Food & Drink in Altoona

45% Off Cajun Food and Drinks at Fat Tuesday

Des Moines

$20 $11

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Menu of alligator, catfish, and oyster po' boys supplemented by regular crawfish boils amid New Orleans decor

Central City Liquors – 40% Off

River Bend

$30 $18

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Spirits from brands including Jameson, Bushmills, Grey Goose, and Captain Morgan as well as premixed beverages and cocktail ingredients

Half Off Asian Food and Cocktails at Red Bistro

Des Moines

$40 $21

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Mongolian beef, Chef Zon special, vermicelli salad, and sushi rolls color the Asian fusion menu

45% Off at Zimm's Food and Spirits

North of Grand

$20 $11

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Cuisine includes sandwiches such as the Greek Goddess and French Dip, the Des Moines and the Texan burger with bacon and barbecue sauce

Up to 50% Off at Quinton's Bar & Deli

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

House specialties include grilled-cheese burgers, bread-bowl potato soup, loaded potatoes, and cocktails with house-made ginger beer

Keller's Deli and Cafe – Up to 50% Off Deli Fare or Catering

Downtown Des Moines

$20 $11

Freshly baked artisan breads such as five-grain wheat or roasted garlic and cheddar, topped with housemade meatloaf or corned beef

45% Off American Cuisine at Firehouse Lounge

McKinley School - Columbus Park

$20 $11

Restaurant's offerings include tacos and homemade onion rings, hot beef sandwiches, and zesty jalapeño poppers

$10 for Coffee and Food at Grounds for Celebration

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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House-roasted coffees from the owners' farm, flavored with Monin syrups and Ghirardelli chocolate, pair with sandwiches and fresh pastries

$5 for Frozen Yogurt Creations

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Build your own frozen creations with rotating frozen yogurt flavors and toppings like fresh fruit and crushed candy

48% Off at Players Sports Bar & Grill

Beaverdale

$25 $13

Diners can chow down on pub food at the bar, or cozy up in a booth while catching sports games on the big-screen TVs

50% Off at Capital Pub and Hot Dog Co.

East Village

$20 $10

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Rotating menu of specialty dishes include char-grilled hot dogs topped with mac and cheese and crumbled bacon; draft beer and martinis

40% Off at Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt

Ankeny

$10 $6

Frozen yogurt in more than 50 sweet and tart flavors, including oatmeal cookie, strawberry kiwi, and lemon chiffon

Half Off Comfort Food at The Corn Patch Restaurant

Grimes

$20 $10

Hearty cups of homemade potato soup accompany hearty meals of fried chicken, steak sandwiches, and premium Iowa pork chops

50% Off Breakfast at OverTime

Urbandale

$16 $8

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Bacon, sausage and veggie filled omelettes, loaded hash browns, and stacks of fluffy hot cakes satisfy morning hunger

Up to 45% Off at Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

Clive

$50 $28

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Smoked chicken crowns pizza, steaks sizzle on plates, and shrimp swims in pasta at a romantic eatery with more than 36 wines by the glass

48% Off Pizza and Barbecue at Mustard's Restaurant

Des Moines

$25 $13

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Chefs slow-cook meats over apple and cherry woods, and prepare New York–style pizza and grilled sandwiches

Up to 50% Off at Honors Lounge

Clive

$20 $11

Lounge with karaoke, darts, and more offers meals of beer and third-pound burgers

Up to 50% Off Authentic Indian Cuisine at Kurry Xpress

Clive

$20 $11

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Housemade paneer cheese enlivens vegetarian curries, and flatbreads such as roti and naan scoop up lamb saag and chicken vindaloo

45% Off Asian Food at Cafe Su

West Des Moines

$20 $11

Vegetables in garlic sauce, fortune cookies, and crab rangoons served in a casual eatery decorated with paper lanterns

45% Off Ice Cream at Cold Stone Creamery

West Des Moines

$10 $5.50

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Ice cream in a wide variety of flavors mixed with fruit, candy, and cookies atop a chilled stone in front of customers

Up to 51% Off Wine Tour and Tasting

Indianola

$40 $20

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Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

50% Off Wine Tasting

Stuart

$32 $16

In a renovated 19th-century schoolhouse, visitors sample eclectic red and white wines crafted from locally grown ingredients

