Food & Drink in Des Moines

Half Off Diner Food at Cozy Cafe

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Vast menu highlights breakfast items, blue-plate specials with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, and hand-breaded tenderloins

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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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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When the owners first laid eyes on the 117-year-old house that would later become Capital Pub and Hot Dog, they viewed it as an opportunity to accomplish a long-lived goal rather than as an archaic, dilapidated building. Today, the once-condemned structure stands completely renovated and now serves as a dining hotspot where neighborhood regulars furnish their bellies with 100%-all-beef Klement's hot dogs and signature cocktails. The laid-back eatery's 13 Capital Dogs bear such unique toppings as homemade chili, crispy Fritos, and buffalo hot sauce, and its hearty sandwiches punch hunger in the gut with Angus beef, marinated chicken, and american cheese. Headlining a hefty appetizer menu, sweet-potato fries drizzled in honey and accompanied by marshmallow-cream sauce charm taste buds with bites sweeter than love notes written by Oompa Loompas. Capital's sleek, intimate space treats stompers to warm wooden floors that glimmer beneath burnished dining islands and beer-inspired signage.

400 SE 6th St
Des Moines,
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There's a dish to satisfy every taste at Spaghetti Works, where diners can customize meals to their hearts’ and mouths’ content. Plates of fettuccini or whole-wheat mostaccioli can be enjoyed with sweet italian sausage, beer-cheese sauce, and a wide variety of other toppings. Meanwhile, the restaurant's cooks also prepare classic Italian dishes, such as homemade lasagna and shrimp scampi, and craft gluten-free pizzas and pasta bowls. Diners can cap meals with beer, wine, a cocktail, or more than 20 flavors of Italian sodas.

Known as a family-friendly establishment, Spaghetti Works delights both children and adults with its quirky decor. All three locations feature red-checkered tablecloths and vintage model T trucks, the backs of which hold salad bars with all the fixings. And at all three locations, guests can admire the setting sun from an outdoor patio—a sight almost as beautiful as that of a kitten hatching from its shell.

310 Court Ave
Des Moines,
IA
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It's usually Mullets' mascot that first catches guests' eyes, flashing its gill-to-gill grin from its post-top perch. Then there's the big neon sign, which further befits the establishment's roadhouse atmosphere. Situated at the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, Mullets draws in patrons with pub staples such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas as well as plentiful seafood options that include catfish, bluegill, crawfish, and frog legs. Servers can bring these dishes out to the wood-paneled dining room or up the stairs to the two-level outdoor patio, where banners for the Chicago Cubs and Boulevard Brewing Company ripple in the wind like the tongue of a skydiving dog. The staff encourages patrons to make their own marks on the pub’s playful atmosphere by posting photos of their mullets—whether haircuts or state-fair-winning fish—to the Mulletin board.

1300 SE 1st St
Des Moines,
IA
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A breeding ground for future Chicago Cubs stars like alums Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, and Geovany Soto, the Triple-A Iowa Cubs generate the cheers of baseball connoisseurs through a masterful display of dexterous double plays, smoking strikeouts, and crowd-pleasing home runs. Under the new management of Bill Dancy, who boasts 1,604 minor-league victories, the I-Cubs are poised to start 2011 in winning form and improve upon last year's 82–62 mark. Watch as Herculean hurler Jay Jackson strikes out petrified batters and right-fielder Brad Snyder looks to top the 25 home runs and 107 second-base slam dunks from last season's play. Home games begin on April 15, but baseball boosters can begin planning romantic dates and family-fun days by checking out the seating chart and 2011 game schedule.

1 Line Dr
Des Moines,
IA
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Tucked inside Hoshi Sushi Lounge, Sushi Master La Tran and staff surround themselves with yellowtail, salmon, octopus, crabmeat, and sliced veggies, all waiting to be plucked from their chilled containers and placed on tiny piles of rice or wrapped inside sheets of seaweed. The sushi rolls—with creative names such as Bulldog, Miami Heat, and Love You Long Time—arrive at tables laid out on an ivory plate like abstract artwork. The kitchen team also prepares entrees free of a seaweed sheath, including tempura, teriyaki, and stir-fried meats and veggies. The sushi haven's minimalist interior features bold-red color, framed artwork, and an exposed brick-front wall that dares passersby to huff and puff and then courteously enter through the front door.

2314 University Ave
Des Moines,
IA
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