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NE IA recent recommendations Marquette - McGregor - Guttenburg

About ten miles more than your limit, Toppling Goliath brewery in Decorah. Brewing some of the best craft beers in the country. If you like beer, it would be a mistake not to visit beer paradise.

Oct 23, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Not many gripes about Costco . Is it worth it for one ?

If you take Glucosamin with Chondroitin, Consumer Reports test showed Kirkland Sig brand as the highest quality. They say the savings on that product alone pays for a membership. My membership is paid for by the dog food. I also buy the Prime beef. I would belong for that alone. The gas at the Des Moines Ia area Costco is .03 to .05 cents a gallon cheaper. Not enough to make the drive for. I'm curious as to how much cheaper it is elsewhere. There are enough things I buy that I can't get elsewhere, that in my case it is worth it for one.

Oct 13, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains

Costco Strategy For Ist Experience

As was already mentioned in this thread, but is always good for new customers to know, prices ending in .97 are closeout prices. The item has not been reordered,has been reduced, and can continue to drop in price depending on how fast it goes. Price tags with an asterisk in the upper right hand corner are not being reordered, so if it something you like, buy a lot of it (hello tasso double stuffed olives). Prices ending in .00 are usually displays, one left items and are deeply discounted. Those items can also be negotiated with the manager.

Sep 25, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains
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Anything worth trying from Walmart in store Deli and/or bakery?

Ok, I'll admit to occasionally grabing one of the Italian Sub sandwiches. They have a Subway located in the Walmart I go to, and the store made subs are much better. Not a ringing endorsement on its own, but they really are pretty good compared to the sub chains. Huge, respectable amount of meat. Throw away the wilted lettuce and crappy tomatoes, and it's worth the money. Back when I cared about my diet i used to buy the sliced cajun fried turkey from the deli counter. It was pretty damn tasty.

Sep 25, 2014
Bobfrmia in Chains

How do you Spam?

Regular, sliced 1/4 inch, just fried in the cast iron until golden brown. White bread, thin slice of cheddar, light smear of mayo.

Aug 26, 2014
Bobfrmia in Los Angeles Area

LA Hound visiting KC for football and bbq

Just a warning on LC's Burnt ends. If you get them at their best, and on rare occasions they do miss, they will be the standard that you measure all future BBQ against. All will fail. At their best, they are that good. I would also order the sauce on the side.

Aug 21, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains
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Pink Slime is back

It never went away. A lot of places quit selling it due to the bad publicity, but not every place.

Aug 13, 2014
Bobfrmia in Food Media & News

Tipping during happy hour

The point of my question,to some extent, was to make people think about it. I always tip on the non HH price. I'm mostly talking about food and drink places.
We have a place here in the great city of Des Moines that does half price pizza, beer and wine during HH. I had a gourmet pizza, and 2 pints of Stone IPA. The check was $13,00 and change. I would have never thought to tip based on that amount. But I guess some people do.

Jul 09, 2014
Bobfrmia in Not About Food

Tipping during happy hour

When you go to a place during happy hour, do you tip on the check amount,or what it would have been without happy hour prices? The wait staff doesn't work half as hard if prices are 50% off. They likely work harder. I've asked a few people, and the opinions vary. A lot of people say they tip on the check, but had never really thought about it.
What do you do?

Jul 08, 2014
Bobfrmia in Not About Food

What to eat at the Des Moines Saturday farmers market

Oh, and there was a popular place at the farmers market, that has since opened a place across the river.
It is here
https://www.facebook.com/Tacopocalyps....

Jun 20, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains
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What to eat at the Des Moines Saturday farmers market

Can't speak much to the farmers market. I know there is a place that does breakfast burritos that people rave about, but of the 30,000 people or so at the market, about ten percent will be in that line. Wil you have a car? If so, you have to go to Nicks on Army Post Rd for a tenderloin.
Nicks is about a 5-10 minute drive from Downtown.

Jun 20, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

I just saw Keystone brand Homestyle Corned Beef Hash at Walmart. All I can find about it is that it is from a family owned company that's been around for 40 years or so. Comes in a big can. Anyone ever tried it?

Jun 20, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Best of Central Iowa

This isn't exactly keeping on topic, but since there seems to be some people around Des Moines here, I thought I'd share.
Graziano's Market sells the best damn frozen pizza crust I've ever had. If you like ultra thin crust, try them. Less than a buck each. The lady at the cash register told me when they started selling them, they didn't move very fast. But as more people tried them sales took off. She said they sell more than 250 a week now. Quick,easy, and while you are there you can pick up Des Moines best Italian Sausage to top them with.

