We have the best burgers in town! For 21 years we’ve won Cityview’s “Best of Des Moines” readers’ poll and are proud to serve these burgers at more than seven locations throughout the metro. Multiple locations in Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona, Urbandale and Ames. www.b-bops.com.
Big City Burgers and Greens
Located on the first level in Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines, Big City is fresh, healthy and socially responsible. Serving local meats and greens, using organic beef and free-range poultry and being one of Iowa’s first 100 percent compostable restaurants, Big City is “green.” Catering also available. 400 Locust St., Suite 195, 537-8433. Order Online www.bigcityburgersandgreens.com.
The Club Car: While great food and service may be the “primary products” of The Club Car, the casual atmosphere also elicits captivation from the moment you walk in the front door. Railroad memorabilia, original framed posters, model train cars and signs from “way back” always draw attention. 13435 University Ave., #200. Clive. 226-1729. www.clubcardining.com.
The Food Arcade offers a wide array of grab-and-go food options like whole or by-the-slice pizza, burgers, tenderloins, wings, fries, hot beef sandwiches, homemade soups, subs, ice cream and much more. Open 10 a.m.–7 a.m. daily. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.
Holiday Inn Cityscape Lounge
Discover the delicious Cityscape Lounge for downtown dinner and drinks… with a view! Located in the Holiday Inn downtown, Cityscape Lounge offers daily Happy Hour drink specials and half-price appetizers Monday-Friday during Happy Hour. From our almond-crusted tenders and skyline platter to our cowboy steak and old-world, baked cavatelli pasta… whatever you do, make sure you save room for dessert! Come escape the day and enjoy the view. 1050 Sixth Ave. 283-0151.
Iowa Cubs Cub Club
The Cub Club at Principal Park offers delicious dining with a one-of-a-kind view! The Cub Club is open to the public Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch (7 a.m. to 2 p.m.) year round. The Cub Club is also the perfect place to host a group meeting or special event. Space is available for up to 200 guests. This unique facility will meet your catering needs — no rental fee with a food and beverage purchase. The Iowa Cubs are committed to a truly extraordinary experience for you and your guests. For more information, please contact Brandie Willson at 280-2650.
The Jackpot Buffet at Meskwaki Casino is one of the largest buffets in the Midwest with more than 20 homestyle entrée choices along with our fresh, never-frozen, broasted chicken, many homemade desserts and, of course, our famous Friday Seafood Night featuring jumbo snow crab, shrimp scampi, fried whole catfish, fried shrimp, herbed-baked fish, clam strips and many other seafood favorites. The Jackpot Buffet is also well known for an outstanding breakfast, which is served daily Monday through Saturday. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.
Located at 506 E. Grand in the East Village, Quinton’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. and serves food until midnight. Our unbeatable all-day drink specials are supplemented with a daily happy hour from 3-7 p.m. featuring $3 23-oz. domestic Big Girl beers, $4 premium Big Girls, $5 Big Girl mixed drinks and half-price chips and salsa, C.C.Q. and spinach artichoke dip. We can accommodate groups of up to 60 people. Visit us at www.quintonsdm.com to check our menu of unique sandwiches, breadbowl soups, giant loaded spuds, fresh salads and gourmet burgers, with take-out always available.
Trostel’s Greenbriar is offering a new menu featuring five seasonal specialties, cracker-crust pizzas, and of course, your favorite entrees. Not just for special occasions but for every occasion when you want… Simply the best! Reservations accepted. 253-0124. www.dishtrostels.com.
