In the summer of 2000, Bob Young took over Italian Villages, and made the restaurant a family affair by running it along with his children Brenna and Perry. Thirteen years later, the chefs are still crafting a menu of familiar Italian staples alongside American dinner entrees such as steak, seafood, and chicken breast draped in American flag sauce. And in keeping with the restaurant's family-friendly vibe, the menu also offers a kids menu featuring classic childhood favorites such as grilled cheese and spaghetti.
Angelo's Pizza's sunlit dining room fills with the aroma of thin crust pizzas baking and Cincinnati-style chili simmering. As specialty thin crust pies rise within a vintage 1947 oven, pots of what the Des Moines Register called "great melting pot chili" bubble on stoves. In the Cincinnati tradition, customers can order the sweet, thin concoction with cheese, spaghetti, diced onions, kidney beans, or shredded Ohio road atlases. Co-owner Mark Nicola brought the dish to the restaurant, drawing on his childhood devotion to the Cincinnati Reds and fondness for their home city's unusual breed of chili.
Green Yoga House offers prospective pretzels an abundance of stretch sessions, from pre- and post-natal to hot Vinyasa, inside its two spacious studios in Clive and West Des Moines, as well as lunchtime yoga classes in the skywalk on Grand Avenue. Owner Lily Hou has been practicing yoga for 14 years and teaching since 2003, and was voted the Best Yoga Instructor in Des Moines by Cityview in 2009. Learn bendy basics at the West Des Moines location, mastering foundational poses, breathing techniques, and meditation practices. Build body and mind muscle at the Clive location by bringing hand weights to the Yoga with Weights class, designed to increase strength and endurance while generating energy flow, improving balance, and moisturizing parched yoga mats.
Ocean Beach Fries' grill experts tend, flip, and serve sizzling burgers, sandwiches, and fries from the food court of the Valley West Mall. All of Ocean Beach's baskets arrive tableside sporting a dapper fez and accompanied by a medium soft drink and a sparkling chalice of hand-cut fries. Trimmed beef, onions, and melted cheese round out the philly-cheesesteak basket ($9.99), and a hand-cut beef patty, delivered fresh from a flattop grill, snuggles into the mushroom-swiss-burger basket, named for its delectable ingredients and history of neutrality ($7.99). Eight types of seasonings can crown Ocean Beach's eponymous fries, such as Old Bay, garlic, onion, or Cajun, which anoint potatoes thrice-cooked in varying temperatures of cholesterol-free oil.
Since 1926, the line cooks and soda jerks at Maid-Rite have slung a menu of American diner classics, including their signature loose-meat sandwiches, malts, shakes, and root-beer floats. Customers can silence grumbling stomachs with myriad variations of the free-spirited hamburger sandwich, a kind of sloppy joe, including the classic Maid-Rite ($3.19 for sandwich; $6.59 for basket of fries and large drink), the shirt-staining BBQ Texas-Rite ($3.89 sandwich; $7.29 basket), or the belief-begging Mega Philly Cheese-Rite ($6.69 sandwich; $9.98 basket). The corn dog ($2.39; $5.79 basket) carries on the century-old tradition started by corn of eating food off a stick, and the Smokin' turkey-breast dinner ($7.99) shows up to palate parties slathered with hot or mild barbecue sauce and accompanied by an entourage of two sides and a biscuit or bun.