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something fun in Des Moines??

I would not describe any of these places as "fun". For "fun" try the taco trucks on the East Side.

Mar 19, 2015
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Bwahaha, they serve Chicharron Preparado at Mexico Lindo on the south side, I don't know which one is best.

Aug 08, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

The chain restaurant from Omaha, Pepperjax Grill makes a real decent one.

Aug 08, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

I have a serious stylistic disagreement with the use of superlatives. I never use them, and I disregard nearly every person who uses them. Its a low information way to communicate. Unless someone has literally eaten everything in an entire geographic area the claim is hollow or inaccurate or worse.

I think I attached a photo of a dish named Chicharrones Preperados from Anotjitos Mexicanos truck on MLK in front of Gomez Tire. If this is available anywhere else, I would be interested.

May 18, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

La Pena changed management in March, they added molletes and mexican hot dogs, and might have a hot dog stand somewhere soon. La Rose just reopened for the second or third time, they may be switching to only being open in the summer or something.

My pics of La Pena are here, if chow still lets people share links

My pics of mexican and latin food in Central Iowa are here:

May 16, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

Gateway Market Cafe is a jack of all trades, master of none. Better fries can be found at Library Cafe or Cactus Bobs BBQ Corral, And I haven't even been to Django to try their poutine.

May 15, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Best of Central Iowa

I hope you mean Kurry Xpress in Clive with their weirdly awful service and presentation but interesting menu.

May 11, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Hamburger & fries in Cedar Rapids?

Are you up for a drive to Newton's in Waterloo or Shorts Burgers and Shine in Iowa City? Breitbach's in Balltown won a James Beard Award for being an "American Classic" over ten years ago.

Jan 27, 2014
trza in Great Plains

Cuban in Des Moines?

When that Nuevo Latino place opens up in the Des Moines Social Club Firehouse building, they plan on having a cuban fritas burger. They may have the Cuban Sandwich too.

Oct 31, 2013
trza in Great Plains

[Des Moines, IA] Cafe Di Scala

Thanks for the detailed report. The small setting and limited number or reservations means not that many people get inside there. The same people opened a pizza place (Tony's), closed that pizza place, opened another one (Gusto), then opened a fast casual place (Host) that flopped then turned it into a Hot Dog place (Hotshots) that is doing pretty well. Gusto may expand in the suburbs soon.

Jun 14, 2013
trza in Great Plains

Pizza- Des Moines

You chose the right Felix & Oscar's location. The area has seen better days, now its just wedged between an abandoned movie and empty shopping center. Oddly enough, I hear F&O's has good chicken wings. I'd advise people to avoid their WDM location.

Oct 22, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Upscale Burger in Des Moines? (or anywhere)

Is there no love for the Tartine Burger, topped with La Quercia Prosciutto, Arugula, Truffle Mayo, and cheese?

The Rusty Duck in Dexter won an award from the Iowa Beef/Cattlemans organization a year ago. One of their burgers is steak trimming ground up and sells out soon after they open at five. Their other burgers are fresh ground as well.

Some local places have added bacon ground burgers or Juicy Lucy style burgers to their menus. But I am not exactly Mr Burger and these are not high on my list to check out.

Sep 17, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Cedar Rapids

Worth a visit is how I would rate Cedar Rapids.

The smaller towns in the corridor area and nearby places like Oxford, Ladora, Solon, Sutcliff, Marengo, Mt Vernon, or Amana will have about one restaurant per town that the locals insist is great.

Jun 28, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Cedar Rapids

I would recommend visiting plenty of places in the rebuilt Czech Village area. Westside Maid-Rite, Al's Blue Toad, Sykora Bakery, and Little Bohemia Bar & Grill. These are all neighborhood places that get people from around Cedar Rapids since the local population moved.

Part of Iowa City's bar/restaurant scene is aimed only at students, its tough for any restaurant without a bar to make it in the pedmall area. Coralville and North Liberty have more of the prosperous suburban type places.

Cedar Rapids just isn't as rich/snobby/sophisticated as Iowa City. The restaurants don't have the high prices or execution, especially at the higher end of the spectrum.

