Sbrocco Wine Bar: Oustanding local fare
Sbrocco is billed as a wine bar, and indeed there is a bountiful list of wines by the bottle or glass, and a cellar which is fun to visit. But what really impressed me was the incredible food. The Iowa duck was meltingly delicious, perfectly cooked. (We all got it, so I didn't have a chance to try the Niman pork chops -- though I did spot some, and would order them next time.) I imagine it can get quite noisy because the tables are tin-topped and there isn't a lot in the way of sound-deadening wall hangings, etc., but the evening we were there, we had no problems. Service was efficient and friendly.
The set-up features a long bar on one side, with tables along the other wall. It is quite a large, deep space. Lighting was adequate to read the menu.
- Business Travel
- Wine Tasting
Waterfront Seafood Market and Restaurant: The Waterfront
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...
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.
La Mie: French Bakery Heaven
Luscious baked goods and a memorable brunchy menu make La Mie "La Favorite" in Des Moines. This very popular bakery-restaurant is a stellar attraction. It's located in a suburban style strip mall a few miles west of downtown, with very easy access to I-235, so it made for an excellent place to stop when I was driving in between Minneapolis and Kansas City in December 2012.
- Food and Dining
Chicago Speakeasy: An offer you can't refuse
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.
Buzzard Billy's Flying Carp Cafe: little gator anyone?
This is a neat little place downtown. They serve up some of the best Creole/Cajun food that I have had. Don't let the name fool you, there is no "carp" on the menu. When you walk down the steps it feels rustic and that it could be down on Bourbon Street. The best night to go is on Thursday, "crappy beer night". You can get your old fav's, Schlitz, PBR, Old Mil, the list goes on.
Favorite Dish: All of them, but I would have to say, get the stuffed mushrooms to start with. Just thinking about them makes me hungry.
Tasty Taco: Not your average taco
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.
A-Dong: Vietnamese in Iowa
This Vietnamese Restaurant on the west side of Downtown offers good Vietnamese food at reasonable prices. It seems to attract a good number of its patrons from the nearby medical school and hospital, but I've also noticed a fair number of college students eating here as well.
- Food and Dining
Big Daddy's BBQ
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.
Art Center Cafe: If Matisse were a chef, he'd cook here
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.
- Food and Dining
- Museum Visits
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.
Spaghetti Works: Spaghetti Works
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
The Drake Diner, The North End...
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.
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.
Yee Ho Garden: Yee Ho Garden
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!