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Best kept-secrets

Popular in their neighborhoods but not necessarily destination restaurants for the general dining public — yet By Jim Duncan Most of us have a love/hate relationship with clichés. Too often they are trite or redundant, but sometimes it’s hard to find a better way to describe something. In the food world, we talk about “holes in the […]

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Mom’s new kitchens

Local ladies who star in the food business By Jim Duncan In most languages that apply gender to nouns, food is feminine. Italian is a rare exception. Americans who learn to cook usually learn from their mothers. My grandmother taught me to cook when she babysat me. Mom didn’t know until I surprised her by baking […]

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Perfect patios

Eating out, outside By Cady Colosimo & Jeff Pitts Summer breeze makes us feel fine. And why not, especially when the Des Moines metro offers so many options for patio dining? We highlight a few of the exceptional ones that you should consider when you prefer dinner and drinks under the sun or stars. GILROY’S KITCHEN + PUB […]

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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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