With over 100 beers on tap and an impressive selection of over 150 bottled and canned beers, El Bait Shop boasts what is easily one of the world's most extensive selections of American craft beers. While the staggering array of taps behind the bar will surely dazzle you, the decor is a conversation starter in itself. Vintage posters, games, and curious knickknacks line the walls of this lively watering hole. Apart from being a haven for beer lovers of every caliber, El Bait Shop also serves up a variety of delicious Mexican and American treats, including bar favorites like chicken wings, tacos, and juicy burgers. Although bustling, lively, and brimming with cheer all through the week, the live musical performances held here are especially popular and draw crowds of cheerful revelers. Keep an eye on the website for the latest updates on an ever-growing beer selection and event schedules.
Pan-roasted duck, short-rib stroganoff, crab beignets: if your mouth is watering already, get on over to Alba Restaurant, which has served each of these mouthwatering dishes in the past. The menu changes regularly to surprise guests, and everything is made with only the freshest ingredients. Order a glass of red and relax in the dining room or laze in the patio with a light white wine. Alongside delicious fare, Alba Restaurant also offers a full-service wine bar. Whether you come for lunch or dinner, you'll love dining out at this equally cozy and modern eatery.
801 Chophouse is an upscale steakhouse in Des Moines. The restaurant offers fresh vegetables and meats from the best cuts, serving only prime USDA steaks. Order á la carte or take advantage of the thoughtful prix fixe menu. Try the bone-in Delmonico or lollipop veal chop. Indulge in creamy Maine-lobster mac and cheese or brussels sprouts slathered in red-onion marmalade. 801 Chophouse also has the right wine for any order, so pick a label and enjoy a fabulous meal!
One of the more popular burger joints in the neighborhood, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab is usually swarming with hungry regulars and excited first-timers. This restaurant has just about everything you want for a quick and satisfying meal: great food, fabulous drinks, cool interiors, a cleverly and creatively designed menu, and zombies! The blood-soaked tables and eerie wallhangings will keep you entertained until your food arrives. Once you dig in and sip on a spiked shake, you'll be planning your next visit to Zombie Burger + Drink Lab.
Established in 1947 and situated in east Des Moines, Tursi's Latin King Restaurant is one of the best dining establishments around. There are pasta specialties galore at this Italian joint, as well as an extensive and reasonably priced wine list. A favorite among regulars, the chicken Spiedini never disappoints though none of the restaurant's homestyle delicacies ever do. Known for its authentic fare, relaxed ambiance, and well-trained staff, it's no wonder why locals love Tursi's Latin King Restaurant.
Try the Prime rib-eye, succulent steaks or the Tenderloin Carpaccio, riddled with ample of flavors only at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Serving one of the finest steakhouse fare in all of Des Moines, the restaurant has emerged as a popular destination for people to celebrate their special events in life. An exceptionally tasteful wine selection also makes an appearance to aid the perfect finish to your meal. Service is helpful and friendly and not in a rush to get it over with. So take your time and relax in its sophisticated ambiance and enjoy your company.
A charming little tea house, Gong Fu Tea offers a unique yet impressive collection of tea from around the world. Set in a contemporary space, replete with warm color themes, elegant furniture and a cozy atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for a laid-back cup of tea or coffee on a busy day. Featuring a vast variety of tea, that represents various cultures from around the world, this is where you learn a bit of the world's diverse culture, with every cup of tea.
Come to La Mie for a slice of heaven. It literally translates to “the crumb” in French and will surely have you savoring every last one. Well before dawn, the kitchen at the Logsdons' bakery is bustling with the kneading of dough, mixing of icings and loading of ovens. Baked to perfection, the aromas of fresh pastries, sinful croissants, melt-in-your-mouth scones, handmade breads and divine macaroons engulf your senses, not to mention every bite is pure indulgence.
Enjoy a hearty meal as you visit Downtown Deli. This restaurant is famous for serving a variety of sandwiches and salads at affordable prices. Apart from their popular meat sandwiches, this place is known for offering a delightful menu for people who follow vegetarian and vegan diet.
Set in an elegant 19th-century Victorian mansion, Aposto is from the same team who ran the successful, Cafe di Scala. Taking its place, this delightful Mediterranean follows a different format. You have to book through a ticketing system to enjoy their evolving menu comprising of several courses. Open only on Saturdays, each month is themed, taking you through a wonderful culinary journey that is not only a visual treat but also a feast to the palate. Ideal for a romantic dinners or special occasions, you can hire this place for private events. Their ticketed brunch on the first Sunday of the month is open for adults and kids.