May 17, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

It has been years since I've had it. I would never had thought to order it. It was a company Christmas party buffet style. Big pan of fried chicken. I killed it.
When I reviewed Stroud's in Kansas City, I said it was the second best fried chicken I'd had. Behind Latin king.

May 17, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Best Deli Sandwich- Mama Mia, Manhattan Deli on Ingersoll
Best Breaded Pork Tenderloin- Nicks, on Army Post.
Best Place For Beer (yes,beer is food) El Bait Shop, downtown Des Moines.
Best Fried Chicken- Latin King
Best I Need A Burger From A Drive Thru, B-Bops.
Best Authentic Taco- La Pena, Indianola Rd.

This post is Des Moines specific, geared toward people coming here not familiar with the area. It is also, of course, IMO. Feel free to debate. I might find something I didn't know about.

May 15, 2014
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

What to do with Canned Black Olives?

The nerve of her suggesting donating food to a food bank.

Corned Beef hash...from a can. Preferred brands?

Back in the late 70's early 80's, Des Moines got it's first warehouse store. I believe it was called Pace. They sold Stagg corned beef hash with green chilis. My God it wass good. When Sam's club came to town they bought and closed Pace. Hormel bought Stagg. It went away, and I've never found anything that compares. I know that doesn't help the OP, the thread just got me reminicsing.

Apr 08, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Does the pork tenderloin sandwich really look like this?

If you would like to view a large selection of these, here is the most complete blog on Iowa tenderloins you will ever find.
http://des-loines.blogspot.com/

Does the pork tenderloin sandwich really look like this?

Interesting. I've lived in Iowa my entire life, and have never heard a tenderloin refered to as a pork burger. Not saying it's not true, just find it interesting.

Feb 05, 2014
Bobfrmia in General Topics

Desserts in Des Moines IA?

I'm not a dessert person, but since there is no Des Moines participation anymore, I'll give you this.
http://www.lamiebakery.com/bakery
I can only tell you they are highly regarded, and very accomadating. Give them a call.

Dec 18, 2013
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Costco Hot Dog Combo switching to Pepsi

Ok, let's make it a poll.
Drink is secondary. I'll take the pepsi at 1.50.

Nov 20, 2013
Bobfrmia in Chains
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What OTHER things should I smoke in addition to the 'main event'?

What's in a chicken nugget?

I had a freind tell me that Mcnuggets were made from chicken buttholes. He arrived at this because he had eatin every part of a chicken but the butthole,and they didn't taste like any part he'd eatin before.
I'm on board with this.

Oct 24, 2013
Bobfrmia in Chains

Anyone shopped Big Lots for grocery items?

Went there all the time for Rudy's hot and spicy pork rinds. .75 a bag. Got to the point where I just had to quit. I'd kill a bag a night. It was like heroin withdrawal(from what I've read ;-)).
Can't go in anymore. Have to resist my dealer.
Rehab is a bitch.

Oct 04, 2013
Bobfrmia in Chains
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Cuban in Des Moines?

Anyplace in Des Moines or Central Iowa serving Cuban food?

Sep 09, 2013
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Kansas City BBQ & Other Restaurant Recommendations

Used to hit KC a couple times a year. My first stop after leaving my driveway in Des Moines was LC's. Burnt ends. Best bbq I've ever had. Not a fan of sauce, so I order it on the side. I recommend doing that.
Should note it has been a few years since I've been.

Jul 25, 2013
Bobfrmia in Great Plains

Unofficial Chowhounder survey: Who are you?

Either.

May 12, 2013
Bobfrmia in Site Talk

Unofficial Chowhounder survey: Who are you?

"Des Moines (don't ask why)".
Why?

May 11, 2013
Bobfrmia in Site Talk

Famous Dave's Burnt Ends

What's up, CHM?
I don't play here as much as I used to. Not much traffic anymore.
Burnt Ends are in about a half dozen places in Des Moines now. Nothing close to LC's at their best.
Never eaten at Famous Dave's. I was wondering if this would make it worth trying. You are likely right. I'll pass and drive South sometime this Summer.

May 06, 2013
Bobfrmia in Chains

The new chain in town. Cheddar's. Info please.

Had one in Des Moines for years. Went out of business a few years back. I remember really liking the Cajun Chicken strips. Ordered with extra cajun seasoning. Off the appetizer menu you got a lot pretty cheap.
Keep in mind the last time I was there was at least 15 years ago.

May 06, 2013
Bobfrmia in Chains