Explore these 12 rooftops and patios in Des Moines
People in Des Moines know that with warmer temperatures, dining outside is a must, and this city is full of restaurants with outdoor patios. Take advantage of this beautiful Iowa weather and enjoy your next meal 'al fresco.' Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register
The weather this summer didn’t make it easy to dine on a patio or rooftop.
Now that the temperatures (and humidity) have dropped, make a point to explore one of these 15 new patios and rooftops that cropped up in the Des Moines area in the past year. Everything is listed in alphabetical order by community.
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The Fletcher Kitchen + Bar
"Small" is not a word associated with this new neighborhood restaurant in Ankeny. The Fletcher’s patio has two television and makes a great place to nosh on pork belly nachos or braised short ribs or go for a pizza such as The Bohemian with roasted zucchini, squash, Portobello mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and goat cheese.
Find it: 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny
Info: 515-963-9632; the-fletcher.com
300 Craft & Rooftop
The patio on the top of the 300 MLK has stunning views of downtown Des Moines and Principal Park. Head up on Saturdays for a $6 bloody Mary or try one of the craft cocktails such as the ymmaS asoS with Cracker Jack-infused rum and lime sherbet or The Stars Were Bright, Fernando Perez with mezcal and yellow chartreuse.
Find it: 300 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.
This 35-seat restaurant in the East Village offers a patio to the west with umbrellas and plenty of Cuba libres, Cubanitos and El Presidentes with Bacardi rum and Curacao to fuel the night. Do order a Cuban sandwich with its slow-cooked pork or ceviche made with different fish all the time.
Find it: 233 E. Walnut St.
Slip into this patio tucked into the alley next to Iowa Taproom and quaff all 100-plus Iowa beers from Backpocket and Keg Creek to West O and Turner Alley. Of course, fried cheese curds, kielbasa fritters and cheese steak egg rolls pair well with any beer.
Find it: 215 E. Third St.
Info: 515-243-0827; iowataproom.com
This sexy bar on Ingersoll Avenue features a patio on the side with umbrellas and plenty of Templeton Jams topped with cava to drink. Order up pizza from neighboring Gusto or go with the cheese and charcuterie board.
Find it: 2005 Ingersoll Ave.
Sit out on Proof’s new patio and order fried cauliflower, an ever-changing kebob board and some chicken wings in a garlic-lime sauce. Like the food, the cocktails are to die for, so a Bramble with berry-infused gin or an Elderflower Martini make perfect companions for the night.
Find It: 1301 Locust St.
Info: 515-244-0655; proofrestaurant.com
Adventurous eaters only should make this a must-stop. Zach Gutweiler now has his own kitchen at Reed’s Hollow in Beaverdale, serving up his clever dishes on the rooftop and the patio that spills out onto Beaver Avenue. Head over on Wednesdays for $3.50 tacos and Mexican beer specials that change all the time or just let Gutweiler wow you with his Midwestern gastronomy fare such as smoked chicken, squid risotto and the English breakfast.
Find it: 2712 Beaver Ave.
Vivian’s Diner & Drinks
Overlook Walnut Street with a cocktail in hand on this new patio in front of Vivian’s Diner & Drinks. Order up one of the restaurants favorites such as beef stroganoff, fried chicken or a pork chop.
Find it: 400 Walnut St.
Grab one of the 50 beers on tap, in cans or from bottles and head out to the new beer garden-style patio at this Urbandale sports bar. Try one of the soft pretzels with sweet cinnamon butter or the DSM Marksmen burger with smoked brisket and a stout barbecue sauce.
Find it: 4810 N.W. 86th St., Urbandale
Info: 515-278-1821; beerhouseia.com
WEST DES MOINES
Gilroy's Kitchen + Pub + Patio
Try one of nine different mules on one of the biggest patios in Des Moines. Gilroy’s stretches from breakfast to dinner with a patio seating 80 under a roof. Try the mac ‘n cheese balls or fried cauliflower.
Find it: 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Info: 515-809-1727; gilroyskitchen.com
Head out to the patio with its own bar and menu at Taco Hangover. Order the beer cheese dip to start and then add some street tacos in cured pork belly, spicy shrimp or chorizo with crispy potatoes. A margarita in peach nectar or spicy ruby red pairs well with this. Bonus: Taco Hangover stays open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Locations are on the way in Urbandale and Ankeny.
Find it: 265 50th St., West Des Moines
Info: 515-440-4703; tacohangover.com
The Wasabi family expanded west to bring lemongrass coconut soup, seared scallops and the Marilyn Monroll with spicy tuna, spicy salmon and avocado to West Des Moines. Go all out with the Chirasi dinner featuring 15 pieces of sashimi over seasoned rice while dining on the patio to the side of the restaurant.
Find it: 9500 University Ave., West Des Moines
Info: 515-987-6080; wasabidsm.com