Posted September 17, 2014in Community Featured, Downtown

Make your taste buds sing

When it comes to Mexican cuisine, the downtown area offers a broad spectrum of options to satisfy diners. From the basic taco truck to contemporary fare, it’s all here. Opened in May of 2014, Malo is a welcome addition to the growing downtown food landscape. Malo is billed as offering

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured

Laid-back lunch

My family and I are no strangers to Mexican food. Usually when we go out to dinner, someone in the group is requesting tacos. One recent Sunday afternoon, things were no different. We were looking to go out for lunch, and we all wanted to fill up on tacos and

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Pizza Ranch opens in Fort Dodge

So much food. So much variety. And all of it fresh, hot, and divinely delicious. We are “Pizza Ranch People,” my favorite dining companion and I. We have dined at the Pizza Ranch from one end of Iowa to the other and never been anything but delighted with the quality

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Posted September 03, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Saving memories

Say it ain’t so! The chorus has been growing all summer long, ever since it became known that The Barrel Drive-In — a little taste of the ’50s that has somehow survived all these decades — might finally succumb to the times. We’ve already lost The Ritz, Witkes, Martha’s —

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Posted September 03, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

New ownership

In a sea of Mexican restaurants, one of my favorites has always been Plaza Mexico on Northwest 86th Street. I love the chile rellenos there, which are more like an omelet that what is usually served. I like the variety of the menu. And I absolutely love the sweet little

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Posted September 03, 2014in Ames, Community Featured

Love at 800 degrees

Starting its fifth year in business, Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza has established itself as another spot for tasty pie in a college town known for numerous pizza offerings. The approach is fresh ingredients, many of them local, made in the centuries-old Italian tradition with an oven that burns at more than

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Posted August 27, 2014in Boone, Community Featured

Fridays and pizza

What is it about pizza and Friday nights that just goes together? It started in junior high when every Friday night football game was followed by a trip to a pizza joint with friends. Win or lose, we had a great time with a table full of friends, pizza and

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Posted August 13, 2014in Community Featured, West Des Moines

Shake it up

As most avid Starbucks goers know, the familiar menu was shaken up in the last few months with the addition of La Boulange pastries and sandwiches. Some of the staples were taken off of the menu to make room for the new foods. I admit I was hesitant to try

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Posted August 13, 2014in Community Featured, Fort Dodge

Time for a take-out picnic

This is picnic season, but who always has time to pack a picnic basket? (Most of the time, I don’t even have time to find the picnic basket.) So in these hot days of August, I just love to find my favorite home-style drive-through and enjoy a weeknight picnic in

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Posted August 06, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Ballpark vibe

When you’re given the gift of a cool July day, you’ve got to make the most of it. When lunch time comes around on days like that, those of us who are desk jockeys go looking for an eatery with a patio. My dining and I found a great patio

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