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El Bait Shop

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.

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801 Chophouse

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!

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Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

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.

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Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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.

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Tursi's Latin King Restaurant

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.

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Flying Mango

Since its inception, Flying Mango has been one of the neighborhood's most popular barbecue places. The rustic decor of this award-winning restaurant includes dark-wood tones and wood-paneled floors that make it well-suited for a casual meal with friends and family. Best known for their succulent, old-fashioned grilled and barbecued meats, this is every meat-lovers dream come true. With a scintillating variety of sumptuous charred and smoked meats, there's plenty to tease your taste buds at this restaurant. Not-to-be missed are their famed full slab backs, while the tenderloin, ribs and rump steak also make great options.

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