Top Ten Patios to enjoy this Summer

Patios are the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer on a hot summer night. The following are the best locally owned bars in Des Moines to meet up with friends or just enjoy the scenery. Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop-located on Ingersoll and in West Des Moines, both locations feature a large patio with plenty of…

Top Ten Summer Events in Des Moines

Summer is a busy time to see new and different events in Des Moines. The following events are favorites with both locals and visitors. The Iowa State Fair–August 8-18- This is the biggest event in Des Moines in the summer bringing in up to 100,000 each day of the 11 day fair in early August. The…

Top Nine Lunch Spots in Des Moines

Lunch is the meal that typically gets skipped or delayed- especially during the work week- the following places will make you want to take time out of your busy schedule to sit down for a good meal. South Union Bread Café– located downtown right next door to Centro, this is the place that provides the…

Top Eight Brunch Spots in Des Moines

Brunch is the meal that somehow makes eating a combination of breakfast and lunch an ok activity on the weekend and bonus points if they serve alcoholic drinks to make the meal all the more indulgent. The following are the best places to get brunch in and around Des Moines. Americana–  located on Locust Street, Americana…

Top Ten stands at the Des Moines Farmers Market

The Des Moines Farmer’s Market has made numerous national best of lists. The following are the best stands to hit while you’re there.   Farm Boy’s Hearty Food Company– even if you get to the Market early, there will most likely be a line. They offer very cheap coffee as well as breakfast bowls and…

Top Ten Coffee Shops in Des Moines

Coffee, the drink that helps many of us get through the daily grind of life. The following are the best spots in Des Moines to get your caffeine fix. Smokey Row Coffee Co.-located in multiple locations in Iowa, the Des Moines location offers an excellent location just off the interstate to make grabbing a cup of…

Ten must see things at the Iowa State Fair

What has always impressed me about the Iowa State Fair is the fact that the state of Iowa has 3 million people yet the attendance at the Iowa State Fair usually tops 1 million.  That means that 1 out of every 3 people in the entire state of Iowa attend the fair (of course some…

Top Ten Best BBQ joints in Des Moines

Bar-b-que is the quintessential American food. In recent years many great spots have popped up around Des Moines.  When the craving hits, go to the following for the best bbq in and around Des Moines. Jethro’s -located in the Drake neighborhood and in various incarnations around town, Jethro’s offers huge portions on both the meat and the…

Top Ten Des Moines Breakfast Spots

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. The following are the best spots to get great food to start your day off right. La Mie-located on 42nd street downtown, this is the closest you will ever get to having authentic French pastries without going to France- I went to France and the pastries I…