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.
Claimed to be one of the best pizzerias in the city, Fong's Pizza adds a touch of innovation to the conventional pizza. A one-of-a-kind Asian-inspired pizza place, this restaurant fuses two very different cuisines, to offer an enjoyable experience. Hand-made using traditional techniques, then topped with a variety of classic Asian and Chinese ingredients and tossed into the oven; what results is a simply scintillating pizzas, that is a perfect fusion of two worlds. Do try the thai chicken, moo shu pork and teriyaiki pizzas, while the polynesian and shroomin varieties are also a great choice.
The Stuffed Olive has been delighting foodies since it opened in 2014. It is one of the best places in town for tapas and martinis. Their more than eight pages of martini menu is difficult to rival while their inventive tapas is a crowd pleaser and a delight to share with friends. Besides martini, they also have a fine list of liqueurs, wines and beers. Tipple on happy hours with your favorite drink. Nosh on bites such as Caribbean Grilled Pork, Lobster Bruschetta, Risotto Croquettes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Grilled Tilapia Fish Tacos and Blackened Chicken Sandwich. During weekends, drop in for a late-night munch.
Housed in a 19th-century historic building, Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company (CABCo) opened its doors in 1996 and is one of the first brew pubs of Des Moines. Decked up with antiques, signboards, posters and bottles of old Iowa breweries from the pre-Prohibition era, the establishment's beer labels are inspired from these obsolete breweries. Taking pride in their artisanal brews, you can tipple on their fine craft beers that are made fresh daily. From seasonal to regular and premium brews, enjoy a pint or two of their handmade brews. They also have a selection of wine and cocktails. Their inspired American fare is made from scratch with a separate menu for kids. Drop in for some great beer and delicious food.