If you’re looking for some of the best BBQ in town, this Drake neighborhood sports bar is the place to go. Jethro’s racked up the awards in Cityview’s 2011 “Best Of Des Moines” readers poll, winning Best BBQ and runner-up for Best American Food and Best Nachos. Serving ribs, pork, beef brisket, whole chickens and turkey that is smoked daily in our 750-lb. capacity smoker. Stop by and see why we are the best. 3100 Forest Ave., Des Moines; 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona; 9350 University Ave., Waukee; 1425 S.W. Vintage, Ankeny, and 5950 56th St., Johnston. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Jethro’s BBQ Pork Chop Grill
The State Fair Pork Chop, Pork Chop on a Stick, The Shake and Bake Pork Chop, a Stuffed Pork Chop, a double cut Smoked Pork Chop — you will find them all here as Jethro pays homage to the 21 million pigs in Iowa. This brand new Johnston Jethro’s features 29, huge 60- and 70-inch TVs that will bring you all the sports. Twin 900-lb. smokers cook all of Jethro’s award-winning “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats.” Jethro’s Pork Chop Grill, Your Johnston Neighborhood Sports Bar. 5950 N.W. 86th St., Johnston. 421-4848. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Woody’s Smoke Shack
Woody’s has championship BBQ and offers catering, dine-in or carry out options. Home to the best corn bread in Iowa. Come early, call ahead or even fax your order! 2511 Cottage Grove Ave. Phone: 277-0005. Fax: 277-0022. www.woodyssmokeshack.com.
Catering DSM, located in Capital Square in downtown Des Moines, offers a full range of catering services and cuisine options. With partnerships with venues such as Dos Rios and Big City Burgers and Greens, Catering DSM can do it all; from playoff parties to office parties to wedding receptions. Contact us to plan your next event! 400 Locust St., Suite 193, 508-0829. www.CateringDSM.com.
Jethro’s BBQ Jambalaya
What a concept! Barbeque and Cajun Creole Creations all served in Your Waukee Neighborhood Sports Bar. It doesn’t get any better than this made-from-scratch cooking. Serving all of Jethro’s “ Amazing Slow Smoked Meats” plus Cajun food favorites like Jambalaya, Red Beans ‘n’ Rice, Crawfish Etouffe and Spicy Gumbo. Try the Alligator or the BBQ Shrimp; the blackened Mahi is as close as you will come to the Big Easy in Iowa. The Cajun sampler platter will tickle your tummy. Jethro is hooping and hollering excited for you to come visit. 9350 University Ave., West Des Moines. 987-8686. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Jethro’s BBQ Lakehouse
Jethro has built his very own LAKEHOUSE in the booming city of Ankeny. Two patios overlook the serene water of Prairie Trail Lake as a giant moose and trophy elk gaze. 22 big screen TVs bring you all the sports action. Twin, 750-lb. hickory fired smokers cook all of Jethro’s award-winning “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats.” The Cajun Creole Creations made famous at Jambalaya are proudly served. Imagine how good the taste of Walleye served fresh from the lake is at Jethro’s LAKEHOUSE, Your Ankeny Neighborhood Sports Bar. 1425 S.W. Vintage Parkway, Ankeny. 289-4444. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Crouse Café is located off Indianola’s Town Square – just a short drive from Des Moines’ south side. The third-generation, family-run eatery is proud to offer the best in homemade. Whether stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Crouse Café is serving up all your favorites including biscuits and gravy, hot beef sandwiches and pork tenderloins. Or stop by for just a piece of homemade pie – you won’t be disappointed. 115 E. Salem Ave., Indianola. 961-3362.
FOOD AND RESTAURANT PRODUCTS
Bolton & Hay: Established in 1920, Bolton & Hay Inc. is a locally owned and family operated foodservice equipment business based in Des Moines. Bolton & Hay’s mission is to provide quality foodservice equipment and supply products at discounted factory direct prices to our valued customers. Bolton & Hay is your leading source of commercial kitchen equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry. 2701 Delaware Ave. 265-2554. www.boltonhay.com.
Graziano Brothers is proud to offer the best in homemade Italian sausage. Established in 1912 by brothers Frank and Louis Graziano, our sausage is made from fresh, top-quality pork and Italian seasonings without any preservatives and is available in link, bulk and patty forms. We also feature a variety of cheese, meat, pasta, bread, tomato products and dolces. Come visit us… it’s worth the trip! 1601 S. Union St. 244-7103.
