Restraunts In Ankeny

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  1. Aaron Jacobs

    Aaron Jacobs Member

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    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!
     
  2. ketchupnmustard

    ketchupnmustard Well-Known Member

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

    San Francisco Cy Well-Known Member

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    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. :-/
     
  4. sweetiecy

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    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!
     
  5. JLou13

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    Go to Bears or Chips
     
  6. redrocker

    redrocker Well-Known Member

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    Wait awhile, there will be an Olive Garden there soon enough.
     
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    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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    Waterfront has great seafood and their lunch menus are a lot less spendy than the evening fare.
     
  9. mj4cy

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

    kkise Well-Known Member

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    Papa Chubby's is good
     
  11. garn91

    garn91 Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  12. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  13. RoseClone

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    cyclonesurveyor - are you a member of the Hamm's Club? I just attended the fall show in St Paul last weekend.
     
  14. isufbcurt

    isufbcurt Well-Known Member

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    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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