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Super Cool Eats in the Des Moines Area (30 mile radius...ish)

I should add that I'm specifically, secretly hoping that someone knows some joints that are sort of out in the farm land a bit. I think it might be fun to talk a little day jaunt out where it feels like there shouldn't be anything, but then there's a great little place in a town of 300 or something.

Thanks for all the guidance!

Super Cool Eats in the Des Moines Area (30 mile radius...ish)

Those ARE a great start -- they all sound awesome. Thanks!

Super Cool Eats in the Des Moines Area (30 mile radius...ish)

I'm planning a road trip to stay with family in Des Moines during the Iowa State Fair this summer, but I want to make sure I hit up the cool little food joints nearby, while I'm there. I'm on a budget, so I'm not interested in the big fancy stuff...I'm thinking more of those little hole-in-the-wall type places that you'd only know about if you lived in one of the little towns on 35 or 80. And I like all kinds of food, so type is no issue. Anything come to mind? I may make it up to Ames, too, so any suggestions up there would be more than appreciated.

Thank you much!

M

Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

Oops: I menat to say i like your insights, too, Christy. thanks for taking the time to write all this. It think you get what I'm after.

thanks to everyone!

Nov 07, 2008
Seashanty in Pacific Northwest

Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

I like your insights, Allison. Thanks!

Nov 07, 2008
Seashanty in Pacific Northwest

Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

Hello,

I'm not saying that NONE of the customers are under 25, and tattoos are just fine, but I guess I'm looking for places where working class guys go to get a good homecooked meal after work... where the watiresses would still smoke if they could, and where -- if there are younger folks about -- they are there to eat, not to "be seen."

Thanks for your interest!

Nov 04, 2008
Seashanty in Pacific Northwest

Sea - Places you want to hate

Dick's is an institution! They stick to their old recipes and have great business ethics - what's wrong with that? Not to mention it's an honest to goodness Drive-In, of which there are precious few, these days. I say get that secret out in the open!

Nov 03, 2008
Seashanty in Greater Seattle

Cheap places with character in Seattle (and greater Western WA?)

Hey all,

I'm taking a roadtrip through the PNW soon, to visit family in Western Washington, but last time I was there it seemed like all the small, independent home-cookin places were out of business. Like the Georgetown Drive-In! What happened? Does anyone have any tips for little places that are off-the-beaten path but delicious? I want to take my boyfriend and have him taste some delicious old-school food without having to (a) pay an arm-and-a-leg, and (b) deal with a lot of New-Seattle hip-trocity. Not that there's anything wrong with hipsters... I just don't want to find any in my food is all....

Thanks very kindly, everyone.

Nov 03, 2008
Seashanty in Pacific Northwest