Posted July 01, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

Worth the battle scars

My husband had visited the Des Moines skywalk location of Fighting Burrito, but I had yet to experience the burrito tastiness, so we decided to try the Ames location for lunch over the weekend. I was ready for the ultimate custom burrito, and I was not disappointed. The burrito menu

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Posted July 01, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured, Email blast

Food for the body and soul

Finding a table was half the fun. I could have roamed for hours before settling on just the right table beside a quiet window. After all, just one dining room would be as boring as a Ladybug with no spots. The Ladybug Café in Clear Lake needs to be experienced

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Posted June 24, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, Waukee

Luck of the Irish

March is gone and summer here, but who says you need St. Patrick as an excuse to have a beer? At Mickey’s Irish Pub in Waukee, you can capture the feeling of that holiday anytime. Mickey’s is decorated in a classic pub style. The thick, wooden interior houses high top

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Posted June 24, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

The Brick challenge

In the past seven months, the Butler Café has served an astounding 19,000 tenderloins. In large part from being awarded Best Tenderloin in the Des Moines Metro and placing second in the state by the Iowa Pork Producer’s. So how do you follow up such a prestigious award? Butler Café

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Posted June 17, 2015in Downtown, Email blast, Featured Story

Martinis and tapas

The Des Moines food scene is amazing. Within a few square miles you can find a diverse blend of cuisines that will satisfy any hunger pangs. Whether you are looking for a full course meal, or a quiet respite to sip cocktails and chat, Des Moines has it all. With

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Posted June 10, 2015in Community Featured, Email blast, West Des Moines

New on University Avenue

Ever since the sign went up for 7 Stone Pizzeria, my family has been dying to try it. Pizza is one the five foods my toddler is eating at the moment, so we are always looking for a great way to mix it up. Located in one of the new

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Posted June 03, 2015in Ames, Community Featured, Email blast

A bountiful buffet

Valentino’s has been serving hungry Ames residents for nearly 30 years. The first pizza restaurant opened up in 1957 in Lincoln, Neb. In 1974, Valentino’s expanded and now has 35 locations in four different states. The highlight of a trip to Valentino’s is the grand Italian buffet, but you can

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Posted June 03, 2015in Community Featured, Johnston

Something special

Fast food, drive-through, fast casual — sometimes it seems that lunch is just another chore to hurry through. Sometimes — as modern wisdom says — a person just needs to stop and smell the roses. Or, in this case, the sandwich. Trostel’s Greenbriar offers lunch that is casually elegant. My

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Posted June 03, 2015in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Lounging by the lake

My dining companion was about to start a new job. Actually, his first professional job. “Welcome to the World of the 40-Hour Week,” I wanted to say to my nephew as he started this bright new endeavor. And since new jobs don’t come with immediate vacation time — especially when

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Posted May 27, 2015in Bondurant, Community Featured

A meal with a view

The recent opening of the Chichaqua Valley Trail expansion is bringing out riders and trail goers alike. Add in beautiful weather, and Bondurant is seeing an increase in visitors. One of the major trail stops is Founder’s Irish Pub, serving up food and refreshments on their renovated outdoor patio. Founder’s

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