52% Off Wine Tasting at Penoach Vineyard & Winery

Adel

$33 $16

Wine tasters uncork a bottle of one of Penoach's wines, such as Farmhouse White or Windmill Red, sipped from a souvenir glass

50% Off from SKAL - Wine & Beer Tastings

Factory Stores of America Outlet

$50 $25

Enjoy live music while sampling beers and wines

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Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

$270 $139

Pairs dine on a hearty meal while participating in a twisting tale of mayhem and murder, and enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast

Dairy Queen – Up to 52% Off Food and Ice Cream

Marshalltown

$20.95 $10

One of the oldest Dairy Queens in the country serves burgers and hot dogs along with ice cream, blizzards, and orange julius

44% Off

Waterloo

$9 $5

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for American Food at Steamboat Garden

Waterloo

$20 $10

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Since 1933, Steamboat Garden has been serving affordable, family-friendly food, including burgers, chicken wings, and housemade chili

$11 for Mexican Food at Casa Tequila Authentic Mexican Grill

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

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Fajitas, quesadillas, and more than 50 types of margaritas made from scratch with super-fresh ingredients

45% Off at El Cactus Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Multiple Locations

$20 $11

Menu includes steak Colorado topped with El Cactcus's special red sauce, vegetarian entrees, and seafood specialties such as pescado relleno

Half Off at Pub Food and Drinks at J&A Tap

North Liberty

$10 $5

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Craft drafts complement burgers, pizzas, and nibbles in pub with two volleyball courts and weekly live music and karaoke

Up to 51% Off Pizza and Beer at Bulicek's Deli & Brew

Cedar Rapids

$24.50 $12

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Diners drink tall-boy beers or sodas while eating chicken-bacon-ranch or other specialty pizzas and watching sports on several flat-screens

$10 for American Food at Scott's Family Restaurant

Cedar Rapids

$20 $10

Omelets, seasoned potato skillets, and hot sandwiches covered with housemade meatloaf and gravy

Quiznos – 50% Off Toasted Sandwiches

Cedar Rapids

$4 $2

Meats, cheeses, and vegetables piled on sandwiches or rolled into wraps crisp and melt when toasted in an oven or on a grill

51% Off Pub Food at 101 Gastropub

Cedar Rapids

$38 $19

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Gourmet bar food and rare whiskey are a standard pairing at the pub; the drink menu is anchored by nearly 30 kids of scotches and whiskeys

50% Off Soul Food at Iowa Soul Food Market

Cedar Rapids

$41 $20.50

Each diner can eat one meat, two sides, and one corn muffin

45% Off Mexican Food at El Cactus Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Coralville

$20 $11

Chicken breasts in chocolate mole sauce, breaded steak milanesa, and enchiladas stuffed with chorizo and potatoes

50% Off American Food and Steakhouse at House of Lords

Best Western Cantebury Inn & Suites

$40 $20

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Restaurant and pub serves prime rib, shrimp diablo linguine, blackened ahi tuna, steaks, and beer-battered cod amid medieval decor

50% Off Mexican Cuisine at Los Portales

Iowa City

$14 $7

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Shrimp chimichangas, huevos rancheros, nachos, burritos and hard- and soft-shell tacos

Up to 56% Off at Gumby's Pizza

Iowa City

$38.96 $17

Specialty pizzas made with fresh handmade dough; signature Pokey Stix smothered with cheese and garlic; wings in one of seven tangy sauces

Half Off Tea and Scones at Leaf Kitchen

Iowa City

$14 $7

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Steaming pots of cream tea pair with freshly baked scones and fruit jam during afternoon teatime

Select Local Merchants

Inspired by trips to the state's northwestern lakes, Okoboji Grill conjures the wayfaring spirit of summer vacation with hearty American comfort food. Chefs marinate chicken strips in beer before hand-breading them in a secret blend of spices, crown crispy onion strings with Iowa-raised pork chops, and stack thin-sliced meats into towering club sandwiches and edible replicas of the Chrysler Building. Okoboji Grill also culls recipes from international cuisines, adding an American take to greek gyros, housemade tzatziki sauce, and italian bruschetta and pastas.

