Anything New in Des Moines or Ankeny?
These have been around longer than 6 months, but I'll just throw out Django, downtown Des Moines, very good reviews from those I trust (read haven't been myself), and for Bar and Grill, again, from those I trust, Jethro's for great wings. Smoked, then deep fried.
Waterfront has opened a place in Ankeny. I know you don't come from California to Des Moines for seafood, but I think it would impress.