Andrea and Sean Gleason of Des Moines have opened a new restaurant in Waukee. It follows the recent Des Moines trend of food trucks moving into more permanent brick-and-mortar locations. Fans of the food truck may recognize the buttermilk fried chicken recipe. But do try the de Burgo poutine. And save room for the espresso pot de crème with cinnamon donuts, chantilly cream and hazelnut praline. Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register
Looking for something to eat this weekend? Des Moines has many new spots to try and a few places that you might not think of.
From gastropub fare to international cuisine to classic Iowan food, Des Moines' culinary landscape has grown considerably in the past year. So why not take advantage of it and enjoy something tasty?
Here are five new places to try in the Des Moines metro that will guide your taste buds through the weekend.
Lzaza Indo-Pak Cuisine
Lzaza Indo-Pak Cuisine recently opened just north of Drake University, and it's been drawing in the crowds for its affordable buffet ($9.99) full of Indian and Pakistani favorites. This vegetarian-friendly buffet is lighter on the heat and spice than most Southern Asian restaurants in the metro. Feast on tandoori chicken, crispy samosa dumplings, and biriyani. Fresh, hot naan bread, sweetened chai and dessert are served with each meal, and if you're not into the buffet, a full menu is available.
Location: 1409 23rd St., Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed Mondays.
Contact: (515) 381-1121; Facebook
Gastro Grub + Pub
The restaurant scene in Waukee keeps on growing. And with the recent addition of Gastro Grub + Pub, the Des Moines trend of food-trucks-moving-into-brick-and-mortars continues. Gastro Grub's buttermilk fried chicken is the talk of the town, so try it on the sandwich with spicy slaw and dill pickles ($11). Or snack on the De Burgo poutine with steak, creamy de Burgo sauce, crispy fries, cheese curds and scallions ($11). But save room for Gastro Grub's feature dessert—Coffee & Donuts—espresso pot de crème with hazelnut praline, chantilly cream and cinnamon sugar donuts ($8).
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Location: 1378 East Hickman Rd., Waukee
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Mondays. Monday through Friday, light bites will be served from 2 to 4 p.m.; and happy hour specials will be offered 4 to 6 p.m.
Nick's Town House Tenderloins
Residents and shoppers at West Glen now have easy access to tantalizing tenderloin sandwiches and all that Nick's Town House Tenderloins' menu has to offer with the recent opening of its second location. Have it "standard" or topped with chili and cheese or bacon and Swiss. Nibble on onion rings, nachos, crinkle-cut fries and more. If tenderloins aren't your thing, Nick's does a fantastic burger.
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Location: 5465 Mills Civic Pkwy., Ste. 101
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Billy Vee’s Italian Restaurant recently moved from Panora to West Des Moines, bringing with it a regional menu that includes made-from-scratch pizza and sauces. Tasty dishes like Brie ai Pistachio, a nut-crusted brie round sautéed and baked, served with toasted bâtard (similar to baguette), seasonal fruit and raspberry sauce ($9); Italian sausage sandwiches (Sazzage in Chicagoese) with house-made links on an Italian roll with hot and sweet peppers ($9); and Scampi Fra Diavolo, plump shrimp in a very spicy tomato sauce with red peppers, mushrooms and herbs ($19) are sure to satisfy your Italian food cravings.
More about Billy Vee's: Billy Vee's Italian restaurant has moved to Valley Junction from Panora
Location: 304 5th St., West Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to about 8:30 or 9:30 p.m.
Contact: (515) 255-2000; Facebook
Captain Roy's was once a red-orange food truck about town, but it has since found a permanent location at Birdland Marina. With its new indoor bar and seating, and live music almost every night, Captain Roy's breathes new life into this restaurant-starved neighborhood. This is the place to go for a Garbage Burger—a grilled third-pound burger topped with fries, cole slaw, cheddar cheese and a fried egg ($9; $12 for a basket). But one of the main attractions is the chicken and waffles with a house-made 9-inch Belgian waffle with three breaded chicken strips, butter and syrup ($11). Roy's also sports a great craft beer selection.
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Location: 1900 Saylor Road, Des Moines
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; Closed Monday.
Contact: (515) 631-2223; Facebook