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Bites

9/19/2012

Your guide to area dining.

To place a listing, call Ashley at 515.953.4822 ext. 303

 

American

B-Bops

We have the best burgers in town! For 21 years we’ve won Cityview’s “Best Of Des Moines” 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.

 

The Club Car

While great food and service may be the “primary products” of The Club Car, the casual atmosphere also elicits captivation from the moment you walk in the front door. Railroad memorabilia, original framed posters, model train cars and signs from “way back” always draw attention. 13435 University Ave., #200. Clive. 226-1729. www.clubcardining.com.

 

Food Arcade

The Food Arcade offers a wide array of grab-and-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 a.m.–7 a.m. daily. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.

 

Holiday Inn Cityscape Lounge

Discover the delicious Cityscape Lounge for downtown dinner and drinks… with a view! Located in the Holiday Inn downtown, Cityscape Lounge offers daily Happy Hour drink specials and half-price appetizers Monday-Friday during Happy Hour. From our almond-crusted tenders and skyline platter to our cowboy steak and old-world, baked cavatelli pasta… whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert! Come escape the day and enjoy the view. 1050 Sixth Ave. 283-0151.

 

Jackpot Buffet

The Jackpot Buffet at Meskwaki Casino is one of the largest buffets in the Midwest with more than 20 homestyle 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 and many other seafood favorites. The Jackpot Buffet is also well known for an outstanding breakfast, which is served daily Monday thru Saturday. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.

 

Mullets

Mullets is Des Moines’ sweetest riverside roadhouse; featuring fabulous breakfast seven days a week, as well as a full menu guaranteed to please. Enjoy breathtaking views of the downtown skyline and the state Capitol building from our multi-level patios. Come check out our daily lunch and dinner specials. Daily 7 a.m.-close. 1300 S.E. First St. 244-1443

 

Oddfellows

Oddfellows Burger Kitchen is full of “fun” and “funky”. Their motto is “Be Kind, Tell the Truth, and Eat Good Food”. How can you go wrong? Known for their outstanding burgers, Oddfellows grinds a secret mix of beef brisket and sirloin to create their third-pound patties. The buns, just like the burgers, are created in the Oddfellows kitchen each day… The freshest and tastiest burger you can get. 823 Wheeler St., Ames. 292-2066. www.oddfellowsburgerkitchen.com.

 

Olde Main

Located in downtown Ames, Olde Main’s restaurant and brewpub is the perfect place to dine, drink or hold an event. Take a seat and enjoy our friendly service and delicious food. At Olde Main, we believe it’s not about the next beer but enjoying the one in your hand. That’s why we blend traditional brewing practices and modern techniques to craft fresh, full-flavored beers. 316 Main St., Ames. 232-0553. www.oldemainbrewing.com.

 

Quinton’s

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.

 

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 just for specials occasions but for every occasion when you want… Simply the best! Reservations accepted. 253-0124. www.greenbriartrostels.com.

 

Asian

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. Please come and enjoy with our Thai family. 1821 22nd St., West Des Moines. 440-2075. http://www.king-and-i-thaicuisine.com.

 

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 2011 “Best Of Des Moines” 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. 3100 Forest Ave., Des Moines; 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona; 9350 University Ave., Waukee; 1425 S.W. Vintage, Ankeny, and 5950 56th St., Johnston. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.

 

Diner

Crouse Cafe

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.

 

Family

Full House Cafe

The Full House Café is open daily and offers a great variety of classic breakfast and lunch favorites along with daily specials. Some of the breakfast items include everyone’s favorite the “Iowa Omelet” which is loaded with steak, bacon, ham, sausage, sautéed onions and peppers and smothered in cheddar cheese, served with hash brown potatoes or fresh cut fruit and toast. For lunch, you need to try our hand-breaded, half-pound tenderloin or one of our Angus burgers. You won’t go away hungry from here. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.

 

Iowa Cubs Cub Club

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, please contact catering manager, Derek Hickey, 244-3464.

 

Food and Restaurant Products

Dupey Equipment Co.

Dupey Equipment is committed to providing the highest quality food equipment available. Our varied customer base includes meat packers and processors, retail food stores, specialty shops, and restaurants. Wherever food is prepared and marketed, Dupey Equipment can provide to our customers the tools and machines for cutting, grinding, portioning, cooking, weighing, packaging, labeling and more. 2048 92nd Court, Clive. 223-0700. www.dupeyequipment.com.

 

Graziano’s

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!

 

Hockenberg’s

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.

 

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. www.lawequipment.com.

 

Food/ Wine Tours

Cooking Tour Of Italy

Four unique tours in Italy far from the touristic places, close to the Italian soul, flavors and colors. Italian Cooking Tour: Travel with me to Viterbo Italy for a culinary trip of a lifetime. The Wine Tasting Tour: Sept. 20-26. Best time for wine lovers. Gourmet Biking Tour: July 19-25. Five days and six nights with great food, wine and carbs. Italian Photo Tour: Aug. 30-Sept. 5. Capture a once in a lifetime photo of Italy with me. Contact Alessandra at 508-9474 or alessandra@cookingwithalessandra.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. 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.

 

Japanese

Akebono 515

Locally owned and new to Des Moines, Akebono Japanese Restaurant brings new culinary ideas and top notch sushi to Japanese cuisine. From the ambiance to the food, the owners have each lent their personal touch. Unique to their competition, the owners personally create, prepare and cook every order, every night. Come join us for good food and good times. 215 10th St., Des Moines. 244-5972. www.akebonob515.com.

 

Mexican

Tasty Tacos

A family-owned Des Moines-based Mexican restaurant serving family recipes for 50 years! Most everything is made daily. Six 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.

 

Pizza

Red Rossa

A Passion For Flavor RedRossa began with a passion for fresh, flavorful and authentic Italian/American dining. Offering affordable Italian & American cuisine, RedRossa’s signature recipes highlight the finest ingredients, prepared in the tradition of old-world Italy, in a comfortable and festive atmosphere. 12695 University Ave., Clive. 221-2529. www.redrossa.com.

 

Seafood

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.

 

Small Plates

Trostel’s Dish

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.

 

Steakhouse

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 seven days a week – lunch and dinner. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. www.johnandnicks.com.

 

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse blends traditions of the past with the present and is reminiscent of the traditional ’40s style supper clubs where everybody went for a good time and great food. The vintage prints on the walls, the exhibition kitchen, waiters in black pants and white shirts, floor-to-ceiling windows, large upholstered, wooden booths and private seating invoke feelings of the past. Located in the Radisson Hotel, 6800 Fleur Drive, 287-0848; and in the Holiday Inn and Suites, 6075 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, 333-5665. www.johnnysitaliansteakhouse.com.

 

Prime Cut Grill

At the Prime Cut Grill, we serve the best steaks available along with a full line of pasta, seafood, sandwiches and cocktails, open Wednesday-Sunday nightly. Some of our guests favorites include hand cut boneless ribeye 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 and Saturday night. After dinner don’t forget to stop by the lounge where we have live bands every Friday and Saturday night with no cover charge. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.

 

Texas Roadhouse

Legendary Food, Legendary Service®, and Legendary Fun! At Texas Roadhouse, we take pride in everything we do from hand-cut steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs, to some pretty sweet margaritas. And we do it all with one goal — to give your family a place to go for great food and good times at a fantastic price. 8744 Northpark Drive, Johnston. 251-4597. www.texasroadhouse.com.

 

Wine

Vintage Wines

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! 6905 Mills Civic Parkway, Suite 124, West Des Moines. www.vintagewineia.com. 225-4373. RELISH

 

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