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Posted November 02, 2022in Food Dude

Thanks given, 2022

It’s hard as ever to open a new restaurant these days with labor shortages, high-interest loans, and customers stressed by inflation. Yet people keep doing it, and doing it well. [...]

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Posted October 05, 2022in Food Dude

Destination Grille

Restaurants on the outskirts of town have been development pathfinders. When Eddie Webster’s opened in 1970, it was miles of cornfields away from the houses. It introduced central Iowa to [...]

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Posted August 31, 2022in Food Dude

Irina’s Steak & Seafood

National chain restaurants are true believers in templates. They don’t deviate much from one store to another in menu or floor plan. Des Moines restaurant groups take a different path [...]

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Posted August 03, 2022in Food Dude

Mingala Bar

When a new ethnic cuisine comes to the metro, it almost always arrives in a low-rent neighborhood in Des Moines. Our first Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Pakistani, soul food, Ethiopian, Kenyan, [...]

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Posted July 06, 2022in Food Dude

Double tasking done well

Despite what Karine Jean-Pierre keeps saying, it’s hard to imagine gas becoming cheaper any time soon. That leads some to plan errands with military precision. It helps when you can [...]

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Posted June 01, 2022in Food Dude

The Reinhardt Room is for showing off

Four decades ago, the wise men of Des Moines invited architect and prophet Mario Gandelsonas of Princeton to town. Gandelsonas presented a vision of a future Des Moines that predicted [...]

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Posted May 04, 2022in Food Dude

Keeping it simple

One baffling question facing the contemporary restaurant world: Who first thought that endless menus were a good idea? The Cheesecake Factory leads America with a 23-page menu that includes 85 [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Food Dude

Suave as Tupelo Honey

When Machine Shed was merely conceptual, Mike Whalen visited other places he felt would be competitors. After seeing Cracker Barrel, he told his designers that he wanted to be Cracker [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Food Dude

Pho 515

Des Moines is blessed with lots of outstanding Vietnamese restaurants. Thank you, Gov. Ray. One of them is raising the bar. Pho 515 is about 90% of the way done [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Food Dude

Anna Dolce sweetens West Glen

Anna Dolce is a wonderful addition to the West Glen area. It is not a national franchise, which is a rare thing in this neighborhood. It is a collaboration between [...]

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