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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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Posted March 03, 2021in Food Dude

Italian House is full of surprises

There are few restaurant genres that Des Moines expects to conform to formula. Seafood cafés here are all over the place, from the air freighted opulence of Splash to the [...]

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Posted February 03, 2021in Food Dude

Innovation in the year of the virus

“They say that time changes everything, but actually you have to change things yourself.” — Andy Warhol Business schools are already teaching classes about coping with viral challenges. This year [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Food Dude

New frontiers for tamales and pho

Tamales are corn’s most divine application. They are to tortillas as fentanyl is to street heroin— 60 times more potent, flavor wise, and relieving. One hundred years ago, the tamale [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Food Dude

Dirt Burger wins CITYVIEW’s Ultimate Burger Challenge

Comedian Shirley Fong-Torres liked telling her audiences that “the Chinese word for vegan translates as lousy hunter.” Vegan comedian Dick Gregory told folks that “only the most evolved level of [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Food Dude

Unrvld and Opa!

It takes a brave heart to open a restaurant business in the reigning realm of fear and seclusion. One also needs a quality product to peddle. Fortunately, the owners of [...]

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Posted September 30, 2020in Food Dude

Capriotti’s and La Familia upgrade genres

A friend of mine, who teaches law in France every summer, says the success of Subway in that country baffles her. She asked her French friends “Why?” They told her [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Food Dude

Santino’s soars

I drove aimlessly around town during the power outages, mainly because my car was my only place with air conditioning. Restaurants were closing all over town — three Burger Kings, [...]

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