French Restaurants in Ankeny

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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,
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Django: A User's Guide

Brasserie-Style French | Laid-Back Vibe | BYOB | House-Ground Beef
Sample Menu
  • Appetizer: mussels provençal with fresh herbs, tomato, and white wine
  • Soup: onion soup gratiné
  • Entree: roasted half chicken with thyme jus, potato purée, and house vegetables
  • Dessert: cheese flight with fresh fruit, almonds, fig jam, olives, and crackers
When to Go: If you're only in the mood for a cocktail and a small plate, then swing by for happy hour (Monday–Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Specialty cocktails, cheese and charcuterie plates, and selections from the raw bar are all served at a discount.

Inside Tips
  • Take advantage of Django's BYOB policy, especially since they don't charge a corkage fee.
  • Bring the whole family. In keeping with its motto, All French—No Attitude, Django welcomes children and features two kids' menus (for brunch and dinner) to prove it.
Vocab Lesson
Rouille: a creamy sauce blended with olive oil, breadcrumbs, and saffron. It's commonly served as an accompaniment to fish dishes, especially bouillabaisse.
Au poivre: French for "with pepper." Django showcases steaks, burgers, and portobello mushrooms prepared au poivre, either crusted with peppercorns or paired with peppercorn sauce.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Sift through the modish furnishings and knickknacks that time forgot at Funky Finds Vintage & Retro (515 18th Street).

After: Finish the night with a cold pint at El Bait Shop (200 SW 2nd Street), which boasts a jaw-dropping menu of more than 120 on-tap beers and 150 bottled brews.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Savor authentic Italian fare served with the same casual bent at Mezzodi's (4519 Fleur Drive), which is owned by the company behind Django, Orchestrate Hospitality.

210 10th St
Des Moines,
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At PerKup Cafe, brown curtains and red and deep-yellow walls evoke the warmth and hue of fresh-brewed coffee. The staff serves up omelets, salads, and peach-chicken-salad sandwiches to complement their various roasts. Cozy four-top tables accommodate guests in comfort, who can also feel free to grab coffee for the road, which deliberately causes traffic jams when it isn't well-caffeinated.

7003 Douglas Ave
Urbandale,
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