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    Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Attending a conference in Des Moines, and will be hosting clients (mostly women) for a dinner in downtown on a Friday.

    Looking for suggestions - very health conscious group. Must have wine list, vegetarian options, and carb conscious options. Near downtown (taxi) ideal. Budget is fairly open.

    Was looking at Django, but menu is a bit "heavy" for this group, but right now is where I am leaning. Asian fusion or "unique" places usually work well for this crowd. Doesn't have to be formal, creative wins over just expensive with them.

    Thanks for suggestions.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Akebono. It's on Tenth just across from Django. Great sashimi and some good non raw options. Wine list is ok for a sushi place.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    As far as Asian/sushi goes downtown, I'm a big fan of Wasabi Tao. If you have a big group it may not work well, as the space is somewhat cramped, but it is delicious sushi.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    Attending a conference in Des Moines, and will be hosting clients (mostly women) for a dinner in downtown on a Friday.

    Looking for suggestions - very health conscious group. Must have wine list, vegetarian options, and carb conscious options. Near downtown (taxi) ideal. Budget is fairly open.

    Was looking at Django, but menu is a bit "heavy" for this group, but right now is where I am leaning. Asian fusion or "unique" places usually work well for this crowd. Doesn't have to be formal, creative wins over just expensive with them.

    Thanks for suggestions.
    Too bad it is Winter time because the outfield at Principle Park sounds like a great choice, minus the wine list.


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by twistedredbird View Post
    Attending a conference in Des Moines, and will be hosting clients (mostly women) for a dinner in downtown on a Friday.

    Looking for suggestions - very health conscious group. Must have wine list, vegetarian options, and carb conscious options. Near downtown (taxi) ideal. Budget is fairly open.

    Was looking at Django, but menu is a bit "heavy" for this group, but right now is where I am leaning. Asian fusion or "unique" places usually work well for this crowd. Doesn't have to be formal, creative wins over just expensive with them.

    Thanks for suggestions.
    Well fortunately, IMO the best restaurants in the metro are downtown, so you shouldn't have too travel far.

    Best new restaurant for 2013 (and I believe should fit your requirements listed) Food Dude

    Others:

    HOQ
    A Dong in Downtown Des Moines
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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Almost forgot about Alba: Alba Restaurant | Historic East Village


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    I would vote for Alba, as well. I think it is the best food in Des Moines (the chef there recently won the Battle Chef competition amongst a number other top chefs in Des Moines). Also has a good wine list, unique atmosphere and location. I have hosted client dinners there and it was a hit.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    DINNER

    Sounds okay except some gals like their pasta.


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    The only nice restaurant ive been to in des moines is the 801 chophouse. Doesn't sound like that is what you are looking for, but holy crap that prime rib was superb.


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Applebees tracks weight watchers points...or Alba is good too


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Centro is the best I've found for hosting work dinners.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    I'll second Centro.


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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    *snicker*



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    Walgreens downtown carries Mad Dog and salad in a bag.



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    Re: Suggestions Needed for Business Dinner In Des Moines

    I've attended and hosted dinners at Raccoon River Brewing Company. The menu is pretty diverse.



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