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    Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    I am new to the Des Moines area and love trying new places. Taco Tuesday is hard to beat at the Yankee Clipper!!

    What are some of your favorite places to eat in the Des Moines Area?



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    You need to experience Zombie Burger downtown if you haven't.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Cosi Cucina - Italian, good date spot
    Orlando's - solid pizza and good pasta dishes. Great place to stop while on a bike ride



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    Flying Mango is very good. Bring your wallet, though.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Get the wings at Chicken Coop in Valley Junction.



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    We love the China Dragon in Norwalk. A wee bit pricey, but still good Chinese. My wife swears by their egg drop soup.


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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by DSMCy View Post
    Get the wings at Chicken Coop in Valley Junction.
    Good call.

    Get the wings at Jethros. Order BBQ rub only, add sauce at the table.



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    Wings at Jethros in Waukee.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Two Thai places we like:

    King & I - 22nd in WDM
    Zuzap - University Ave in Clive



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by ojoe2317 View Post
    Flying Mango is very good. Bring your wallet, though.
    This may be my favorite in DM. Never had anything bad there.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrcleatus View Post
    Good call.

    Get the wings at Jethros. Order BBQ rub only, add sauce at the table.
    Second that on Jethros wings. Half price wings on Tuesdays, half price boneless wings on Thursdays. I like their ribs as well, but for brisket I prefer Smokey D's.

    Our favorite for special occasions is Baru66. Fantastic food and service, but expensive.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    HIDDEN GEMS, fun topic. Here are a few of mine

    Fat Tuesdays - Southern, creole food on SW 9th just north of Army Post. Seriously, the best collard greens I have had in my life

    Henry J's Tacos - Also on SW 9th, not far from Lincoln HS. Great Tacos, sides leave a bit to be desired

    Angelo's Pizza - Now in the cursed building on 8th St in WDM, jusst south of 235, great pizza

    Cooper's on 5th - tiny little bar/resturant in Valley Junction but tremendous food

    Tacopocalypse - Now with their stand alone shop in the East Village. Go for a brunch, you will love it

    Francie's - Off of Fluer, north of the airport. Not sure this counts as a hidden gem because it is pretty well known, but it's tucked off the road and tough to see. Great atmosphere for a few drinks and even better bar food.

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    Cosi Cucina - Italian, good date spot
    Orlando's - solid pizza and good pasta dishes. Great place to stop while on a bike ride
    Agree on Orlandos, great pizza, in house made sausage and the best little salads in town

    I have a hard time calling any Jethro's location "hidden" anymore



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    University Library near Drake and Waveland Cafe for breakfast at Polk Blvd & University


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    Forget the previously mentioned places for wings. All you need to know for wings is Gerri's Tavern by the fairgrounds. Very much a hole in the wall, but the wings are phenomenal.



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    Re: Best Hidden Gems In Des Moines Area

    Not a "place" to eat but Thelma's Ice Cream Sandwiches that you can get at the Farmer's Market or at Hy-Vees and Gateway Market are really good. They even have a "spicy" Ice Cream sandwich. The owner is also an ISU alum.

    Gateway Market is a hidden gem in itself I guess as well.


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