Salted caramel, peanut butter and cotton candy are among the long-lasting flavors on Orange Leaf’s self-serve wall.

A flavor to fit anyone’s taste

By Eleni Upah Loosen up the belt, because it’s time for dessert. Better yet, it’s summertime dessert, which means something cool and refreshing — so maybe unbutton those pants, too. ...

Big City Burger_5

The perfect burger: an ode to summer

By Eleni Upah When the temperature starts rising, nothing sounds better than pulling the grill out of its winter prison and cooking big, juicy burgers. Steaks are great, and hot ...

Saints Pub offers four mini versions of regular-sized sandwiches as sliders.

Sliders double as sandwich samples and entrées

By Eleni Upah Appetizers come in all shapes, sizes, flavors and forms. Some of the more traditional ones have been on the menu for years: mozzarella sticks, chips and salsa, ...

The Contents


THE CHEF- Tom McKern, Zombie Burger

By Eleni Upah Q. How long have you been cooking? A. I’ve ...
Maid-Rites, like Taylor’s in Marshalltown, are Iowa’s oldest food tradition.

THE PRODUCER- Maid-Rite stays true to its Iowa heritage

By Eleni Upah It all started with a walk-up restaurant in Muscatine, ...
The South Side Citra Blonde is the favored summer ale at Confluence Brewing Company.

THE DRINK- The best beers are Des Moines beers

By Eleni Upah “I’m not sure if…there is a bad beer with ...

Burgers of Des Moines


THE FEATURE- Burgers of Des Moines

By Jim Duncan The hamburger is a contradiction in a bun, simultaneously the scourge of nutritionists and the piece de resistance for low carbohydrate dieters — hold the bun, please. Although they have been around for at least 800 years, they celebrated their 100th birthday a few years ago. Despite being the most popular meal […]

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THE DISH- Disappearing borders

By Jim Duncan The spring quarter was a time of alarm and espionage. Mo Yun, the wife of a billionaire Chinese seed magnate, was indicted on intellectual property theft after her brother and another man were caught digging up and stealing patented seedlings in an Iowa farm field. Food inflation began to raise its ugly […]

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