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    Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Me and the family are making the move to the Des Moines area and don't know a lot about what it has to offer. Have checked out obvious websites and reviews but thought I'd see what people here think. When it comes to restaurants in and around Des Moines, what would you say:

    Best Steakhouse?

    Best Seafood?

    Best Italian?

    Best Pizza?

    Best Asian/Sushi?

    Best Indian?

    Best Sandwich?

    Best Breakfast?

    Best place for kids?

    Best upscale place for an evening out without kids?

    Most interesting place/menu?


    Any opinions, whether on all of the above or just a few, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Fyi, the Des Moines Register compiled a survey of the best 100 restaurants in Des Moines and published it sometime earlier in the year. I believe you can still access this list on their web site. This paper routinely reviews restaurants in its Datebook section, which is published as part of the paper each Thursday. Pardon me if you already knew all this.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    Me and the family are making the move to the Des Moines area and don't know a lot about what it has to offer. Have checked out obvious websites and reviews but thought I'd see what people here think. When it comes to restaurants in and around Des Moines, what would you say:

    Best Steakhouse? Johnny's Italian Steakhouse is one of my faves for steaks. Also Iowa Beef Steakhouse

    Best Seafood? Waterfront

    Best Italian? Cafe Di Scala HANDS DOWN

    Best Pizza? Felix and Oscars

    Best Asian/Sushi? Taki

    Best Indian? India Star

    Best Sandwich? B&B Grocery

    Best Breakfast? The Waveland

    Best place for kids? All Play

    Best upscale place for an evening out without kids? Django

    Most interesting place/menu? Zingaro


    Any opinions, whether on all of the above or just a few, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    I would also add

    Best Thai - Thai Flavors
    Best Place to take out of towners - Fong's
    Family Dinner - Latin King
    If you HAVE to eat in West Des Moines - Gino's West
    Best Bar Food - AK's Beaverdale or Mullet's
    Best Patio - Saints Pub and Patio


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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Have to agree on Cafe Di Scala.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    Fyi, the Des Moines Register compiled a survey of the best 100 restaurants in Des Moines and published it sometime earlier in the year. I believe you can still access this list on their web site. This paper routinely reviews restaurants in its Datebook section, which is published as part of the paper each Thursday. Pardon me if you already knew all this.
    Nope, hadn't seen that. Will track it down. Thanks much.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Best place for kids is Americas Incredible Pizza Co. Now there pizza actually sucks. However the games and atmosphere are great.

    B and B is the best sandwhich hands down.

    Tumeas and berattas are the best Italian resturant


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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    Me and the family are making the move to the Des Moines area and don't know a lot about what it has to offer. Have checked out obvious websites and reviews but thought I'd see what people here think. When it comes to restaurants in and around Des Moines, what would you say:

    Best Steakhouse? Texas Roadhouse in Johnston is a great place to get a steak, other favorites are Chicago Speakeasy for Prime Rib, also Now or Later Rib eye is great and the have a smoked Prime Rib as a special on Thursday nights I think it's on University between the Fair Grounds and Pleasant Hill.

    Best Seafood?

    Best Italian? Latin King recommend the Chicken Spiedini

    Best Pizza? Bordanaros on SW 9th, Pagliai's in Johnston on M.H. also I heard the son of La Pizza House owner opened a place in Bondurant

    Best Asian/Sushi?

    Best Indian?

    Best Sandwich? Italian Sausage Norwood Tap E 29th & Broadway, Burger Victors on Douglas in Urbandale, and Palmer's Deli, Tenderloin Now or Later

    Best Breakfast? Dahls has always been my favorite at a reasonable price

    Best place for kids? In Play by the well but I think it has a new name

    Best upscale place for an evening out without kids? 801

    Most interesting place/menu? Fong's off court

    also Ribs Claxons in Altoona


    Any opinions, whether on all of the above or just a few, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gonzo View Post
    Me and the family are making the move to the Des Moines area and don't know a lot about what it has to offer. Have checked out obvious websites and reviews but thought I'd see what people here think. When it comes to restaurants in and around Des Moines, what would you say:

    Best Steakhouse? Iowa Beef

    Best Seafood? Not qualified to comment

    Best Italian? Latin King/Tumea and Son's/Barrata's

    Best Pizza? By the slice: Big Tomato; As an entree: Fong's. I'm a big fan of weird pizza though.

    Best Asian/Sushi? Asian: Thai Flavors/Cool Basil (same owners), A Dong; Sushi: Miaybi 9

    Best Indian? Tandoor

    Best Sandwich? B&B Grocery, Manhattan Deli

    Best Breakfast? Waveland, Jethro's

    Best place for kids? Don't have them

    Best upscale place for an evening out without kids? Centro/Django. I'll give Django the nod due to it's lack of a corking fee.

    Most interesting place/menu? Hessen Haus. I'm German, and love German food. You don't see it at many restaurants.


    Any opinions, whether on all of the above or just a few, would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
    I'll add a few categories.

    Best local fast food: Tasty Tacos

    Best BBQ: Woody's/Jethro's/Uncle Wendell's. There are a lot of other very good options, though.

    Best Bar Food: High Life/Mullet's/AK's

    Places to take out-of-towners: Hessen Haus and El Bait Shop. Lots of my friends from out of town want to go to High Life and Jethro's because of Man v. Food, too.

    Best Beer Selection: El Bait Shop


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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Well Cityview's "Best Of" awards will be out on the stands in February. You can check out last year's winners online. Otherwise, for those of you here spouting your favorites, vote now online for this year's winners.


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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    If you want a steak in Des Moines, don't go to Texas Roadhouse unless you want to sit in line for an hour before getting seated, listen to ear splitting country music, get poor service and pay $20 for an incredibly average steak.

    Oh, but I guess that cinnamon butter makes it worth it, or something like that.


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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    I'll add a few categories.

    Best local fast food: Tasty Tacos

    Best BBQ: Woody's/Jethro's/Uncle Wendell's. There are a lot of other very good options, though.

    Best Bar Food: High Life/Mullet's/AK's

    Places to take out-of-towners: Hessen Haus and El Bait Shop. Lots of my friends from out of town want to go to High Life and Jethro's because of Man v. Food, too.

    Best Beer Selection: El Bait Shop

    Then you can go next door to the High Life Lounge and get a fried SPAM sandwich. MMMMMmmmmmmm. Good!!!!!



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    If you want a steak in Des Moines, don't go to Texas Roadhouse unless you want to sit in line for an hour before getting seated, listen to ear splitting country music, get poor service and pay $20 for an incredibly average steak.

    Oh, but I guess that cinnamon butter makes it worth it, or something like that.
    Lonestar on 22nd St in WDM has just as good steak as Roadhouse, IMO. It is quieter as well.

    Or head west down on I-80, take the Booneville exit and go to Rube's where you can get a whole cow to throw on the grill. I love their sirloins, but I realize that grilling your own steak isn't for everyone -- especially when you are paying the prices Rube's charges.



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    Re: Best Des Moines Restaurants?

    Also, I can't believe nobody has mentioned When Pigs Fly for bar-b-que. It is owned and operated by a former ISU football player, Hezekhia Jackson.

    It is on 86th right near the Walgreens in that shopping center. I have eaten there several times and it is great.



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    Seafood: Long John Silvers in Ankeny



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