The Otley Cat restaurant and bar, open for just a few months in Perry, is quickly becoming known as a place to get good-tasting, well-made food.
Known as the Ballyhoo for years, the business has been under several ownerships and sat closed at least a couple of different times. Now the business is owned by the same people who own House of Bricks in the East Village in downtown Des Moines — J.C. and Nancy Wilson.
The nice thing about the menu is that it offers something for everyone, including vegetarians. I was surprised by the variety offered and pleased that it brings a more metro-type menu to Perry. People will find items such as an Italian sausage sandwich made with Graziano’s sausage and Asian chicken salad. There’s a variety of what one employee called “fun” burgers such as the black bean burger, a number of Angus burgers including the “Otley” with gorgonzola, bacon, grilled onions and onion rings, and the Beach with avocado, Swiss, lettuce and chipotle mango barbecue sauce.
Then there is the flat-bread pizza with made-from-scratch flatbread and fresh ingredients. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted when I went there for supper recently because there was so much to choose from.
I finally decided on the flat-bread pizza topped with Graziano’s sausage. It was absolutely delicious with the right amount of spice in the sausage, and a tang and sweetness to the sauce. The crust was crispy where it should be, and soft inside, done just right. Prices from $7 for the four-cheese to $10.50 for the build-your-own.
For people with a taste for steak, the menu includes three choices, with the most expensive being $19.50 for a 12-ounce ribeye.
Don’t expect a fast-food restaurant because pretty much everything is made from scratch. But you can expect good food and good service.The Otley Cat
1223 Otley Ave.
Phone: (515) 465-4410
Kitchen hours: Mon. – Fri.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Lounge: Mon. – Thur.
11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.