A diner’s oversize booths and oversize pies have long been a beacon of hope for teens dumped after prom and frowny clowns looking for new novelty-size props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get an American meal for two at West End Diner in West Des Moines (up to a $52.95 value). The meal includes:
- One appetizer (up to an $8.99 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $39.98 value)
- Two soft drinks (a $3.98 value)<p>
West End Diner’s owners Jay and Betty Lee load an extensive menu of classic diner dishes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a slew of heart-healthy options. The aptly named teasers flaunt red bullfighting capes to goad teeth into charging through the spinach-artichoke dip or italian breaded cheese-sticks. Cuisine crafters douse a generous portion of ribs in house-made barbecue sauce for the barbecue loin back ribs, and entrees that include top sirloin steaks and blackened Cajun chicken flip the “no vacancy” switch on twosomes’ stomachs. Free refills on soft drinks such as Coke, Sprite, and Orange Fanta fuel continuous feasting, lively conversing, and lubricated opera singing.
Black booths, a checked floor, and impromptu salt and pepper drag races imbue the diner with the poodle-skirt feel of the ’50s. Diners can relish the sun’s rays on an outdoor patio, and an indoor fireplace thaws frost-nipped appendages with its toasty hearth.