It was a long, 18-month process rehabbing the historic Ankeny landmark. Finally, on October 16th, 2012, local couple Matt and Jessie Sims’ cut the ribbon on their very own Number 7 brewpub. The menu had everything they’d hope for––house-made beer and slow-smoked barbeque. It also had farm-fresh ingredients, sourced from local Iowa family plots. While dining on brisket or smoked spare ribs, diners may even catch Matt and Jessie gabbing about their long but worthwhile journey renovating one of the oldest buildings in town.
Topped Doughnuts rolls up a daily assortment of unique, sweet, circular morsels to satiate cravings that haven’t even been invented yet. Decadent creations such as the maple-bacon bar, samoa, and red velvet introduce palates to mouthwatering new acquaintances, and inspired offerings such as root-beer float and cookies ‘n’ cream put a new spin on classic confections. Health-conscious sweet teeth can suppress lingering guilt as they soak up the antioxidants of six assorted palm-oil-bathed dessert loops, while the snickers, heath, and butterfinger options are the perfect solution for those who struggle to get their daily recommended servings of candy bars. Topped Doughnuts recommends placing your order at least 24 hours in advance to ensure availability.
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.
China Moon's culinary artisans transform fresh ingredients into Chinese dinner entrees, lunch meals, and chef’s specialties. Diners share platefuls of steamed dumplings ($4.95) before tying cardboard wings onto forks and flying them into a spicy amalgamation of kung pao shrimp and chicken ($11.95). The family meal for two pairs mongolian-beef and garlic-chicken entrees with egg rolls, crab rangoons, soup, rice and either wine or soda ($23.90). Lunchtime offerings quiet afternoon stomach yodeling with entrees such as sesame pork nestled on a bed of rice ($5.95). Meanwhile, mouths can break from gaping at the moon to sip beer or mixed drinks such as the Little Panda, a blend of peach schnapps, crème de coconut, and fruit juice ($4.25).
Smashburger's cooks grill each burger ($4.99 for the classic) on the menu to order in addition to crafting grilled and crispy chicken sandwiches ($5.99+), salads ($4.99–$6.99), and sides such as rosemary- and garlic-tossed fries ($1.99+). The Smashburger pairs 100% Angus beef with veggies and cheeses on an artisan bun, and Häagen-Dazs shakes ($3.99–$4.29) keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley. Add-ons such as applewood-smoked bacon ($1.50) or fried egg ($1) add additional zest to spicy baja burgers overflowing with chipotle mayo ($5.99+) or further personalize regional burgers unique to different cities and states.
The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a selection of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which are then skillfully blended atop a frozen marble slab before placing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with portable marble slabs or sundae bars in tow.