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.
http://www.b-bops.com.
Café at the Meadows: Café at the Meadows is a
convenient stop for a hearty breakfast, delicious lunch
or a spectacular evening dinner. Whatever you choose,
we know you’re going to like what we’ve got prepared.
Located next to our hotel lobby. Enjoy breakfast served all
day. 1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona. 967-1000.
Down Under: Des Moines’ favorite sports bar! Located in
northwest Des Moines, it’s a neighborhood bar that offers
a large covered patio, great food and beverages, pool,
darts, video golf and other video games. You can watch
sports, all the games with The NFL Sunday Ticket, on 20
flat-screens, plus they feature daily specials, fun events,
various contests and much, much more.
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.
http://www.gcfb.net.
Triple Crown Eatery: The Triple Crown Eatery is hands
down the best and most extensive buffet in central Iowa.
Indulge yourself with outstanding entrees and sides
prepared fresh daily by our award-winning chefs. You’ll
be amazed at the selection and the prices. 1 Prairie
Meadows Drive, Altoona. 967-1000.
Trostel’s Dish: Enjoy our big plates like prime rib,
steaks, mac and cheese and salmon or share your
favorite appetizers or our great cracker crust pizzas.
Contemporary upscale setting you will love. Wine
Spectator awarded wine list. Lunch and Dinner.
Reservations call 221-3474. 12851 University Ave., Clive.
http://www.dishtrostels.com.
Trostel’s Greenbriar: Prime rib, gunpowder ribeye,
pizzas, sandwiches, salads, seasonal specialties and
much more. Casual dining, a romantic dinner or a private
event — we’ve got you covered. Wine Spectator awarded
wine list. Lunch and dinner. Reservations call 253-0124.
5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston http://www.greenbriartrostels.
com.

BACON

Jethro’s Bacon Bacon: Mmmm…bacon! Breakfast
served always at this location. Try the Bacon Bloody
May, the Bucket of Bacon, Triple Bacon Benedict, bacon
wrapped ribs or any of Jethro’s World Famous, award
winning “Amazing Slow Smoked Meats.” 1480 22nd St.,
West Des Moines. 868-0888. http://www.jethrosbbq.com.

BBQ

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 the past Cityview’s
“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-pound
capacity smoker. 3100 Forest Ave., Des Moines; 2601
Adventureland Drive, Altoona; 9350 University Ave.,
Waukee; 1425 S.W. Vintage, Ankeny, and 5950 56th St.,
Johnston. http://www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
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. The Johnston Jethro’s features
29 huge 60- and 70-inch TVs that will bring you all the
sports. Twin 900-pound 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. www.
jethrosdesmoines.com.

CAJUN

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. http://www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
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. Twenty-two big screen TVs
bring you all the sports action. Twin, 750-pound 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.
http://www.jethrosdesmoines.com.

CHINESE

China Star: Great Chinese cuisine. Available for dine in,
carry out and delivery. 7164 University Ave.,
Windsor Heights. 279-2456.
China Garden: Great Chinese cuisine. Available for dine
in, carry out and delivery. 2020 Grand Ave., Suite 1300,
West Des Moines. 255-5115.
China One International Buffet:
“China One International Buffet has moved to a new
location! Now located at 4804 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines,
it serves a variety of Chinese, Japanese and American food.
Available for dine in or take out. 237-0022 or 244-6211.

DESSERT

Chocolaterie Stam: A trip to Chocolaterie Stam is a
an experience like no other. As a modern chocolaterie
steeped in old-world, Dutch traditions, we proudly serve
the Des Moines community with some of the finest
chocolate you’ve ever tasted. Stop by any of our locations
and you will instantly feel at home by our cozy décor and
the scent of fresh chocolate. 230 Main St., Ames; 2814
Ingersoll Ave., Des Moine and Valley West Mall 1551
Valley West Drive, Suite 26, West Des Moines.
Cupcake Addict: Cupcake Addict is located in
Johnston, and specializes in made-to-order cupcakes,
unique flavors and creative designs. While cupcakes
are their specialty, Cupcake Addict also provides cakes,
cake balls, cupcake cakes and chocolate-dipped
pretzels. All cupcakes can be custom-made to order and
are never frozen, using only the high-quality ingredients
to create a high-quality product. Cupcake Addict is
proud to be locally owned and operated by Janet Hoch.
Visit cupcakeaddictdm.com for a full list of flavors,
products and services or stop by at 8705 Chambery

Blvd., Suite 400, Johnston. Hours are
Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

