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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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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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