Jun 27, 2012
trza in Great Plains

[Iowa/Illinois] Mississippi River area

If you like small town pre-fab rail car diners then The Fort Sandwich Shop in Ft Madison, Iowa is good. Just outside your territory is Schera's in Elkader.

Apr 15, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Dinner in Des Moines

You have every bistro in town minus Baru 56 and their new casual place Tartine in Clive.

Mar 14, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Iowa - Regional Food ideas anyone???

The loosemeat/maid-rite/made-right sandwich is not complicated, and the only ingredients are ground beef and salt with a steamed bun.

A huge portion of Iowa soybeans are exported to China, up to a quarter of the whole deal someday according to forecasts. So its like Iowa is growing ingredients for Chinese food.

Mar 02, 2012
trza in Great Plains

North Carolina hounded headed to Iowa...

The Little Bohemia Bar & Grill in the Czech Village just recently got their kitchen back to a full menu of what they served before the flood. Worth checking out.

Feb 28, 2012
trza in Great Plains

North Carolina hounded headed to Iowa...

Newtons Paradise Cafe in downtown Waterloo, next to Cedar Falls.

Feb 27, 2012
trza in Great Plains

Crispy Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Don't sleep on the loin from Westside Maid-Rite close to downtown in Cedar Rapids

Jan 20, 2012
trza in Home Cooking

downtown des moines

The best Vietnamese places are just outside downtown, and the best Indian places are in the Suburbs.

Dec 02, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

Tartine is new, but its like a casual version of Baru.
Smokey D's north location is a model of BBQ and crowd control efficiency, they get nearly as many people as the Olive Garden in Ankeny.
Zombie Burger wins the "best online promotion" award for new restaurants in Des Moines this year. They ran out of food and had lines out the door when the place opened. All of this for burgers.
Americana downtown is new also.

Nov 11, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Specialty food shopping in Des Moines

The new cheese store on 42nd St will open soon, or its already open.

Nov 04, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Des Moines Update

What are you comparing the loin from Saints Pub & Patio to, if I may ask? I had always put off trying it because the place is owned by some people who mostly operate trendy bars, but they do have good wings that are 50cents on weekends. Tully's across the street advertised a half pound loin, but like most of the stuff on the menu, it was poorly executed.

For fried chicken, try the Q in West Des Moines.

May 03, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Des Moines questions

The Little Nipper changed management and remodeled the interior recently, I haven't been there since.

La Mie is exactly what everyone says it is.

Apr 18, 2011
trza in Great Plains

10 Days in Omaha With Car (where to eat?)

Western Iowa has some decent hometown scratch cafes spread out over an enormous geographical area. Check your map to see if you are anywhere near:

Susie's Kitchen in Stanton (SHORT HOURS)
Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic
Cronk's Cafe in Denison

Farmer's Kitchen
319 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022

Susie's Kitchen
404 Broad Ave, Stanton, IA 51573

Apr 14, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Driving i-35 between KC and Des Moines

Secret Spots from Trza:

Sale Barn Cafe: in Lamoni Short hour cafe closes at 2pm, homemade everything from pies to casserole to baked bread and full breakfast. Outside smells like cows. Call ahead.
900 E Main St, Lamoni, IA

The Dinky Diner in Decatur City serves a good breakfast in an original double-wide prefab diner manufactured in the fifties.

The Roadside Inn in Martensdale advertises a "famous giant loin" on the menu, but you can find a better one ten miles off the freeway in Old Peru, right next to East Peru at the Peru Bar and Grill, get off on the Truro exit. My review is here:

Roadside Inn
325 N Highway 28, Martensdale, IA 50160

Dinky Diner
104 NE 4th St, Decatur, IA 50067

Mar 19, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Des Moines Delis (old school)

There is always the Kosher Deli on Polk Blvd, they once had a relationship with the big kosher meat operation up in Postville.

Mar 12, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Good bakeries in the Des Moines area?

Raquel's Pastry Shop on East Grand

Mar 04, 2011
trza in Great Plains

Driving along I-80

the tenderloin map of iowa

Feb 10, 2011
trza in Great Plains