The kitchen bustled behind teenage Enosh Kelley as he stood over the sink, dutifully scrubbing pots and pans while dreaming of becoming a chef. From those humble origins, recounted in his Metromix profile, Enosh has grown into an internationally renowned culinary artist lauded by reporters from the Wall Street Journal and nominated as best Midwest chef by the James Beard Foundation. Pulling from his training at the Culinary Institute of America, Enosh folds local ingredients into a French-inspired menu, favoring classics such as hand-cut pomme frites, duck orange, and g?teau marjolaine.
Nestled in the heart of the historic Ingersoll Avenue district, Enosh's restaurant?Bistro Montage?is a fitting canvas for his fine French creations. Plates pair with glasses from a distilled wine list on white-clothed tables decorated with freshly cut flowers. Nearby, framed artwork speckles the brick-red walls, and long, flowing curtains dangle from the windows to keep the lighting dim and intimate while providing a convenient hiding place for guests on disappointing blind dates.
A delicious monument to '50s-era nostalgia, 5 & Diner dishes out a dawn-to-dusk menu of burgers and classic comfort fare. At the stroke of lunch, charbroiled hamburger reins supreme, ensconced between adoring buns and draped with garlands of fixings, special sauce, and a bounty of seasoned fries, coleslaw, or potato chips. Bite into the bacon-pepper-jack burger ($8.79) flanked by a cheese-kissed side of chili fries ($4.79), or explore patty permutations with a tray of cheese-slicked slider bites ($6.99). Vegetarians can graze on the charbroiled portobello-mushroom burger festooned with swiss cheese and tangy oriental sauce ($8.29), and bun eschewers can chew on the Cadillac meat loaf, a homemade meatberg piled with bacon, mushrooms, and onion straws ($11.29).
The Hull Avenue Tavern is the oldest bar in Des Moines. We have great drink prices and a modest selection of both domestic, import and micro brew beers. We also have a variety of liquor also. Weekends we host live music every friday and saturday free shows.
Brasserie-Style French | Laid-Back Vibe | BYOB | House-Ground Beef
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.
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.
801 Chophouse establishes itself as a special-occasion restaurant, where every table might well hold a ring in a hidden box or a couple celebrating an anniversary. There are the white tablecloths popping against dark leather booths, the racks of wine tended by a certified sommelier, and, of course, the chops and steaks, all USDA Prime. On the other hand, it's quite conceivable that someone might gladly eat at 801 Chophouse every week and for any occasion—the menu, drink selection, and Wine Spectator-awarded wine list could accommodate months of exploration, and an ever-changing "fresh sheet" overflows with the jet-fresh seafood selections of the day.
On any given night, the wait staff moves across wooden floors beneath high ceilings and 1920s-inspired decor, trays loaded with nine creative potato preparations, filet mignon, and dry-aged pork chops. Meanwhile, the cattle of a pastoral mural gaze out over the dining room's cherry-wood finishes, waiting patiently to graze on uneaten garnishes.
The din of clattering bowling pins and volleyballs spiking over nets tickles the ears at Trophy’s Sports Bar & Grill, a haven of spectator sports and cocktails. The destination sits amid Plaza Lanes Family Sports Complex’s bowling alley and volleyball complex. Inside, college and pro games play on one 20-foot big-screen TV and 30 additional TVs while guests sip on pints or 110-ounce “beer towers.” Its array of classic bar snacks includes queso cheese dip, jalapeño poppers, and chicken wings. And there are a slew of sandwiches named for sportsmen and teams, such as the Detroit tenderloin, the Cubby melt, and the Referee, the nickname given to the Reuben after it mediated conflicts between the thousand islands. Trophy’s also hosts special events such as karaoke, trivia, and twice-weekly bike nights, where motorcyclists mingle during contests and live music or the performances of classic-rock DJs.