Hangry? Try these Des Moines-area eateries with 'emotional' names
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Your emotions can lead you to food — and food can stir up many different emotions.
So it makes perfect sense that Des Moines has so many restaurants with names based on feelings — from Angry (Goldfish) to Lucky (Bamboo), “emo” eateries run the culinary gamut from Mexican food and pizza to sushi and salads.
Try to keep your wits about you as you check out this list of 13 restaurants in the metro with emotions in their names.
Angry Goldfish Pub & Eatery
You won’t need anger management when you dine at this popular spot on Des Moines’ south side. With its sandwiches, burgers and entrées like Sweet Pig Mac & Cheese with spaetzle, a candied bacon crumble and a Bavarian pretzel stick, even the most outraged eater will find something to enjoy. And the Sriracha-covered goldfish crackers will make your taste buds furious.
Location: 2301 S.W. 9th St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Go completely crazy with your next feeding frenzy by ordering something demented like Idaho Nachos at Mad Meatball in East Village. This nutty concoction of Graziano sausage on a pile of tater tots, topped with melted mozzarella and cheddar is finished off with jalapeños, sour cream and salsa. Sandwiches, pizza and pasta round out this Italian restaurant’s mental menu.
Location: 401 S.E. 5th St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chow down with cheer at this merry Mexican eatery in the East Village. Enjoy build-your-own burritos, tacos, sopes, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas filled with a jolly assortment of meats and vegetables. But don’t forget to content yourself with some queso dip.
Location: 525 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines
Open Sesame makes Lebanese food accessible for all. Shareable appetizers like hummus, baba ganouj, stuffed grape leaves and tzatziki are available. Entrée possibilities include shawarma chicken and gyro plates, kibbeh (baked ground sirloin patties with bulghar, onion and Lebanese spices) with Laban (yogurt), hummus and tabouli. But make yourself handy to help with a slice of crispy baklava.
Location: 313 E. Locust St., Des Moines,
Hours: Tuesday, through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 9 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.
Contact: (515) 288-3151; Facebook
Blu Toro Cantina & Grill
For those of you suffering from a double dose of deep depression, here is a restaurant that will bring you out of the blues. Break the bleakness with Blu Toro’s modern take on Mexican food in West Des Moines. From guacamole and fajitas to churros and chocolate, this menu is anything but melancholy, especially after a margarita.
Location: 5585 Mills Civic Pkwy. #110, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; closed Sundays.
Another contender for this emotional category was BLU Thai Food and Sushi at 215 E. Walnut Street in Des Moines— the perfect cure for dreary dining with its extensive menu of sushi, sashimi and other Asian dishes.
A smart and sophisticated meal isn’t hard to find at Cool Basil. Contemporary Asian cuisine is served in a modern setting, with a focus on variety. Dine on everything from appetizers and small plates; sushi and sashimi including nigiri and rolls; and entrée specialties like curries, noodle and rice dishes and fresh seafood. A popular seasonal dessert is ripe mango with sweet sticky rice.
Location: 1250 86th St., Clive
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grumpy Goat Tavern
Are you so hungry that you’re feeling cantankerous? The widely varying New Orleans-style menu at Grumpy Goat has something that will soothe those surly stomach rumblings, like a DBLT — a BLT sandwich made with duck bacon, lettuce, tomato and a Creole aïoli on cracked wheat bread. If you’re feeling extra-crotchety, bring some moral support and get the Cajun Mud Pie — layers of chocolate and vanilla ice cream, brownie chunks, fudge, Heath bar, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel sauces.
- 810 E. First St., Ankeny; (515) 512-2100
- 1350 50th St., West Des Moines; (515) 223-1046
- 6240 Mills Civic Pkwy., West Des Moines; (515) 440-2264
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Heavenly Asian Cuisine & Lounge
Keep that blissful feeling going with a stop into this Asian restaurant in Valley Junction. Gloriously regional cuisine abounds here, with items like braised lamb, Ma Po tofu and fried whole barramundi with brown sauce. Customizable spice levels will keep your taste buds sensing the sublime. Try one of the signature hot pots.
Location: 225 5th St., West Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Also featuring a 'heavenly' name, Heavenly Delights at 105 E. 1st Street in Grimes where there's a ravishing selection of hard pack ice cream in 32 flavors. Soft-serve ice cream flavors number 19, and there are plenty of malts, shakes, sundaes, splits and other divine specialties.
Treat yourself to a naughty meal of modern Mexican fare. Enjoy wickedly playful takes on tacos, fajitas, burritos and many other impish classics. Many American influences make the menu — like burgers and tot’chos. For the not-so-mischievous, many salads are available. Try the Chile-Dusted Seared Tuna Salad with mixed greens, pico de gallo, charred poblanos, pickled onions, crispy jalapeño caps, lime vinaigrette and avocado aïoli.
Location: 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Lucky Bamboo is on a roll, celebrating 15 years of bringing Asian food to the masses in Ankeny. From bowls of pho to fried wontons to fresh seafood dishes, the menu has everything going. Entrées can be ordered as a special for one — including soup, egg roll, crab Rangoon and fried or steamed rice — or as a larger portion fit for two with fried or steamed rice. Don’t forget to crack open your fortune cookie.
Location: 1555 S.E. Delaware Ave. #1, Ankeny
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: (515) 965-5749; Facebook
There’s nothing like some hot, fresh pizza to make you feel superb. And this Beaverdale pizzeria located in a strip mall has been bringing its “Jerseyville” pizza to the hungry masses since 2008. With its considerable menu of appetizers, wings, Philly steaks and hot or cold sandwiches, this joint, with its distinctive location, is beginning to pull on some heart strings. Try the Beaverdale Pizza — red sauce with mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onion and mushrooms.
Location: 2713 Beaver Ave., 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.
There are two GoodSons in Beaverdale and people often get them confused. GoodSons Bar at 2815 Beaver Avenue is the most visible with its spacious outdoor patio and greatly-varied panini, salad and appetizer menu.
Is being famished leaving you feeling a bit contorted? Head over to Twisted Pizzaria for its tangled take on tasty pies. Try the Pulled Pork Pizza, an intertwining of barbecue and Italian influence with barbecue sauce, smoked pulled pork, bacon, cheddar and mozzarella. You can further unravel your hunger with other menu items like apps, salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes.
Location: 3801 S.W. 9th St., Des Moines and the Merle Hay Mall Food Court, 3800 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines.
Hours: Sunday through Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Contact: (515) 244-0554; twistedpizzaria.com; Facebook
Having trouble figuring out what you’re in the mood for? Try this fast-casual restaurant where you can build your own assortment of ingredients for a healthy, refreshing salad. With a diverse menu of breakfast dishes, wraps and paninis, it’s all about integrating personal taste. Try a Buffalo Cheddar Wrap — a blend of lettuce with buffalo chicken, shredded carrots and shredded cheddar.
Location: 9250 University Ave. #113, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Is there a local restaurant that sets your emotions off and running? Email Brian Carlson to have it added to this list.