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    Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    I have a friend visiting from out-of-state tonight for the first time. We are going out to dinner, and then to lunch again tomorrow, so I was trying to think of all of the unique Ames places to take her.

    I was thinking The Spice tonight for something a little nicer, and then Hickory Park or Dublin Bay for lunch tomorrow. (We discussed The Cafe, but she's doing a low-carb thing.)

    If you had a friend visiting from out of town, and you could take them to breakfast, lunch, and dinner anywhere in Ames, where would it be?


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Dinner: Spice sounds good. The low carb deal kinda kills Great Plains. Lunch: Downtown Deli, it just has such a unique charm to it.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    Dinner: Spice sounds good. The low carb deal kinda kills Great Plains. Lunch: Downtown Deli, it just has such a unique charm to it.
    Yeah, I thought GP, too, and then axed it due to the low carb thing. I didn't even think of Downtown Deli - are they open on Saturdays? I just recently had their salad for the first time, with pickles in it?? CHANGED MY LIFE.


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    Downtown Deli - are they open on Saturdays?
    Definitely are open. Get a seat at the counter by the window and do some people watching.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by JP4CY View Post
    Definitely are open. Get a seat at the counter by the window and do some people watching.
    That is genius. GREAT idea - I didn't even know they were open on weekends. Shoot, I didn't even know until this week that they were open at night, for some reason I thought they only did lunch.


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    How does Downtown Deli compare to West Street Deli?



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by is09span View Post
    How does Downtown Deli compare to West Street Deli?
    Terrible, dark secret - I've never been to WSD!


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    WSD for lunch. Es Tas for dinner. Tacos and a great beer selection = hell yes.

    Maybe WAS for pizza and wings. God, I love Pit wings.


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    WSD for lunch. Es Tas for dinner. Tacos and a great beer selection = hell yes.

    Maybe WAS for pizza and wings. God, I love Pit wings.
    The beer selection had me pondering Olde Main for dinner, too - but the food can be hit or miss for the price. (Not that it's all that expensive, but just comparatively expensive enough that I want my food to be consistently good).


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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    West Street Deli would be my pick for a lunch. I like Downtown Deli too but WSD better.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by is09span View Post
    How does Downtown Deli compare to West Street Deli?
    I really like both of them. Downtown Deli is a little bit more of a traditional deli. Hard to describe the differences. If you haven't been to both/either, I recommend checking them out.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Why would a low carb diet rule out The Cafe, but not the others you have listed. The Cafe has a lot of variety on the menu.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Aunt Maude's for dinner, The Spice would be my second choice, then Dublin Bay. Breakfast at the Grove, the cafe, or stomping grounds. Lunch at Hickory Park because it is by far our most famous restaurant. Though I am addicted to the downtown deli.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    The beer selection had me pondering Olde Main for dinner, too - but the food can be hit or miss for the price. (Not that it's all that expensive, but just comparatively expensive enough that I want my food to be consistently good).
    Skip their food and go to Olde Main (or DGs) for beer later. Win-win.



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    Re: Friday OT #2 - Where in Ames would you take a visiting friend?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    Why would a low carb diet rule out The Cafe, but not the others you have listed. The Cafe has a lot of variety on the menu.
    Normally, I don't think it would rule out The Cafe, but the current menu (since it rotates so much) seemed mostly to involve bread or noodles. Not at all discounting it, as we love it, the current menu was just what made the decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by IASTATE4LIFE View Post
    Aunt Maude's for dinner, The Spice would be my second choice, then Dublin Bay. Breakfast at the Grove, the cafe, or stomping grounds. Lunch at Hickory Park because it is by far our most famous restaurant. Though I am addicted to the downtown deli.
    Ooh, Stomping Grounds breakfast. And I LOVE The Cafe's breakfasts. I haven't been to The Grove in forever! I love Olde Main's omelet bar because they have feta as an option.


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