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.

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

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.

Granite City Food & Brewery

A polished casual American restaurant featuring fresh, high-quality menu items prepared
from made-from-scratch recipes. Granite City is passionate about creating fresh menu items from scratch and uses its patented brewing process to deliver the best brews. 12801 University Ave., Clive. 224-1300.

Food Arcade

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.

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.

Jackpot Buffet

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.


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 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

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. .

Twin Peaks West Des Moines

The ultimate Sports Lodge with mouth-watering, made-from-scratch, comfort food; 29 degree teeth chattering ice cold draft beer; every sporting event you’d ever want to watch on 42 HD Big Screen TVs and it’s all served up by our beautiful Twin Peaks Girls. 4570 University Ave., West Des Moines. 528-8294.


Jethro’s BBQ

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.

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.

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.



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.


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.

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.


Smokey Row

Open Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. 1910 Cottage Grove, Des Moines. 244-2611.



Palmer’s Deli & Market

At Palmer’s, we believe in “Great Food. Great Health. Great Life.” Palmer’s Deli is about community, family, and quality food — quality products and quality ingredients. We offer many delicious choices to eat right and live healthy. We use fresh products when preparing our sandwiches, soups and salads. Our breads and desserts are baked from scratch everyday. Classic favorites… irresistible tastes! 4949 Westown Parkway #180, West Des Moines. 223-0123. 7509 Douglas Ave. #1, Urbandale. 270-6561. 655 Walnut St. #219, Des Moines. 288-4466. 110 N. Ankeny Blvd. #200, Ankeny. 963-4500. 2843 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. 274-4004.



Crouse Cafe

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.


Bistro Montage

Your everyday French bistro. We offer a finedining experience that is cozy and intimate, with a romantic atmosphere. 2724 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines. 557-1924.



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.


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.

Law Equipment

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.


Since 1908, Hockenberg’s has provided its customers with quality food-service products at top value. Our philosophy of integrity and personal attention has fueled our growth as an industry leader with a full range of solutions — from equipment, supplies and disposables to consulting and design services, if it benefits food service, Hockenberg’s has it. 6000 Aurora Ave., Des Moines. 282-0033; toll free: 800-348-9903.


India Star

Welcome to India Star, offering the best Indian cuisine in Des Moines. Here you delight in the finest variety of authentic North Indian dishes. Come and enjoy an exceptional and memorable dining experience! Dinner reservations accepted. We also offer take-out and catering services. Lunch buffet is Monday-Saturday 11:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Dinner is Monday-Saturday 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Closed on Sundays. 5514 Douglas Ave., Des Moines. 279-2118.



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.

Cosi Cucina

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.


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.

Dos Rios

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.


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.

Tasty Tacos

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. for more information or join them on Facebook.


Gusto Pizza Co

Perennially voted Des Moines’ Best Pizza, features contemporary and classic pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts with a unique wine and craft beer list. Also voted Des Moines’ Best Gluten Free Menu! 1905 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, 8950 University Ave. in West Des Moines, and NEWLY opened 8705 Chambery Blvd. in Johnston.

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

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.


At Orlondo’s we make everything from scratch, often utilizing fresh veggies from our onsite garden. We have daily lunch and dinner specials available, along with pizza by the slice. Tuesdays are $11 large, one-topping pizza. Also, try one of our delicious appetizer items. 4337 Park Ave., 244-3637.


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.

Waterfront Seafood Market

We are a family owned, casual seafood restaurant, market, sushi and oyster bar. Undefeated as the metro’s best seafood for the past 23 years. Most of our fish and seafood is bought directly from the docks where the fishermen bring in their catch. Our fish and seafood arrive via airfreight and are hand-cut by our full-time fish cutter. Visit our West Des Moines location at 2900 University Ave. in Clocktower Square. 223-5106. Or our Ankeny location at 2414 S.E. Tones Drive, 963- 1940. For hours, specials and much more information visit


Trostel’s Dish

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.


Chicago Speakeasy

For more than 37 years, locally owned Chicago Speakeasy has been serving succulent prime rib, hand cut steaks, seafood, pasta, chicken, ribs, chops and sandwiches. Our award winning salad bar features over 40 homemade items and comes with all entrees’. In 2012 Cityview readers voted us the “Ultimate Place for Steak”, and in 2015 were voted Best Steakhouse, Best Salad Bar and Best Power Lunch! Our cozy and casual atmosphere and legendary food and service make the Speakeasy a destination you›ll bring family and friends again and again. Party Room seats 70. 1520 Euclid Ave., Des Moines. 243-3141

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.

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.

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.


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.


Summerset Winery

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, RELISH


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