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SFLisa Jan 24, 2009 04:34 PM

I will be there on business on Thursday? Any laid-back good food suggestions? I eat almost anything!!!

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    midwesternfoodie Jan 26, 2009 09:01 AM

    Vern's doesn't look like much from the outside -- it is located next door to a muffler shop in a strip mall -- but I have had a number of wonderful meals here. It is definitely one of the best restaurants in the Waukee-Clive-West Des Moines area. The waitstaff is attentive, the food plentiful, and the atmosphere pleasant. Highly recommended.

    http://www.vernsrestaurantandlounge.com/

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    Vern's Restaurant & Lounge
    15970 Hickman Rd, Clive, IA

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      latte4me Jan 27, 2009 04:44 PM

      When I was in town last year for business, I ate at a place called Trostel's Dish. An interesting small plate place in Clive - maybe the locals can tell you what they've been up to lately, but I really liked it when I was there.
      http://www.dishtrostels.com/dinnermen...

      1. wineglas Jan 27, 2009 08:42 PM

        Biaggi's is good American Italian food. I do a lot of corporate events in Eden Prairie and people like it and I am doing an event in Des Moines really soon.

        It is always reliable.

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          DrWine Jan 28, 2009 07:33 AM

          Lisa: If you stick to West Des Moines, you may miss some of Des Moines best. Take a look at these post from the past two years.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/460592

          Depending where you are to the west, I would have at least three suggestions, all of them local. First, Sage in Windsor Heights makes everyone's top ten list.

          http://www.sagetherestaurant.com/

          Second, in Clive is Cosi Cucina, which clearly bests the Biaggi chain.

          http://www.desmoinesnightlife.com/cosi_cucina_italian_grill.htm

          Finally, You might try Sam and Gabe's.

          http://www.samandgabes.com/

          Hope your trip is a good one and report back on your experience. PS, bring a warm coat!

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            Bobfrmia Jan 28, 2009 05:37 PM

            I would second Sam and Gabes, and encourage you to avoid the chains.
            Phat Chefs, even The Tavern would be my choice over Biaggi's.
            Trostels Dish is a favorite of my daughter.

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              Iowaboy3 Feb 1, 2009 08:54 PM

              Sam & Gabe's is excellent. Cosi is good and laid back also.

              You would call Sage "laid back"? I'd call it fine dining.

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