Although the staff of Park Place Catering happily travels to homes and businesses to help host events, they also open the doors of their own venue to up to 300 guests at a time. When renting this spacious, brick banquet hall, planners can choose a variety of spreads from the menu, which includes everything from breakfast to barbecue and Italian food. But they also get to enjoy more than just lovingly prepared cuisine. The space sits directly across from Kinnick-Feller Riverside Park, a forested sanctuary with a quaint white gazebo at its center. Walk off your meal during a leisurely stroll to the pavilion, or have a friendly game of meatball bocce on one of the park's athletic fields.
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.
Midwest Black Angus beef, free of hormones or antibiotics, joins with creative ingredients such as A.1. sauce and chipotle aioli to create more than 15 unique burgers at Legends American Grill. These burgers embody a variety and thirst for excitement that radiates throughout each of the grill's central-Iowa locations. There, nestled amid deep-umber booths or brick walls, diners watch sports flicker across flat-screen televisions, rooting on their team and showing disdain for the ref’s decision to wear white pants after Labor Day. But if the score is disheartening, fans can dig into the menu to cheer themselves up. Hand-cut Creekstone Farms steaks offset surf entrees such as salmon in béarnaise sauce or grilled mahi-mahi in a sweet-and-spicy thai sauce. Comfort-food favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken also make an appearance, pairing with cocktails and beers served by the bottle and pint.
BangBang Mongolian Grill's guests are in charge. At the all-you-can-eat ingredient buffet, guests fill bowls with whatever vegetables, meats, sauces, and spices they want, assembling tailored meals from a colorful selection of ingredients. Once their bowls are filled with favorites?none of which contain MSG?guests hand them off to the chefs.
These culinary practitioners man an enormous, circular grill. And they invite guests to watch from the curved countertop that encircles this cooking station, as the grill's 650-degree surface sears their custom dishes. Flames billow from the circle's center, adding bombast to the already interactive culinary experience. When the last morsel of the meal has been savored, diners?if they have any room left in their bellies?can continue their hands-on dining adventure at the probiotic frozen yogurt buffet.
Helmed by a pair of Iowa State University graduates, Family Pet Veterinary Center keeps furry friends in good health at three locations across the Des Moines area. A third-generation veterinarian, Dr. Jen Emerson-Mathis joins forces with Dr. Ashley Williams to deliver medical, surgical, and diagnostic services to beloved animals. With their team, doctors Jen and Ashley go the extra mile by making sure clients understand every facet of their pet’s medical condition, and every step of the treatment process. Even more, the Family Pet facilities provide boarding packages, as well as on-site grooming for dogs, cats, and CEOs who need a break from making so many decisions.
A family-friendly eatery, Tacos Andreas dishes up Mexican favorites in a laid-back atmosphere. The massive menu options range from tamales to seafood enchiladas, with burritos, tacos, and quesadillas also served à la carte for mixing and matching favorite dishes. A large outdoor patio area and bar make for plenty of options to keep the dining experience interesting.