Serves all your restaurant, food service and bar equipment needs. New and used equipment, smallwares and glasswares in stock. Full line dealer. If we don’t have it, we can get it. Ground up design services available. Special orders welcome from one piece to complete build out. 10095 Hickman Court, Suite B, Clive. 334-5036. www.lawequipment.com.
Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano
Biaggi’s is a fun, casual, white-tablecloth restaurant that offers an extensive menu featuring a full selection of house-made and imported pasta, soups, salads, pizza, seafood, fresh fish, chicken, veal, steaks and desserts. Fresh. Affordable. Italian. 5990 University Ave., West Des Moines. 221-9900. www.biaggis.com.
Under new (old) ownership and newly remodeled, enjoy a romantic atmosphere with cheerful service. A Des Moines favorite for more than 21 years, try a house favorite pasta or pizza from the original wood-burning oven. Make sure you save room for Cosi’s famous cheesecake! They offer a variety of wine-by-glass and select bottles. 1975 N.W. 86th Street, Clive. 278-8148
Noah’s Ark Ristorante
Noah’s Ark Ristorante has been a well-known Ingersoll tradition for decades. It offers a comfortable, relaxed, inviting atmosphere combined with a friendly and helpful staff. Serving up a full menu of delicious Italian cuisine, you are sure to find something you love. 2400 Ingersoll Ave. 288-2246.
Fresh Mediterranean Express
Fresh meets Waukee. When you enter our doors you will be greeted by the sights, sounds, scents of the Mediterranean. Send your taste buds on a journey of discovery with our fresh menu items. Now open at 15 N.E. Carefree Lane, Waukee. 987-6870. www.freshmediterraneanexpress.com.
Cabo Sol: Cabo Sol is a great place to eat — combining a family-friendly atmosphere with great tasting, authentic food that will make your taste buds have a fiesta. Come in to enjoy our daily specials. Inside dining, carry-outs, catering and full-service bar. 5010 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines. 515-223-6319.
With authentic Latin cuisine, house-made corn tortillas, drinks, rooms for private events and off-premise catering, Dos Rios has earned a place among Des Moines’ hot spots. Contact us today to book your holiday party! 316 Court Ave. 282-2995. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter the “Our” in “Our Story,” this means you. The little taco night in a tiny town south of the metro caught a little Twitter buzz, people started driving down from as far away as Ames, Iowa to partake in the original Braised Pork Shoulder, Vegan Chorizo, Slaw, and hand pressed tortillas. Tacopocalypse feeds you world class tacos and other world foods, both traditional and fusion, made with sustainable locally-raised products right here in our great city of Des Moines. 407 East 5th Street, Des Moines. 556-0571.
A family-owned Des Moines-based Mexican restaurant serving family recipes for 50 years! Most everything is made daily. Six convenient locations throughout the Des Moines metro. 1418 E. Grand Ave., 2900 Euclid Ave., 5847 S.E. 14th St., in Des Moines, 8549 Hickman Road, Urbandale, 2401 S.E. Delaware Ave., in Ankeny, and 6326 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. www.tastytacos.com for more information or join them on Facebook.
The Other Place
If you are looking for good food and cold drinks that is a family friendly atmosphere you can find it at The Other Place. Well known for our made from scratch pizza for over 40 years we also have great Appetizers, entree salads, sub and sandwiches. All the while offering a unique game day experience for all your family and friends. Carry-out available. 12401 University Ave., Clive. 225-9494.
Twisted Pizzaria is the place for fine dining in Des Moines.We are a family owned and operated restaurant establishment. We offer a great variety of Italian food. We smoke our meats fresh daily. We make our pastas with homemade sauces which are baked fresh. We offer GLUTEN FREE options as well. Give us a try because our pizza is so twisted you will want MORE! 3801 S.W. 9th St. 244-0554. Sun- Thu. 11 a.m.- 1 a.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. Dine in, carry out or delivery.
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill
Splash Seafood Bar and Grill is a great place to enjoy fresh fish, oysters and hand-cut steaks all in a fun and vibrant surrounding right in downtown Des Moines. Visit our oyster bar for some of the freshest original menu items or our famous clam chowder. 303 Locust St., #100. 244-5686. www.splash-seafood.com.
