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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
“The sushi is always amazing. Also consider Wasabi Tao if dining downtown Des Moines. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Love this place. It’s a farm-to-table in all manners of the phrase with all the "Iowa" quirks and feels. You’re in for an experience, from the (real) old-fashioned truck that sits above the bar, to the popcorn you get to snack on while you wait for your food, and their desserts served in black iron skillets (I recommend the Apple Crisp Skillet!). Not only does it have upbeat vibes (if you go on a weekend night, you may get to hear some live music!), but it’s also one my top 5 favorite places to eat because they have AMAZING beer and burgers. Located in West Des Moines, this place brews their own variety of beers, including some pale ales, dark stouts, and sours. In fact, this place made me fall in love with sour beer (I usually preferred the stouts and porters). IF they have it on their beer menu (it's a seasonal beer), ask for their "S'more" stout – it’s the [heavenly] alcoholic version of chocolate, graham, and marshmallow. Insanely good. Huge hit among the Des Moines locals. Even if you’re not a stout person, it’s worth trying! This is also the place to go if you're looking for an amazing burger. Yum. Watch for their burger of the month. Always inventive and delicious!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located just one mile South of the townhome. Best BBQ in town!!! The waffle fry nachos with brisket, ribs, and mac & cheese - will not disappoint! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“With-in walking distance of the property. Provides a delicious fine dining with a comfortable atmosphere. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cinema
“….Hearing and Visually Impaired Assistance devices available: descriptive close captioning USL glasses and cupholder screen; USL headphones. ....UltraLux Loungers with optional heating settings in every auditorium. ....Dolby Atmos is equipped in every auditorium, including our giant XLD screen! ....One of the largest IMAX screens in the Midwest, outfitted with our UltraLux Loungers! ....Rick's Café Americain, our theatre restaurant, is open every evening and services our eight Dine & Recline auditoriums, allowing you to enjoy a full meal with your movie! ....Party Room available for birthday parties and other events”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Known for their amazing shakes and cheese curds. Sheila likes the Salmon, Jack Likes the burgers. Good Brussels sprouts too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Sports Bar
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  • 1 local recommends
Meal Delivery
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  • 1 local recommends
Grocery or Supermarket
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  • 2 locals recommend
Store
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Fast Food Restaurant
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Pizza Place
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  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The sushi is always amazing. Also consider Wasabi Tao if dining downtown Des Moines. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Brewery
“Love this place. It’s a farm-to-table in all manners of the phrase with all the "Iowa" quirks and feels. You’re in for an experience, from the (real) old-fashioned truck that sits above the bar, to the popcorn you get to snack on while you wait for your food, and their desserts served in black iron skillets (I recommend the Apple Crisp Skillet!). Not only does it have upbeat vibes (if you go on a weekend night, you may get to hear some live music!), but it’s also one my top 5 favorite places to eat because they have AMAZING beer and burgers. Located in West Des Moines, this place brews their own variety of beers, including some pale ales, dark stouts, and sours. In fact, this place made me fall in love with sour beer (I usually preferred the stouts and porters). IF they have it on their beer menu (it's a seasonal beer), ask for their "S'more" stout – it’s the [heavenly] alcoholic version of chocolate, graham, and marshmallow. Insanely good. Huge hit among the Des Moines locals. Even if you’re not a stout person, it’s worth trying! This is also the place to go if you're looking for an amazing burger. Yum. Watch for their burger of the month. Always inventive and delicious!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located just one mile South of the townhome. Best BBQ in town!!! The waffle fry nachos with brisket, ribs, and mac & cheese - will not disappoint! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“With-in walking distance of the property. Provides a delicious fine dining with a comfortable atmosphere. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Known for their amazing shakes and cheese curds. Sheila likes the Salmon, Jack Likes the burgers. Good Brussels sprouts too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend

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