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Traditional restaurants and classic drinks and dishes of Des Moines

    By Jim Duncan   Des Moines’ daily paper set off a lively debate in March about what should be considered the “essential restaurants” of the city. Such lists ...

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Sempre Famiglia

  By Jeff Pitts   Italian sausage is usually pork sausage that stands out for being flavored with a distinct seasoning, often consisting of fennel or anise. Most Italian sausages ...


Chilled shrimp cocktail is a classic

By Jeff Pitts Shrimp cocktail is old school cool. The classic seafood dish is simple, easy to make, delightful to taste and timeless. The popular appetizer is traditionally chilled, served ...

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Baratta’s serves a splendid chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan satisfies

    By Meghan Johnson   Chicken Parmesan — or chicken Parmigiana ...
An”Old Fashioned” with Black Velvet from Skip’s.

Old Fashioned drinking and dining

  By Meghan Johnson   An Old Fashioned is about as classic ...
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THE DISH – A flurry of activity

By Jim Duncan The fourth quarter of 2015 was a perplexing disappointment ...

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The Places

American B-Bops: B-Bops has the best burgers in town! For 23 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. Down Under: Des Moines’ favorite sports bar! Located […]

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Spring comes in like a lion

  By Jim Duncan   The first quarter of the new year was a time of taking things literally. Bandits robbed at least eight different local Git-N-Go stores in the last month, inviting speculation about motives for their exclusivity of targets. Was it a disgruntled customer or former employee? Or were thieves just doing what […]

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Troy Trostel Trostel’s Greenbriar

    By Jeff Pitts   Who does most of the cooking at your house? My wife and I share the cooking duties since I work so many nights.   What is your home kitchen like? Very casual, but I have a great grill and smoker outside.   How is your home cooking different than […]

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Ensconced in chocolate

    By Jeff Pitts   When you think of an old-school classic dessert, chocolate cake probably comes to mind. Add in a deluge of cold milk to wash it down, and you have a timeless classic. Jim Lacona, of Noah’s Ark Restaurant and Lounge, knows a quality cake when he tastes one. He grew […]

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Dedicated to tradition

Every generation is tempted to believe it invented culture. Des Moines has enjoyed enough culinary success in the last dozen years that some voices don’t believe anything of enduring worth preceded that success. This issue of Relish is dedicated to traditions that predate not only Des Moines’ success in garnering James Beard Award semifinalists, but […]

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