave., 5847 S.E. 14th St., in Des Moines, 8549 Hickman Road, Urbandale and 2401 S.E. Delaware Ave. in Ankeny. www.tastytacos.com for more information or join them on facebook!
Angelo’s Pizza offers the finest thin crust pizza in town, along with Des Moines top selling sandwiches. Along with Cincinnati Chili and cheese Frenchies. Go to www.angelosdsm.com for the full menu, catering menu and details. Or call Kim at 278-5603. We look forward to serving you. 1310 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, 244-4114 and 205 E.14th St., 278-5603.
Bordenaro’s Pizzeria offers a pizza for every palate. Order the Hot–n–Spicy if you like things a little warmer or the Vegetarian pizza if you prefer your pizza sans meat. Don’t forget about the Wednesday and Thursday Single Topping Carry Out Special for only $8.50. Even if you aren’t in the mood for pizza, Bordenaro’s Pizzeria also features appetizers, sandwiches and pasta. And for all you lucky Southsiders – we can deliver to you!
Since 1957 Pagliai’s Pizza has served pizza, pasta and sandwiches to Iowans. 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.
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
Splash Seafood Bar and 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.
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 www.waterfrontseafoodmarket.com.
You’ll love the unique dining experience at our restaurant. We offer small dishes with fresh flavor from around the world and new seasonal selections every three months. Enjoy wine flights and cheese flights. Private dining area for business meetings or intimate gatherings. Bar opens at 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. 12854 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH. www.distrostels.com.
Vom Fass literally translates “from the cask.” Vom Fass offers a truly novel experience for all who love to sample the finest and most flavorful products from around the globe. VOM FASS offers exclusive cask-aged vinegars, exquisite oils, select wines, and spirits and liqueurs, direct from the cask. 833 42nd St., 515-244-5020, www.VomFassDSM.com.
For more than 32 years, locally-owned Chicago Speakeasy has been serving succulent prime rib, hand cut steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken, ribs, chops and sandwiches. With our famous salad bar featuring more than 50 homemade items, there is definitely something for everyone! Our cozy and casual atmosphere combined with our legendary food and service makes the Speakeasy a place that you will bring your friends and family again and again! Lunch: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 4-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 4-10 p.m. 1520 Euclid Ave. (515) 243-3141. www.chicagospeakeasyrestaurant.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. Your Altoona Neighborhood Sports Bar.
John and Nick’s
After 30 years, John Jaeger left his family-owned restaurant and opened John and 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 and Nick’s cozy atmosphere and delicious food will make your dining experience unforgettable. Open 7 days a week – lunch and dinner. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. www.johnandnicks.com.
Prime Cut Grill
At the Prime Cut Grill, we serve the best steaks available along with a full line of pasta, seafood, sandwiches & cocktails, open Wed- Sun nightly. Some of our guests favorites include hand cut boneless rib eye steak, bacon wrapped filet mignon, hand breaded deep fried jumbo shrimp, pan fried walleye fillet, traditional French onion soup, and of course our slow roasted Prime Rib which is served every Friday & Saturday night. After dinner don’t forget to stop by the lounge where we have live bands every Friday & Saturday night with no cover charge. Sun-Wed-Thurs 4PM – 9PM Fri & Sat 4PM – 10PM. Part of Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel & Resort.
Vintage’s patio offers the one and only full retail wine bar experience. Whether you are in the mood for a glass of wine or a whole bottle at retail pricing, or even a cold bottle of beer, Vintage is the coolest place in town for a splash. With more than 1,000 selections of wine and more than 50 beers, there is sure to be something for everyone at Vintage! For more information find us on Facebook or sign up for weekly emails. 6905 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 124, West Des Moines. www.vintagewineia.com. 225-4373. CV