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I will be in Des Moines, alone, on a Wednesday night in a few weeks. I'm staying at The Suites of 800 Locust. No car, I don't know Des Moines and I don't mind walking. (I assume it'll be cold in early November, so not too much walking in the evening.)

I like Italian, Asian and American. Money is not a big issue. Good food is important, as is a place where a solo can be comfortable. (I will be at 801 Steak & Chop House the following night, so a heavy meal is not important or desired.) A good sports bar, pizzeria or other casual place is fine, as long as the food is good.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I've eaten at Court Avenue Brewing, Dos Rios, and Fong's Pizza - all close to where you're staying. They were all fine. The boyfriend loves Dos Rios, I like it but I think it's better for apps and drinks than a meal. Court Ave Brewing is good upscale bar food. Fong's pizza is my favorite, some crazy toppings (moo shoo pork pizza) by the one we tried work and I really liked the crisp, whole wheat crust. Plus Fong's is hilarious and you can have Tiki drinks in shrunken head glasses.

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    Fong's Pizza
    Des Moines, IA, Des Moines, IA

    1. downtown Italian and two blocks from your hotel is Centro. I'll second Court Ave Brew Pub. Best microbrewe beer in the city and the food is pretty decent. If you like oysters and other shellfish, check out Splash (good seafood) or Django (french bistro) as they have real-deal oyster bars. Sbrocco is another spot with good food. It's a small plates/tapas wine bar type of place. If you want to go dive-bar, hit up the High Life Lounge. The broasted chicken is awesome. Right next door is El Bait Shop which has the best beer selection in town. Raccoon Bewpub has good food but the beer isn't as good as Court Ave's. Decent British Pub food can be found at the Royal Mile.

      All these places are in the core of downtown and completely walkable from the Suites.

      There are some options not too far away in the East Village neighborhood: Continental (tapas) and Lucca (Italian-American combo). Locust Tap is a good dive-bar.

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      Centro
      1007 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Django Restaurant
      210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Sbrocco
      208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Locust Tap
      434 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Royal Mile
      210 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

      High Life Lounge
      200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

      Lucca
      420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309

      El Bait Shop
      200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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      1. re: Jbird35

        All of Jbird's recs are good. I'd try Django or Centro, but it really depends on what you want. I like Fong's, but the pizza, in my opinion, isn't as good as Centro's.

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        Centro
        1007 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

        Django Restaurant
        210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

        1. re: Jbird35

          My husband and I were in Des Moines last weekend. We did have broasted chicken at the High Life Lounge, after checking out the beer selection at El Bait Shop. The chicken was really good, but, I don't think it would be personal choice as a single.

          The next evening we had tapas at Continental. The food was decent, not thrilling. I had a caipirinha, very good and a Cosmo, not so great. For whatever reason, it was bitter.

          Then off to Django in search of an Absinthe cocktail. Our first experience with Absinthe. It was fun, and I liked the taste, although it turned my tongue numb. I'd never been in there before, the bartenders and waiters were friendly. We didn't eat there, but I liked the 'feel' of the place and will eat there next visit.

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          Django Restaurant
          210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

          High Life Lounge
          200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

          El Bait Shop
          200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

        2. Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions. I'm leaning toward Django, mostly because of the seafood selection.

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          Django Restaurant
          210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

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          1. re: lawyerbriefs

            Can't really go wrong with Django or Centro. Not sure if they are great "single" places, but the food is very good and they are always ranked highly by locals.

            I am a big CABCO fan, so I will say hit them up. The bar is great for dinner, and a single diner would feel right at home. Friendly staff, great beer and good scratch made food.

            The truth is, though, that Django is closer to you as is Centro. Both also very solid choices. Can't really go wrong with any of those.

            Enjoy!

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            Centro
            1007 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

            Django Restaurant
            210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309