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    Restraunts In Ankeny

    I'm going into Ankeny tomorrow to have lunch with my mother. What are some of the better restraunts? Preferably not chains. Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Bears is a good non-chain place. But I don't know if it's open for lunch or not.


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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Ankeny is the land of the chains. Well, not as much as WDM, but still. If you like barbecue, there's a place called Bandana's on 1st. I really don't know if that's a chain or not. I've never heard of it before they came here. I've gotten used to the chains. I've been to Bear's once, and wasn't that impressed. I prefer Old Chicago or Okoboji Grill when I go out in this town. I also really like Cazador's, but that's also at least a local chain. Chip's is the only other non-chain I can think of, but I've never really liked their food. :-/



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Having lurked here for years, I finally felt compelled to register to help you...other posters seem to be befuddled by your question.

    Chinese: Jade Garden
    Mexican: El Azteca
    Pasta & Pizza...great weekday lunch buffet....Yanni's
    Deli: Palmer's Deli or CJ's Bagels and Salads
    Sports Bar (burgers, soup, sandwiches, etc.): Benchwarmers
    "Ladies who Lunch" type of place w/soups sandwiches, etc.: Noodle Zoo
    General: Bear's or Chips...wide variety of things here
    BBQ: Papa Chubby's (Bandana's is OK...but it is a chain)

    Have a nice lunch!



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Go to Bears or Chips



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Wait awhile, there will be an Olive Garden there soon enough.



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Right next to Bear's is the Yankee Clipper! I think the special today is the hot beef. Tuesday's special is their awesome taco.


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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Waterfront has great seafood and their lunch menus are a lot less spendy than the evening fare.




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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Leaning Tower of Pizza is good. I like Chips, Bears, and lucky bamboo!


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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by sweetiecy View Post
    Having lurked here for years, I finally felt compelled to register to help you...other posters seem to be befuddled by your question.

    Chinese: Jade Garden
    Mexican: El Azteca
    Pasta & Pizza...great weekday lunch buffet....Yanni's
    Deli: Palmer's Deli or CJ's Bagels and Salads
    Sports Bar (burgers, soup, sandwiches, etc.): Benchwarmers
    "Ladies who Lunch" type of place w/soups sandwiches, etc.: Noodle Zoo
    General: Bear's or Chips...wide variety of things here
    BBQ: Papa Chubby's (Bandana's is OK...but it is a chain)

    Have a nice lunch!
    Papa Chubby's is good


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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Bandana's is a chain (based out of St. Louis), so is Okoboji, as well as Noodle Zoo.

    IMO, a restaurant is a restaurant, regardless if it's a chain or a mom and pop flavoered.



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    I was in Ankeny for work yesterday and drove by Palmer's Deli and wished I hadn't eaten lunch already so I'd say that.



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonesurveyor View Post
    Right next to Bear's is the Yankee Clipper! I think the special today is the hot beef. Tuesday's special is their awesome taco.
    cyclonesurveyor - are you a member of the Hamm's Club? I just attended the fall show in St Paul last weekend.



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    Re: Restraunts In Ankeny

    I've been working at various clients in Ankeny for the last month and Bandana's is by for my favorite. I like Jade Garden to but their service is so slowwwwwwwwwww. I also like Yanni's.



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