B-Bops: B-Bops has 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.
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. www.gcfb.net.
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.
Jethro’s Bacon Bacon: Mmmm…bacon! Breakfast served always at this location. Try the Bacon Bloody May, the Bucket of Bacon, Triple Bacon Benedict, bacon wrapped ribs or any of Jethro’s World Famous, award winning “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats.” 1480 22nd St.,
West Des Moines. 868-0888.
Bandana’s Bar-B-Q: Bandana’s Bar-B-Q is a Southern style BBQ restaurant serving your favorite bar-b-q dishes! Our pulled pork, beef, chicken, sausage, turkey and ribs are specially prepared to create our signature smoked flavor. Our real wood smokers operate 24 hours a day, so you can “smell that smoke” at any time! We would love to cater your next event! For catering information, call Tena Black at 964-9989 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit us at 301 E. First St., Ankeny.
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. 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. The 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. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
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.
China Star: Great Chinese cuisine. Available for dine in, carry out and delivery. 7164 University Ave.,
Windsor Heights. 279-2456.
China Garden: Great Chinese cuisine. Available for dine in, carry out and delivery. 2020 Grand Ave., Suite 1300, West Des Moines. 255-5115.
China One International Buffet:
“China One International Buffet has moved to a new location! Now located at 4804 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, they serves a variety of Chinese, Japanese and American food. Available for dine in or take out. 237-0022 or 244-6211.
Cupcake Addict: Cupcake Addict is located in Johnston, and specializes in made-to-order cupcakes, unique flavors and creative designs. While cupcakes are their specialty, Cupcake Addict also provides cakes, cake balls, cupcake cakes and chocolate-dipped pretzels. All cupcakes can be custom-made to order and are never frozen, using only the high-quality ingredients to create a high-quality product. Cupcake Addict is proud to be locally owned and operated by Janet Hoch. Visit cupcakeaddictdm.com for a full list of flavors, products and services or stop by at 8705 Chambery Blvd., Suite 400, Johnston. Hours are Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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.
Jethroni Pepperoni: An Old World, Italian family dining restaurant with New World fun and flair! Featuring Dominic Iannarelli, the Iowa Restaurant Association’s “2014 Chef of the Year.” Dom is known for his “made from scratch” cooking, using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. We promise you the most delicious and original Italian dishes you have ever tasted. Our portions are generous and prices are reasonable.
3221 Adventureland Drive, Altoona.
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.
Tumea & Sons: Don’t feel like cooking dinner? Come to Tumea & Sons for a tasty Italian meal. With a host to choose from including traditional pasta dishes and homemade Italian pastries – the whole family will be satisfied. 1501 S.E. First St., Des Moines. 282-7976.
El Tapatio: One of the best-looking Mexican restaurants in the metro. All furniture is custom-made with La Tapatia’s sombrero logo and pineapples, the international symbol of the hospitality industry. Both are hand-carved into wood and leather booths and inlaid under laminated tables. Slate walls, tile floors and fabulous, large paintings of both Guadalajara and Des Moines complete this 210-seat restaurant’s ambiance. The menu also catered to west side preferences in Latino food. Chips came with a mild red salsa and a bean dip. Ground beef and chicken tacos are featured on all combo dinners and in specials. 3751 E.P. True Parkway, West Des Moines. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Irina’s Restaurant & Bar: Irina’s is a locally owned and family operated neighborhood establishment. We offer Russian-American cousine. For your special event you can reserve our private party room which seats up to 50 people, or you can reserve our bar and private booth area with a projection TV. We have a full bar with a great selection of Russian beer or vodka and an extended wine list. Bar is open late, happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Our menu is designed to meet everyone’s taste: we have traditional american dishes like steaks, pastas, burgers, salads, appetizers and of course our in house specials like beef-stroganov, moscow filet, wellington salmon, chicken, pork shashlik and daily specials. Call 331-0399.
Or visit 2301 Rocklyn Drive, Urbandale
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 the oyster bar for some of the freshest original menu items or the famous clam chowder.
303 Locust St., Suite 100. 244-5686.
Waterfront Seafood Market: This family-owned, casual seafood restaurant, market, sushi and oyster bar is undefeated as the metro’s best seafood for the past 23 years. Most of the fish and seafood is bought directly from the docks where the fishermen bring in their catch. The fish and seafood arrive via airfreight and are hand-cut by a full-time fish cutter. For hours, specials and more information, visit www.waterfrontseafoodmarket.com. 2900 University Ave. Clocktower Square, West Des Moines. 223-5106. 2414 S.E. Tones Drive, Ankeny. 963-1940.
Trostel’s Dish: You’ll love the unique dining experience at this restaurant which offers small dishes with fresh flavor from around the world and seasonal selections every three months. Enjoy wine flights and cheese flights. Private dining area for business meetings or intimate gatherings. Lunch is served 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Bar opens at 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. 12851 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH. www.dishtrostels.com.
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 the 1,600-degree Jethro’s ‘n Jake’s fire machine. This seals in the juices and flavors. All steaks are seasoned with black pepper and salt and finished with a touch of smoked garlic butter. 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 957-9727.
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 an 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.