Central Iowa's trail system is a beautiful, scenic opportunity to get out on your bike, enjoy the outdoors and ride to a place to get some food and beers with your friends. Also exercise, but mostly food and beer. Here are four places on or near bike trails where you can cool off, wet your whistle and enjoy some grub before riding on to your next destination.
You can eat at these places while wearing bike shorts.
Orlondo's Bar and Grill: The trail is what brings you to Orlondo's, but the pizza is what makes it hard to leave. There are specialty pies like the Orlondo's combo or Italian veggie, or you can make your own. There are also sandwiches like grinder sliders, Italian beef and Jamaican chicken. Find it: 4337 Park Ave. in Des Moines, off the Great Western Trail.
Mullet's: Mullet's is very bike friendly and features a variety of seafood options, po-boys, pizza and sandwiches. Or you can go bigger with something like jambalaya or a fried catfish dinner. Mullet's also serves breakfast, in case you're out for an early morning ride. Find it: 1300 S.E. First St., off the Meredith Trail.
Nite Hawk Bar & Grill: The Nite Hawk features apps liked loaded nachos and breaded cauliflower, a selection of sandwiches for $5-$7 including burgers, a tenderloin and Philly cheese steak, pizza, salads and broasted chicken. Find it: 105 Green St., off the High Trestle Trail in Slater.
Roadside Inn: After riding about 30 miles south of Des Moines, you'll be ready to eat. Roadside Inn serves the "Famous Giant Loin," a huge tenderloin, plus prime rib, pizza, salads, fresh basked goods and and more. But get the tenderloin, it's famous. Find it: 325 Iowa Highway 28, Martensdale, off the Great Western Trail.