It is a small chain around the Des Moines area, but has the presence of being one of those hole in the wall places (this is a good thing). The place has the best flour tacos.
Favorite Dish: Everyone that I have taken there agrees, the flour tacos are the best. They fry the shell to a crispy golden brown. Stuff it with meat (there own special creation) and cheese, the veggies are optional, but recommended. Top it off with there own hot sauce and you have their master piece.
The Art Center Cafe has a limited menu, but it all looked good when I was there. Upscale and delicious - it seems to attract many people in Des Moines who just come for the restaurant. On pleasant days, there is outdoor seating by the reflecting pool; there are about ten tables inside, so if you want to be sure of a table, get here early.
I should also list this tip under "Warnings & Dangers" category........
Big Daddy produces a BBQ that is overly hot. Now I love intense spice in food, but this stuff will burn for days.
Big Daddy himself will come to you with a plastic spoon of his hot sauce, and convince you to try it.
He also provides a homemade conconction, made from Mountain Dew & Castor Oil, to settle your stomach.
Once the burn was reduced, I felt like I had swallowed concrete.
Favorite Dish: Big Daddy has been on the David Letterman show, highlighting his restaurant.
Atmosphere is low-key and a bit like the name implies. Food is excellent but the place always does good business and waits of over 2 hours for a table can happen, so plan ahead. Prices are EXTREMELY reasonable. Service is generally very good. You won't have many "kids" waiting on you.
Favorite Dish: Prime Rib. Huge cuts and hardly any excess fat. Most of the time you don't require any more trimming. You get your money's worth.
Some of the best I've eaten in 15 states!!!!
Not far from downtown.
Great atmosphere and food. I understand they have a few of these restaurants scattered throughout the U.S. The place is decorated with musical memorabilia.
Favorite Dish: The Bayou Platter (you can split it with your dining companion if you're not a big eater)
I've never been disappointed with my meals (but then again, I love seafood). My wife even enjoys the food and she's not much for seafood. Also, the market is attached to the restaurant so you can pick up something fresh to go.
Favorite Dish: Halibut Royale - $16.95 Fresh halibut steak marinated in a chardonnay white wine and topped with sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped green onions and seasoned bread crumbs. Baked to perfection. A house favorite!
Mondos : Great ambiance is great - the food is modestly priced. 2 can eat for less than $40. Wine list and other mixed drinks availible - I suggest the cholate martini. Steak, Chicken, Calamari, Pasta & great desserts. Out door patio with bar. They also have a live local band that plays on the weekends and at night. The have the best Foccia bread I have ever tasted - they bring you freash bread w/ olive oil and asiago cheese with cracked peppercorns - before your meal. I cant say enough anout the place.
all of the above
Favorite Dish: Simpley Chicken Sandwhich: grilled chicken on foccia bread served with grilled seasoned fries. I am simple what can I say - this is probably one of their more boring dishes.
Enough food for a farmer. Gift shop in the lobby of the resaurant, which has everything a tourist will ever want from Iowa.
Favorite Dish: Double-Cut Iowa Pork Chop. It's a pork chop as big as your head! I hear the steaks are great too.
The price is very good for the amount of food you get. It's a casual atmosphere and almost everything there is wonderful. It is a good place for family dining.
Favorite Dish: Spasagna, Yankee Pot Roast, Cookie Monster, and Smashed Potatoes.
The Drake Diner, The North End Diner, and The West End Diner are all pretty much the same except for their locations. All three are 50's type diners that serve excellent food.
Favorite Dish: The Cheeseburger has always been a favorite standby of mine. The onion rings are great too. Don't forget the peanut butter and chocolate malt.
Great atmosphere. The Des Moines Big Band plays there every monday night except during the summer. The Band plays in the back of the restaurant and they usually have a cover, its around $5 but when they have special guests, like the other day they had a grammy award winner and member of the Yellow Jackets sit in with them, it can cost a little more.
Favorite Dish: Beer cheese spaghetti
Betta Bupa or something like that ('joe's basement')
The waitstaff is excellent & fun, the atmosphere unique (you've got to sit at 'The Revolving Pope Table'!), food is authentic Italian cuisine.
Favorite Dish: Anything on this family-portion menu
Every Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday they have a champagne buffet with snow crab legs! It's $9.95 per person, and all-you-can-eat! SwedishChef and I have made it a must-do every time he's home!
Favorite Dish: Everything is delicious! I am a seafood person, so I always go for anything with shrimp in it, and their shrimp dishes are wonderful! They also make great crab rangoon!
One thing Mondo's does that I have never experienced before: They serve different kinds of bread served with a plate of olive oil seasoned with herbs and parmesan cheese while you're waiting for your food. I'm used to dinner rolls and butter, but I've never had the olive oil treatment before. It's surprisingly delicious!
Favorite Dish: Shrimp Alfredo. Linguini and shrimp positively swimming in a delectable alfredo sauce. Portions are huge, so if you want dessert (and the desserts are fabulous, too!) skip the appetizers. If you don't have a sweet tooth, then indulge in the appetizers...there are many and they are terrific! No matter how hard you try not to eat too much, you will fail, and will stagger outside feeling like a turkey on Thanksgiving.
Family-sized servings, so don't order pasta entrees for each person in your party! Order one salad per 4-6 people and 2-3 pasta meals for variety. You'll still take home a lot of the meal. Very garlicky, but excellent taste.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Parmesan