Whether they’re hungry for the crack of the bat, the snap of the shoulderpads, or the swish of the net, sports fans flock to The Stadium Grill & Bar whenever a big game beckons. There, multiple televisions broadcast major matches from across the sporting world while the kitchen's grill sizzles away at tender morsels of chicken or brisket slathered in Cookie's Sweet Hickory BBQ sauce. The bar's burgers come covered in gourmet toppings such as bacon, sautéed mushrooms, or a handful of smaller burgers. Baskets of wings challenge taste buds with six different hot-to-not flavors that are easily washed down with bottles of Coors, Newcastle, or Sierra Nevada. The bar doesn't just serve beer, though. Exotic shots mimic famous flavors, such as oatmeal cookies or girl scout cookies, and ursus Icelandic vodka turns fruit punch and sodas into international concoctions.
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.
Abelardo's Mexican Food dishes out spicy and savory dishes of authentic Mexican cuisine, from tender morsels of carne asada, to cheesy quesadillas stuffed with steak and pork carnitas. At nine locations across four states, guests zip through the drive-thru or settle in for dinner 24 hours a day, seven days a week, wrapping their hands around tortas made with fluffy bread and zesty Mexican chorizo, or digging forks into spicy chile rellenos.
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.