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 ...
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]