ITALIAN

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. http://www.biaggis.com.
Cosi Cucina: Cosi Cucina has been your
favorite place for Italian comfort food for
23 years! Offering the best in eclectic,
casual Italian dining, you will find a variety
of dishes on our menu, from wood oven
pizzas, specialty pastas, fresh soups and
salads, and house-made desserts. Stop
by and have a drink from our specialty
wine list or one of our signature cocktails.
The door’s in the back because we think
of you as family and we invite you into our
Italian home. 1975 N.W. 86th St., Clive.
278-8148.
Jethroni Pepperoni: An Old World, Italian
family dining restaurant with New World
fun and flair! Featuring Dominic Iannarelli,
the Iowa Restaurant Association’s “2014
Chef of the Year.” Dom is known for his
“made from scratch” cooking, using
only the freshest and finest ingredients
available. We promise you the most
delicious and original Italian dishes
you have ever tasted. Our portions are
generous and prices are reasonable. 3221
Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 421-4400.
http://www.jethroni.com.
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.
Tumea & Sons: Don’t feel like cooking
dinner? Come to Tumea & Sons for a
tasty Italian meal. With a host to choose
from including traditional pasta dishes
and homemade Italian pastries – the
whole family will be satisfied. 1501 S.E.
First St., Des Moines. 282-7976. www.
tumeaandsons.net.

MEXICAN

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. 223-6319.
El Tapatio: One of the best-looking
Mexican restaurant in the metro. All
furniture is custom-made with La Tapatia’s
sombrero logo and pineapples, the
international symbol of the hospitality
industry. Both are hand-carved into wood
and leather booths and inlaid under
laminated tables. Slate walls, tile floors
and fabulous, large paintings of both
Guadalajara and Des Moines complete
this 210-seat restaurant’s ambiance.
The menu also catered to west side
preferences in Latino food. Chips came
with a mild red salsa and a bean dip.
Ground beef and chicken tacos are
featured on all combo dinners and in
specials. 3751 E.P. True Parkway, West
Des Moines. Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m. – 10
p.m. Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant:
Introducing the grand opening of La
Hacienda Mexican Restaurant! Join us for
an authentic Mexican meal and refreshing
margaritas! From burritos to tacos to fresh
salads, we have it all. We can’t wait to see
you! 6350 Douglas Ave., 256-8901.

PIZZA

Godfather’s Pizza: Godfather’s Pizza is
celebrating 40 years of making abundantly
topped pies for passionate pizza people.
We make pizza the way it was meant to
be — with an incredible crust, delicious
veggies, hearty meats and a ton of 100
percent real cheese. It’s absolutely
irresistible. There’s nobody’s pizza like
Godfather’s pizza. Visit today at one of
three convenient metro locations. 4119
University Ave., Des Moines. 277-6344.
200 S.E. Gateway Drive, Suite 111,
Grimes. 986-2228. 5919 Ashworth Road,
West Des Moines. 226-8880. www.
godfathers.com.

SEAFOOD

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 the
oyster bar for some of the freshest original
menu items or the famous clam chowder.
303 Locust St., Suite 100. 244-5686.
http://www.splash-seafood.com.
Waterfront Seafood Market: This family owned,
casual seafood restaurant, market,
sushi and oyster bar is undefeated as
the metro’s best seafood for the past 23
years. Most of the fish and seafood is
bought directly from the docks where the
fishermen bring in their catch. The fish
and seafood arrive via airfreight and are
hand-cut by a full-time fish cutter. For
hours, specials and more information, visit
http://www.waterfrontseafoodmarket.com. 2900
University Ave. Clocktower Square, West
Des Moines. 223-5106. 2414 S.E. Tones
Drive, Ankeny. 963-1940.

SHARED PLATES

RoCA: RoCA, short for “Restaurant on
Court Avenue,” is Des Moines’ premiere
restaurant located in the Historic Court
Avenue District of Downtown Des
Moines. The savory, locally sourced
menu items pair perfectly with the
exciting wines and hand crafted
cocktails. Join for drinks and a meal in
the main restaurant, in the lounge, or at
the bar. Have a party in the RoCA room
with seating for up to 36 people. Book
your reservation online or call during
business hours at 515-282-3663 for
availability. 208 Court Ave., Des Moines.
http://www.rocadsm.com.

STEAKHOUSE

Iowa Beef Steak House: Now serves
lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. –
2 p.m. This is new for Iowa Beef Steak
House, and they are sure you will love
lunch just as much as dinner, served
Monday through Sunday from 5-10 p.m.
Iowa Beef has recently been taken over
by new ownership and has added some
new menu items they are sure you will
love. They are now offering a freshly
ground burger with all the works, thinly
sliced Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich,
salad bar prepared in-house, and The
Pier’s famous clam chowder. They are
located in the same great location at 1201
E. Euclid Ave., Des Moines. 262-1138
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
the 1,600-degree Jethro’s ‘n Jake’s fire
machine. This seals in the juices and
flavors. All steaks are seasoned with
black pepper and salt and finished with
a touch of smoked garlic butter. 2601
Adventureland Drive, Altoona. 957-9727.
http://www.jethrosdesmoines.com. ♦

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