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. www.b-bops.com.
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 videogames. 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. 8350 Hickman Road, Clive. 278-6718. www.greatestbar.com
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. www.gcfb.net
Living History Farms: Living History Farms’ historic dinners are truly unique. Reserve dinner at the 1900 Farm with a horse-drawn wagon ride, the 1875 Tangen Home with parlor games or a formal nine-course dinner at the Flynn Mansion. Each offers a two- to three-hour dining experience with delicious homemade meals. Visit www.lhf.org/historicdinners for details. 11121 Hickman Road, Urbandale. 278-5286
Trostel’s Greenbriar: Trostel’s Greenbriar is offering a new menu featuring five seasonal specialties, cracker-crust pizzas and, of course, your favorite entrees. Not just for special occasions but for every occasion when you want… simply the best! Reservations accepted. 5810 Merle Hay Road, Johnston. 253-0124. greenbriartrostels.com.
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 Cityview’s 2011 “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. 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.
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. 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. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Crouse Cafe: Crouse Café is located off Indianola’s Town Square — just a short drive from Des Moines’ south side. The third-generation, family-run eatery is proud to offer the best in homemade. Whether stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Crouse Café is serving up all your favorites, including biscuits and gravy, hot beef sandwiches and pork tenderloins. Or stop by for just a piece of homemade pie — you won’t be disappointed. 115 E. Salem Ave., Indianola. 961-3362.
Bolton & Hay: Established in 1920, Bolton & Hay Inc. is a locally owned and family-operated foodservice equipment business based in Des Moines. Bolton & Hay’s mission is to provide quality foodservice equipment and supply products at discounted factory-direct prices to our valued customers. Bolton & Hay is your leading source of commercial kitchen equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry. 2701 Delaware Ave. 265-2554. www.boltonhay.com
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. www.biaggis.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.
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.
Tasty Tacos: A family-owned, Des Moines-based Mexican restaurant serving family recipes for 50 years! Most everything is made daily. Six convenient locations throughout the Des Moines metro. 1418 E. Grand Ave., 2900 Euclid Ave., 5847 S.E. 14th St., in Des Moines, 8549 Hickman Road, Urbandale, 2401 S.E. Delaware Ave., in Ankeny, and 6326 Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines. Go to http://www.tastytacos.com for more information or join them on Facebook.
Gusto Pizza Co: Perennially voted Des Moines’ Best Pizza, features contemporary and classic pizzas, sandwiches, salads and desserts with a unique wine and craft beer list. Also voted Des Moines’ Best Gluten Free Menu! 1905 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines, 8950 University Ave. in West Des Moines, and NEWLY opened 8705 Chambery Blvd. in Johnston. www.gustopizzaco.com.
Orlondo’s: At Orlondo’s, everything is made from scratch, often utilizing fresh veggies from an onsite garden. Daily lunch and dinner specials are available along with pizza by the slice. Tuesdays are $11 large, one-topping pizza. Also, try one of the delicious appetizer items. 4337 Park Ave., 244-3637.
Pizza Ranch: Pizza Ranch started more than 30 years ago and has grown into a chain of more than 190 restaurants. The Buffet Your Way made them famous. If your favorite pizza isn’t on the buffet, ask and they’ll make it! They’re also ready to deliver fresh pizzas and chicken to your door. 4954 86th St., Urbandale, 331-4610. 465 Center Place, Altoona, 967-8800. 448 S.E. University Ave., Waukee, 978-6603.
RedRossa: RedRossa began with a passion for fresh, flavorful and authentic Italian/American dining. RedRossa’s signature recipes highlight the finest ingredients, prepared in the tradition of old-world Italy, in a comfortable and festive atmosphere. 12695 University Ave., Clive. 221-2529. www.redrossa.com.
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. 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. Visit the West Des Moines location at 2900 University Ave. in Clocktower Square. 223-5106 or the Ankeny location at 2414 S.E. Tones Drive, 963-1940. For hours, specials and more information, visit www.waterfrontseafoodmarket.com.
Trostel’s Dish: You’ll love the unique dining experience at this restaurant which offers small dishes with fresh flavor from around the world and seasonal selections every three months. Enjoy wine flights and cheese flights. Private dining area for business meetings or intimate gatherings. Bar opens at 4 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. 12851 University Ave., Suite 400, Clive. 221-DISH. www.dishtrostels.com.
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. www.jethrosdesmoines.com.
Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse: Features steaks, chops, seafood and Italian specialties. Enjoy the vintage cool atmosphere with the sounds of Frank, Dean and Sammy Davis, Jr. as well as contemporary crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Enjoy classic martinis, specialty cocktails or an extensive wine list at the Blue Bar. Private dining, banquet and meeting space make it perfect for any occasion. 6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, 287-0848; Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines 333-5665 and Bass Pro Drive, Altoona 957-9600. RELISH.