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Fine Dining in Des Moines

Iowaboy3 Jul 11, 2013 10:19 PM

I don't see anything recent on Des Moines. My wife and I are looking for a new fine dining experience in Des Moines this coming Monday (7/15) for our anniversary. Some of our faves are Alba, Lucca, Baru 66, Bistro Montage & Cafe di Scala. We tried Hoq back in March and that was good. Where to try next?

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    worldrunner RE: Iowaboy3 Jul 12, 2013 07:58 AM

    Basically what you've listed are all good choices. I can't imagine being disappointed with any of those.

    There's also Centro, Flying Mango, and Latin King but I don't think you need any additional options you've pretty much nailed it with the ones you've listed. I like Alba a lot for what it's worth.

    Since most of these places have seasonal menus it may be best to just view them and see if there's anything that stands out to you. You really won't go wrong with any of them though.

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      Iowaboy3 RE: worldrunner Jul 12, 2013 09:46 AM

      Worldrunner: The restaurants I've listed are ones we've visited already. Looking for new recs to try. Thanks

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        worldrunner RE: Iowaboy3 Jul 12, 2013 09:58 AM

        I see that now.

        Well Flying mango is closed on Mondays so that's out. Trostels Dish in west des moines perhaps?

        Exile Brewery is good as well.

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      jamiski RE: Iowaboy3 Jul 12, 2013 07:38 PM

      Have you tried Sbrocco or Gramercy Tap? Or maybe a trip to Ames to The Cafe? (Not sure about Monday hours for any though)

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        jhojati RE: Iowaboy3 Jul 13, 2013 06:02 AM

        I'm a fan of Sam and Gabe's. Get there on a jazz night and you're golden. I'd vote Trostel's Greenbriar over Dish, but both good options. 801 an obvious choice.

        Been a long time since I've been but Cosi Cucina could give you that romantic vibe.

        Splash has always underwhelmed me but is generally above average.

        More casual are places like Skip's and Nick's and Django.

        Also, owners of baru opened table 128 recently. No idea what the vibe is though.

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          Iowaboy3 RE: jhojati Jul 15, 2013 09:15 PM

          Wound up trying Table 128 for dinner. I had the Kale Caesar Salad & Chicken, Sausage & Kale soup while my wife had the "Stuffed Blue" burger stuffed w/blue cheese & caramelized onion + the house fries. Everything was tasty but it took a while for the kitchen to get the food out. The atmosphere is urban modern & they have a nice little wine list. Well worth a visit.


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            vitus979 RE: jhojati Jul 25, 2013 07:49 PM

            >>I'd vote Trostel's Greenbriar over Dish

            I recently got back to Greenbriar for the first time in over 10 years. I'm not sure why I'd been away so long. The ambiance is an old-style dinner club (and sometimes it's tight when the place is full), but the food was great.

            Also a huge fan of Django.

            Just a thought to the OP, have you tried the surrounding area? Ames maybe?

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