So, I've lived in Des Moines for a Week...

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  1. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    Chef's Kitchen closed up.
     
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  2. ScottyP

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    My wife and I have our 5 year anniversary coming up next weekend. Any recommendations for dinner in the Des Moines metro? Our family is on a tighter budget so I don't want to go anywhere too expensive but don't want a chain restaurant either. Any recommendations?
     
  3. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

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    Shut up. Iowa is the nation's best kept secret and if you spew stuff like this, people are going to flock here and ruin it for us all! :jimlad:
     
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  4. BillBrasky4Cy

    BillBrasky4Cy Well-Known Member

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    I hear Muscatine is nice.
     
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  5. nfrine

    nfrine Well-Known Member

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    But how do they compare to 5 Guys? :p
     
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  6. CYCLNST8

    CYCLNST8 Well-Known Member

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    Tasty Tacos ain't got **** on the 'Tico.
     
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  7. BillBrasky4Cy

    BillBrasky4Cy Well-Known Member

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    Chicago Speak Easy
    Tumea and Sons
    Iowa Tap Room
    Latin King
     
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  8. BillBrasky4Cy

    BillBrasky4Cy Well-Known Member

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    I love me some Taco Tico but nobody touches the original flour taco.

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  9. oldman

    oldman Well-Known Member

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    If you like Asian cuisine -- Fawn's, Thai Flavors, Cool Basil are all good IMO.

    For Mexican I strongly recommend El Barco (The Boat). You can get out of there for around $30-35 even with a drink or two.
     
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  10. CYCLNST8

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  11. chadly82

    chadly82 Well-Known Member

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    oh no.....I loved that place :(
     
  12. chadly82

    chadly82 Well-Known Member

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    Simons 100%....not super spendy and the food is amazing.
     
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  13. jbindm

    jbindm Well-Known Member

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    Depends on what you like. For sushi I'd recommend Miyabi 9 in the East Village or Akebono. Christopher's in Beaverdale for supper club style. Django downtown for casual French. Malo downtown for Latin cuisine. Flying Mango for barbecue/cajun.
     
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  14. ScottyP

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    The menu at Cool Basil is about 20 pages long. So many options to choose from there.
     
  15. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    And Simon is an awesome dude. Only problem with his place is it's a little small other than that, he nails it.
     
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  16. ScottyP

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    This is my wife's favorite place to go. Really small place but great food and great service.
     
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  17. JHUNSY

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    At least it's not like almost every Mexican restaurant: 8 pages of the same food just called something different, ending with a page of kids meals (hot dogs and macaroni and cheese) and margarita flavors.

    Really though, Cool Basil is legit.
     
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  18. JP4CY

    JP4CY Well-Known Member
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    That's always been a tough area too, and it's nice that Cool Basil is doing well.
     
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  19. jcyclonee

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    What's scary is that's twice as much as Minneapolis.
     
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  20. jcyclonee

    jcyclonee Well-Known Member

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    A+. You know your Fort Dodge industries.

    There's a Chef's Kitchen if Fort Dodge.
     
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