Friday, October 31, 2014

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Posted October 29, 2014in Food Dude

Clay pots star at H’s Pho & Restaurant

For whatever reasons, geography has swayed the way restaurants cluster in the metro. Local independents thrive in the inner city, and big chains in the far-flung suburbs. It’s been so dramatic that after the opening of the all-chain Jordan Creek Town Center, one Des Moines restaurateur proposed that downtown needed

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Posted October 22, 2014in Food Dude

Woody’s — The Ultimate Place for Barbecue

Each of the last five years, Cityview has asked readers’ what they consider to be the ultimate place to go for a certain type of food. Four years ago, you chose B&B Grocery, Meat & Deli as the ultimate destination for sandwiches. The following year Gusto was your selection for

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Posted October 15, 2014in Food Dude

Lucky choices at Meskwaki

The Meskwaki Casino is imbued with delicious irony. The Lincoln Highway’s course was only altered in one place — between Marshalltown and Tama. In 1955 the powers there moved it several miles north of its original course through the Meskwaki settlement. From 1918 till that move, the highway had delivered

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Posted October 08, 2014in Food Dude

Taste of New York

It’s becoming a common story that Iowans find endearing. New Yorkers visit here, discover that public schools actually work, that the quality of life is less stressful and that they can buy twice the house for half the money. Then they move families and friends here and open an outstanding

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Posted October 01, 2014in Food Dude

Ryan’s does it southern style

The chain restaurant industry is reinventing itself. McDonald’s applied for a trademark on the term McBrunch, leading to considerable speculation about what that sagging giant has in mind. They also promoted free coffee at breakfast. Wendy’s countered with free drink cups for seniors at all hours. Applebee’s went to Instagram

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Posted September 24, 2014in Food Dude

Irish gastropub comes to Ingersoll

If Ingersoll were human, she would be my favorite, eccentric aunt. No other street in town represents such democracy of commerce — tattoo shops and massage parlors next to doctors’ offices and pet spas, dive bars next to French bistros. Where else in Des Moines would one find an exclusive

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Posted September 17, 2014in Food Dude

Bustle and quiet, can you have both?

Des Moines has generated some media noise this year. The latest was made by “Women’s Health” magazine and Yelp. Anyone who has felt the savagery of bad Yelp reviews probably puts little credence in any survey that website takes, but at least this was good news. Des Moines was named

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Posted September 10, 2014in Food Dude

Hibachi Grill and Supreme Buffet

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the Chinese buffet is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. People either love them or hate them. Their history in America has been notorious. Las Vegas’ first all-you-can-eat buffet was Chinese. The genre also seems too often beset with problems. Eastern Sushi Hibachi

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Posted September 03, 2014in Food Dude

PerKup raises breakfast culture

With fusion cooks spanning the globe to create such things as taco pizza, barbecue egg rolls and chocolate fried chicken (a significant prize winner at this year’s Iowa State Fair), I have often wondered why so few restaurants have tried to pair espresso bars with traditional American breakfasts. Why does

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Posted August 27, 2014in Food Dude

B & B Grocery Meat & Deli

Sevastopol (“venerable city” in Russian) is not just the Crimean jewel of Vladimir Putin’s ambition; it’s also an old, local neighborhood where an independent town had existed into the 20th century. Laid out south of the Des Moines River during the Civil War, it was centered around S.E. Sixth and

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