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Posted January 05, 2022in Food Dude

RC’s Diner

Des Moines has long boasted of an extraordinary number of Italian, mostly Calabrian, restaurants. Since Bob Ray opened the state to immigrants from Southeast Asia and Mexico in the late [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Food Dude

Proudfoot & Bird

The dining room is run by Andrew Wilson, who came to Des Moines from Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen. My first glimpse of Proudfoot & Bird was a personal downer. [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Food Dude

Asian upgrades in Johnston

The burbs have become far more diverse than they were a generation earlier. Until the 21st century, Des Moines proper contained the overwhelming percentage of good ethnic restaurants while the [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Food Dude

Aura casts a good vibe

When Jay Wang took over the lease on what had always been Trostel’s Dish, he announced it would be his first non-Asian restaurant.  The word “authentic” irks me, mainly because it [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Food Dude

The Fletcher has lots going on

There is no theme in this place except that it is all cool stuff that owner Denny Elwell enjoys and likes to share.    A trip to Memphis 25 years [...]

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Posted August 04, 2021in Food Dude

Classical renaissance

The slow-roasted prime rib at AJ’s was as marvelous as it gets.  Some of the disappearing classics of the last century have been coming back, at least in a few [...]

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Posted June 30, 2021in Food Dude

New Flavors on Ingersoll

A Brazilian place becoming Thai makes sense to travelers.  Ingersoll Avenue reflects the collective conscience of Des Moines’ westside. In the late 1950s, traditional restaurants like Sherry’s, Noah’s and the [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Food Dude

The Baja and the Horn

Gursha Ethiopian Grill and Baja Cocina supply the newest examples of the metro’s growing diversity. The cuisine of Des Moines continues to become more exotic. Two of the world’s greatest [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Food Dude

Restaurants with vibes

A friend who was back in town recently wanted to meet “someplace with a distinctive vibe, like Rusty Scupper and Lloyd’s London Grill back in their day.” I suggested Fresko, [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Food Dude

Mulberry Street Tavern

Mulberry Street Tavern, in the newish Surety Hotel, covers the world to provide a cross sampling of marvelous amenities from both small villages and large cities. Surety is a part [...]

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