Posted April 22, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Waukee

One-stop shop

Date night at a grocery store? It just might be crazy enough to work. When Hy-Vee decided to start implanting their namesake restaurant “Market Grille” next to their grocery stores in 2012, they undoubtedly faced naysayers – but that was before those skeptics tried the food. “It was actually really

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Posted April 22, 2015in Boone, Community Featured

Changing faces

Call it a ‘changing of the guard’ on Keeler Street. For it seems that as long as clocks have been ticking and tocking, this favorite place in downtown Boone has been known as the Tic Toc. But that all changed recently, as evidenced by the new signs already installed, and

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Posted April 15, 2015in Community Featured, Downtown

A mix-up that works

In less than two years, Mad Meatball has established itself as a culinary force in the downtown scene. While not quite a household name, they are host to a loyal following and are winning over new fans with each dish. A short couple of blocks south of the East Village

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Posted April 01, 2015in Community Featured, Perry

New taco truck in town

Joel Hernandez, 23, has high hopes for his taco truck parked just off First Avenue in Perry. “If I was in California right now, I would have a line of people waiting for Tacos,” he says. “Here, business has been average. I know this isn’t California and I won’t have

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Posted April 01, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

The Other Place

The Other Place was started in 1970 on College Hill in Cedar Falls and was primarily a college bar that served and delivered pizza. The OP has since become widely renowned and is recognized as a memorable part of the college experience by generations of UNI students across the country,

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Posted March 25, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Waukee

1908 Draught House

Imagine a place where you can enjoy a beer with your favorite star athletes. Sit next to them and relive memories of their glory days. Well, imagine no more. Settled on Hickman Road in Waukee is a place where you can do just that, 1908 Draught House. Pictures of famous

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Posted March 18, 2015in Community Featured, Downtown

Olympic Flame leads the way

There is something beautiful and almost therapeutic when eating food brought to America, prepared authentically and served right. The result is often times a work of love and art. Chef Angelo Ligdis has been doing just that, with his native Greek cuisine, in the Des Moines East Village for over

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Posted March 11, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, West Des Moines

Shop and dine

We’ve all been there. You head into the grocery store to pick up the necessities and maybe just a few extras when suddenly the wonderful smell of food hits you. The stomach growls and your head fills with visions of juicy burgers, decadent cakes and extravagant meals. Well, fret no

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Posted March 04, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

Pub grub

It seems foodie food is all the rage lately, but sometimes you just want something unpretentious and simple, done right and with lots of flavor – with a big glass of your favorite barley pop served on the side. When that craving hits, it’s time to hit West Towne Pub.

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Posted March 04, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

More than pizza

Why is it that birthdays take half as long to get here every year? We call it the “half life of birthdays,” the girls and I who celebrate together a few times a year. When we were kids — or at least in our 20s — birthdays were spaced out

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