Thursday, January 29, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted January 28, 2015in Belly Up

The Wine Experience is the secret escape at Jordan Creek

Jordan Creek Town Center isn’t just a place that people visit once or twice. People flock to the area for work, for restaurants and good food, and in most cases, shopping — and lots of it. But after a while, it’s nice to partake in something other than Panera Bread,

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Posted January 21, 2015in Belly Up

Sip margaritas during your shopping break at On the Border

In order to be classified as a first-rate dining locale, a Mexican restaurant must have two things: warm, fresh tortilla chips served with a deliciously spicy salsa and queso combo — and kickass margaritas. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in West Des Moines offers both, not to mention

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Posted January 14, 2015in Belly Up

Wine flows in flights at Trostel’s Dish

Think about how many times you’ve sat down at a restaurant and your server asks you for your order and you reply with “everything.” Or you’re looking at a drink menu and you can’t decide between five different wines that sound perfect…or maybe you want a cocktail? Then after your

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Posted January 07, 2015in Belly Up

Denny Arthur’s: something old, something new

  Going out for drinks, hitting the dance floor and chatting up some good-looking people is a standard activity for the 21 to 30 age group. It’s still relevant to the 30 to 50 age group, although probably not a weekly endeavor. What about the 50 to 80 group? Are

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Posted December 31, 2014in Belly Up

New Flix Brewhouse offers dinner and a show

Cutline: Flix Brewhouse brings dinner and a movie in a one-stop shop to Merle Hay Mall. How many times have you gone out on a date with your partner only to argue about where to get dinner and whose turn it is to pick the movie? Flix Brewhouse is eliminating

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Posted December 24, 2014in Belly Up

If you like wine, you’ll love +39

  Iowans used to have to make a trip to the nearest Olive Garden to get a taste of Italy. Similar restaurants offer varieties of pasta and wines, but none so authentic as to make diners feel as though they are really on an Italian vacation. None, that is, until

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Posted December 17, 2014in Belly Up

Eatery A: Five-star quality at a two-star price

Dust off that favorite little black dress in the back of your closet, ladies, and strap on your best heels. Ditch the tennis shoes, men, and find that one tie you only wear for work parties and funerals. Tonight, try something different with a romantic dinner date at downtown Des

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Posted December 10, 2014in Belly Up

Mangez bien: ‘Eat well’ at Django

It’s Saturday night, and the whole group is together. The women want different wines, and men want football and a cigar-induced hangout. The only thing the group can agree on is that everyone wants to go somewhere classy. Sound familiar? Downtown Des Moines is home to a place that can

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Posted December 03, 2014in Belly Up

Des Moines celebrates 12 years of drinking with Santa

Twelve years ago, John Johnson and Jason Kiesau gathered a group of friends together and rented a party bus. Each dressed like Santa Claus and set out to have a good time in Des Moines while visiting four bars. Most everyone seemed to love the idea, and the event spread

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Posted November 26, 2014in Belly Up

Enjoy a night of western fun at Cowboy Jack’s

At Cowboy Jack’s, Daisy Duke will be your server, and you’re sure to find cousins Bo and Luke at the bar, never meaning no harm. It is a relaxed and lively saloon-style restaurant and bar where everyone in West Des Moines is sure to make themselves right at home. But

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