You’ll love the unique dining experience at our restaurant. We offer small dishes with fresh flavor from around the world and new seasonal selections every three months. Enjoy wine flights and cheese flights. Private dining area for business meetings or intimate gatherings. Bar opens at 4 p.m. Monday–Saturday. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. 12854 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH. www.distrostels.com.
Jethro’s ‘n Jake’s Smokehouse Steaks
Now in Altoona. Still at Drake. No Australian or Texan spoken here. These steaks are corn-fed, Iowa-raised, USDA Choice meat, hickory smoked over a campfire and broiled to perfection in our 1,600 degree Jethro’s ‘n Jake’s fire machine. This seals in the juices and flavors. All our steaks are seasoned with black pepper and salt and finished with a touch of smoked garlic butter. Your Altoona Neighborhood Sports Bar. 2601 Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 957-9727. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
John and Nick’s
After 30 years, John Jaeger left his family business and opened John and Nick’s Steak and Prime Rib in Clive. Enjoy his famous salad bar — bigger and better with more than 60 fresh homemade items, including homemade shrimp and crab salads, a wide selection of olives and too many more to list. The best part is the salad bar comes with your meal. Enjoy hand-cut black angus, USDA choice steaks, aged 21 days for maximum taste and tenderness, including Shot gun Blackened Rib-eye, New York strip, filet mignon, Steak De Burgo, and many others. Try the amazing selection of incredible seafood, such as Parmesan crusted Mahi Mahi, Salmon Florentine, Yellow Fin Ahi Tuna, Bacon Wrapped Scallops, and many others. The offerings continue with chops, pasta and John’s house specialty, Prime Rib, USDA choice ribeye slow roasted and carved to order, plus many other tasty menu items. The cozy atmosphere and delicious food will make your dining experience unforgettable. 15970 Hickman Road, Clive. 987-1151. www.johnandnicks.com.
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse
Features steaks, chops, seafood and Italian specialties. Enjoy the vintage cool atmosphere with the sounds of Frank, Dean and Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as contemporary crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Enjoy classic martinis, specialty cocktails or our extensive wine list at the Blue Bar. Private dining, banquet and meeting space make it perfect for any occasion. 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, 515-287-0848; Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines 515-333-5665 and Bass Pro Drive, Altoona 515-957-9600.
Prime Cut Grill
At the Prime Cut Grill, we serve the best steaks available along with a full line of pasta, seafood, sandwiches and cocktails, open Wednesday through Sunday nightly. Some of our guests’ favorites include hand cut boneless ribeye steak, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, hand-breaded deep-fried jumbo shrimp, pan-fried walleye fillet, traditional French onion soup, and of course our slow-roasted prime rib, which is served every Friday and Saturday night. After dinner don’t forget to stop by the lounge where we have live bands every Friday and Saturday night with no cover charge. Meskwaki Bingo and Casino, 1504 305th St., Tama. (641) 484-2108. www.meskwaki.com.
Stuffed Olive: The Stuffed Olive is all about the entire “Martini Experience.” From your favorite classics to new and exciting blends you’ve never seen before, you’re sure to find a cocktail to love on our vast martini menu. Add a warm, comfortable atmosphere, great wines, beers and top-shelf spirits, and The Stuffed Olive will become your favorite place to start, end or spend your evening. Our tapas menu offers appetizer-sized portions of globally influenced entrees, for a sampling and sharing dining experience. 208 3rd St., Des Moines. 243-4456.
We invite you come out and be part of the tradition of excellent wines. Whether you are experienced with the world of wine or a novice and afraid to look foolish, you’ll find our expert tasting room staff friendly and knowledgeable, ready to help you find wines you’ll appreciate and enjoy. Our list of awards is long, but we are more proud of our consumers’ love of our legendary Caba Moch, and our other flavorful wines. Come out for Sunday Tunes, enjoy the music and wine, bring your friends and family, and join our family at the place where it all began in Iowa Wine Country! 15101 Fairfax, Indianola, 961-3545, www.summersetwine.com. RELISH