1225 Copper Creek Dr
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

The culinary fusionists at Yanni's Grill & Vineyards meld vivacious flavors of Greek and Italian cuisine in cozy rooms adorned with murals and sparkly white lights. Peruse a bilingual dinner menu, and untangle hunger pains over uncomplicated plates of buttery garlic knots ($3.95/10 pieces). Sip carafes of wine while servers engage in culinary pyrotechnics with flaming plates of signature saganaki ($5.95). Yanni's signature penne careens down throat canals, gliding along thanks to a tomato-cream sauce and accompanied by sidecars of sweet peas, mushrooms, and ham ($12.95). The chef's coastal lineup of fresh fish ($15.95–$17.95) tempts seafaring folks, who may jump back on shore at the sight of the signature steak Deburgo and its 10-ounce crown of beef medallions bejeweled in wine, mushroom, and basil sauce.

3160 8th St SW
Altoona,
IA
US

Catering to sports fans and dining delegates, Sam’s Bar has been slinging king-sized helpings of both since opening its doors in 2010. Sam’s menu perfects bite-sized treats by offering barroom favs like jalapeño poppers ($7.95), a pound of wings ($8.95) and breaded dill pickle spears ($6.95). It’s tough to celebrate team championships and lunar drag racing victories without sharing pizza and Sam’s plentiful pies are sliced up with tantalizing toppings ranging from Italian sausage to red onion (12” cheese for $12 with $1 additional per topping). Attending to the attention demands of buns, the bar and grill slips an impressive array of treats between needy breads, like the hand-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich ($8.95). Those looking to sit down and tuck a napkin into their collar, will revel in Sam’s entrée menu, featuring steaks and chicken, but also the house specialty, Cavatelli ($9.95) and features pasta smothered in homemade sauce, baked to cheesy perfection. Aiming to please parched palettes, Sam’s also offers a full bar and fire hose for quenching dusty drink holes.

3160 8th St SW
Altoona,
IA
US

Midwest Black Angus beef, free of hormones or antibiotics, joins with creative ingredients such as A.1. sauce and chipotle aioli to create more than 15 unique burgers at Legends American Grill. These burgers embody a variety and thirst for excitement that radiates throughout each of the grill's central-Iowa locations. There, nestled amid deep-umber booths or brick walls, diners watch sports flicker across flat-screen televisions, rooting on their team and showing disdain for the ref’s decision to wear white pants after Labor Day. But if the score is disheartening, fans can dig into the menu to cheer themselves up. Hand-cut Creekstone Farms steaks offset surf entrees such as salmon in béarnaise sauce or grilled mahi-mahi in a sweet-and-spicy thai sauce. Comfort-food favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken also make an appearance, pairing with cocktails and beers served by the bottle and pint.

1280 Copper Creek Dr
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

Metromix ranked Claxon’s Smokehouse and Grill as one of the five best barbecue spots in Des Moines—but that’s just the start. More than a decade's worth of accolades trail behind the restaurant like drops of warm barbecue sauce, leading all the way back to 2002, when a perfectly cooked pork loin nabbed the eatery first place at the World Pork Expo. Today, grill maestros Adam, Andy, and Ronald helm the kitchen, hand-rubbing turkey, chicken, and baby-back ribs in their signature black gold rub before slow-smoking each succulent cut over hickory, oak, and smoldering cook books. Claxon's open dining room, complete with a mammoth stacked-stone fireplace, surrounds guests as they tear into ham, sausage, and tender brisket. Modern lights hang above the full bar, casting plates of pan-seared shrimp and fried pub pickles in a tobasco-colored glow, while umbrellas shield diners from the sun and rain on the outdoor patio.

3131 Eighth St SW
Altoona,
IA
USA

Serving up contemporary French dishes Tuesdays through Saturdays, Bistro Montage's Executive Chef Enosh Kelley, a Best Chef nominee for the Midwest in the 2009 James Beard Awards, oversees a frequently changing menu forged from the freshest seasonal ingredients. Start out with a classic tuna niçoise salad (up to $16), made with house-canned ahi tuna and topped with hard-boiled quail eggs, ensuring that hard-boiled quail biker gangs never roam the streets. Turophiles can dine on dairy goodness with a cheese plate available as an appetizer or as a dessert (both $15). Main courses include liver and onions ($20), sidekicked with caramelized onions, potato rosti, and fava beans, and the organic Peking duck breast ($26), paired with fig compote-stuffed turnips eager to be eaten into obscurity.

2724 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US