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    Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Has anyone check this place out yet?

    This is the latest creation from the Royal Mile, El Bait Shop, Hessan Haus, High Life Lounge guys. I'm dying to see what they've come up with now.

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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Is it even open yet?

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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    nrver heard of it


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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Full Court Press always delivers the goods.



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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Opens Next monday:

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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    26th is the grand opening, but I think it is open now. (or at least it looked like it when I drove by yesterday).



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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Stopped in the other night after work. These guys flippin' know what they are doing!

    Downtown has made an amazing transformation from when I first moved to DSM after graduating from ISU. These guys deserve a lot of credit for downtown's "hipness". (if that is a word). :)

    IMO this place will end up being more about the drinks than the food.


    First Look: Fong's mixes it up on Fourth Street

    By Joe Lawler

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    January 26, 2009

    When King Ying Low closed its door last summer after a century of business, a downtown dining institution was lost.

    Thankfully, Full Court Press (owners of The Royal Mile, High Life Lounge and El Bait Shop) and partner Gwen Schlepphorst have brought Chinese food back to Fourth Street in pizza form with Fong's Pizza, 223 Fourth St.

    Schlepphorst, who managed El Bait Shop, has dreamed of owning a pizza place since college. Full Court Press partner Jeff Bruning had a desire to open a tiki-themed bar. The two decided to merge their ideas last year while paying tribute to King Ying Low. The result is Chinese and Polynesia-style pizzas and crazy tiki drinks.

    The food: The appetizer menu includes cheese sticks and pizza rolls in egg roll rappers along with more traditional items like handmade egg rolls and crab rangoon. The crab rangoon was a delight, served warm, a little crispy, a little mushy with a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping.

    Fong's sells pizza by the slice all day long, with four different pies available daily. I tried the Polynesian, Canadian bacon, bacon, pineapple, asiago and blended cheeses. It was sweet with just a bit of spiciness and very hot.

    In addition to pizza by the slice, you can get a whole pie. Thai chicken, vegetarian, "meatatarian" and taco are joined by Happy Family (szechuan sauce, crab, shrimp, chicken, onion, celery and carrots) and the Bacon Popper (cream cheese, bacon, Graziano sausage, onions, green peppers, roasted red peppers and more). Ten-inch pizzas are $10.95, 16-inch pizzas are $16.95. You can also get custom-made pizzas starting at $7.95 for 10 inch and $10.95 for 16 inch, with each toping $1-$1.50 depending on size.

    Schlepphorst says Fong's will add delivery service soon.

    The drinks: Many of the drinks are available in crazy tiki glasses, ranging in size from huge to the 96-ounce Funky Monkey, which runs $19.95 and must be shared by at least three people. Much like the boots at Hessen Haus, the elaborate glasses require a deposit ranging from $15-$30. (You can get them in regular glasses, but that's not nearly as cool).

    If you order the Super Terrific Kamikaze shot you get the option of wearing a Japanese fighter helmet. After a few shots, the helmet should probably be required.

    Why you should go: Fong's serves its full menu until 2 a.m. Sunday-Wednesday and 3 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, so if you want a quick slice after the bar closes they'll have you covered.

    Unique flavors and reasonably-priced slices make Fong's a welcome addition to the drinking and dining lineup in the Court Avenue District


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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    I ate there last night. The Pizza isn't going to win any awards but it's decent and perfect for a place to go after a night of drinking.



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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I ate there last night. The Pizza isn't going to win any awards but it's decent and perfect for a place to go after a night of drinking.

    That seems to be the theme for these owners. There's a lot put into atmosphere and looks, but not as good of substance....


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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    Quote Originally Posted by mplscyclone View Post
    That seems to be the theme for these owners. There's a lot put into atmosphere and looks, but not as good of substance....
    Buzzard Billy's was the only place they had with truly good food...



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    Re: Des Moines: Fong Pizza

    I will be wearing that helmet sometime in the very near future.


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