Prairie Meadows: A million square feet of Hospitality

By Jim Duncan In a recent conversation amongst long-time restaurant people, someone mentioned the stress involved preparing a 1960s wedding feast for 100 guests. At the time, that number of ...

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Scratch Italian Bruce Gerleman and Dom Iannarelli’s latest collaboration, Jethroni Pepperoni, is a populist take on southern Italian dining, providing the experience of more expensive restaurants

By Jim Duncan  |  Photos by Dan Hodges Bruce Gerleman and Dom Iannarelli have teamed up to create the lavish Splash, where seafood is air freighted daily from both Hawaii ...

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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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A festive time of the year

By Jim Duncan For the food and hospitality industry, this is the ...

Holiday Traditions: Treat your taste buds to something tasty

By Jeff Pitts   Do you need a restaurant that is open ...
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Sensational drink sensations: Grab a steaming cup of something

By Jeff Pitts It’s time to say goodbye to summer spritzers, swimsuits ...

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The Dish: Our restaurant bubble grows

By Jim Duncan   The second quarter of 2016 was deceiving, at least to people who only read headlines. Casey’s first-quarter earnings may have disappointed some analysts, but it remained healthy at more than 5 percent growth, in a national economy stuck at less than 2 percent for eight years. Meanwhile, the Ankeny chain worked […]

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The Places: Area restaurants and dining choices

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. http://www.b-bops.com. Café at the Meadows: Café at the Meadows […]

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Set the tone with the right wine

Story by Jennifer Strauss | Photos by Dan Hodges   As I peered into my backyard this past spring, a shade of green caught my eye. Among the melting snow and frozen unraked leaves, were small clusters of chives reaching for the sun. It was the beginning of Iowa’s bountiful growing season. It lasts for […]

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Summer food in Iowa

By Jim Duncan   Early this century, the New York Times’ peerless writer R.W. Apple wrote that Madison, Wisconsin, in late summer, represented the perfect conjunction of time and place for eating the earth’s best foods. At that time, Madison was ahead of Des Moines in providing a diversity of foods, particularly heirloom varieties. Its […]

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Some of Des Moines’ newest hot spots Summertime is a perfect time to get out and eat something new

By Jeff Pitts  |  Photos by Dan Hodges   In the first half of 2016, the Des Moines metro area has seen the addition of many upscale eateries. Samplings from these high-end hot spots can quickly turn a sweltering summer night into a cool and pleasant evening out on the town. Below are some of […]

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