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Your guide to area dining.

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B-Bops: We have the best burgers in town! For 23 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.

Café at the Meadows: Café at the Meadows is a convenient stop for a hearty breakfast, delicious lunch or a spectacular evening dinner. Whatever you choose, we know you’re going to like what we’ve got prepared. Located next to our hotel lobby. Enjoy breakfast served all day. 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. 967-1000.

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., Suite 200, Clive. 226-1729.


Down Under: Des Moines’ favorite sports bar! Located in northwest Des Moines, it’s a neighborhood bar that offers a large covered patio, great food and beverages, pool, darts, video golf and other videogames. You can watch sports, all the games with The NFL Sunday Ticket, on 20 flat-screens, plus they feature daily specials, fun events, various contests and much, much more. 8350 Hickman Road, Clive. 278-6718.

Granite City Food & Brewery: A polished casual American restaurant featuring fresh, high-quality menu items prepared from made-from-scratch recipes. Granite City is passionate about creating fresh menu items from scratch and uses its patented brewing process to deliver the best brews. 12801 University Ave., Clive. 224-1300.

Living History Farms: Living History Farms’ historic dinners are truly unique. Reserve dinner at the 1900 Farm with a horse-drawn wagon ride, the 1875 Tangen Home with parlor games or a formal nine-course dinner at the Flynn Mansion. Each offers a two- to three-hour dining experience with delicious homemade meals. Visit for details. 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. 278-5286

Palmer’s Deli: At Palmer’s, we believe in “Great Food. Great Health. Great Life.” Palmer’s Deli is about community, family, and quality food — quality products and quality ingredients. We offer many delicious choices to eat right and live healthy. We use fresh products when preparing our sandwiches, soups and salads. Our breads and desserts are baked from scratch ever yday. Classic favorites.irresistible tastes! Locations: West Des Moines, Urbandale, Kaleidoscope, Ankeny, Ingersoll.

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 special occasions but for every occasion when you want… simply the best! Reservations accepted. 5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston. 253-0124.

Triple Crown Eatery: The Triple Crown Eatery is hands down the best and most extensive buffet in central Iowa. Indulge yourself with outstanding entrees and sides prepared fresh daily by our award-winning chefs. You’ll be amazed at the selection and the prices. 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. 967-1000.


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-pound 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.

Jethro’s BBQ Pork Chop Grill: The State Fair Pork Chop, Pork Chop on a Stick, The Shake and Bake Pork Chop, a Stuffed Pork Chop, a double cut Smoked Pork Chop — you will find them all here as Jethro pays homage to the 21 million pigs in Iowa. This brand new Johnston Jethro’s features 29 huge 60- and 70-inch TVs that will bring you all the sports. Twin 900-pound smokers cook all of Jethro’s award-winning “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats.” Jethro’s Pork Chop Grill, your Johnston neighborhood sports bar. 5950 N.W. 86th St., Johnston. 421-4848.


Jethro’s BBQ Jambalaya: 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. 9350 University Ave., West Des Moines. 987-8686.

Jethro’s BBQ Lakehouse: 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. Twenty-two big screen TVs bring you all the sports action. Twin, 750-pound 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. 1425 S.W. Vintage Parkway, Ankeny. 289-4444.


Smokey Row: Open Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 1910 Cottage Grove, Des Moines. 244-2611.


Crouse Cafe: Couse Café is located off Indianola’s Town Square — just a short drive from Des Moines’ south side. 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. 115 E. Salem Ave., Indianola. 961-3362.

Food / Restaurant Products

Bolton & Hay: Established in 1920, Bolton & Hay Inc. is a locally owned and family-operated foodservice equipment business based in Des Moines. Bolton & Hay’s mission is to provide quality foodservice equipment and supply products at discounted factory-direct prices to our valued customers. Bolton & Hay is your leading source of commercial kitchen equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry. 2701 Delaware Ave. 265-2554.

Dupey Equipment: Serving the industry since 1949. We are 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.

Hockenberg’s: 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.


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.


Cabo Sol: Cabo Sol is a great place to eat — combining a family-friendly atmosphere with great-tasting, authentic food that will make your taste buds have a fiesta. Come in to enjoy our daily specials. Inside dining, carry-outs, catering and full-service bar. 5010 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. 223-6319.

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, 2401 S.E. Delaware Ave., in Ankeny, and 6326 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. Go to for more information or join them on Facebook.


RedRossa: RedRossa began with a passion for fresh, flavorful and authentic Italian/American dining. Offering affordable Italian and 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.


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., Suite 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

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. 12851 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH.


Iowa Beef Steak House: They are now serving lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is brand new for Iowa Beef Steak House, and they are sure you will love lunch just as much as their dinner, served Monday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m. Iowa Beef has recently been taken over by new ownership and has added some new menu items they are sure you will love. They are now offering a freshly ground burger with all the works, thinly sliced Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, salad bar prepared in-house, and The Pier’s famous clam chowder. They are located in the same great location at 1201 E. Euclid Ave., Des Moines. 262-1138

Jethro’s ‘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’s ‘n Jake’s fire machine. This seals in the juices and flavors. All our steaks are seasoned with black pepper and salt and finished with a touch of smoked garlic butter. Your Altoona neighborhood sports bar. 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 957-9727.

John and Nick’s: After 30 years, John Jaeger left his family business and opened John and Nick’s Steak and Prime Rib in Clive. Enjoy his famous salad bar — bigger and better with more than 60 fresh homemade items, including homemade shrimp and crab salads, a wide selection of olives and too many more to list. The best part is the salad bar comes with your meal. Enjoy hand-cut black angus, USDA choice steaks, aged 21 days for maximum taste and tenderness, including Shotgun Blackened Ribeye, New York strip, filet mignon, Steak De Burgo, and many others. Try the amazing selection of incredible seafood, such as Parmesan crusted Mahi Mahi, Salmon Florentine, Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna, Bacon Wrapped Scallops and many others. The offerings continue with chops, pasta and John’s house specialty, Prime Rib, USDA choice ribeye slow roasted and carved to order, plus many other tasty menu items. The cozy atmosphere and delicious food will make your dining experience unforgettable. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151.

Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse: Features steaks, chops, seafood and Italian specialties. Enjoy the vintage cool atmosphere with the sounds of Frank, Dean and Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as contemporary crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Enjoy classic martinis, specialty cocktails or our extensive wine list at the Blue Bar. Private dining, banquet and meeting space make it perfect for any occasion. 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, 287-0848; Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines 333-5665 and Bass Pro Drive, Altoona 957-9600) CV


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