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The buzz about booze

The drinking habits of American diners are changing By Jim Duncan   ...

On the edge of town

Places to explore while you’re here By Jim Duncan   The Iowa ...

Disbelief and incredulity in the local food scene

By Jim Duncan   To borrow from probably the most populist novelist ...

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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. Café at the Meadows: Café at the Meadows […]

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Food Dude: 30 years ago…Trostel’s Greenbriar celebrates an anniversary in style

When Paul Trostel moved his brand from Ingersoll (Colorado Feed & Grain, Rosie’s Cantina) to Johnston in 1987, there wasn’t much variety in the local dining scene. In fact, Trostel introduced the appetizer menu at Colorado Feed & Grain. Before that, appetizers in Des Moines consisted of a choice of tomato juice, fruit cocktail or […]

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Lunch With….Kristian Day

Kristian Day is the only Des Moines guy I know who has a page on IMDb (Internet Movie Database, the ultimate Who’s Who of Hollywood). It’s most impressive for someone who just turned 30, with credits in 15 different areas. That’s the same number Martin Scorsese has. We asked him to lunch, and he chose […]

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A festive time of the year

By Jim Duncan For the food and hospitality industry, this is the season of seasons. Holidays are — more than ever before — occasions when families spend time in restaurants rather than at home cooking. Mike Whalen, both a former Iowa Restaurant Association president and a National Restaurant Association president, says the greatest blessing of […]

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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 guests was extravagant. Last month, Prairie Meadows Racetrack, Casino, Entertainment Center and Hotel’s Hospitality Director Clay Willey laughed about that. “During the Christmas party season, […]

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