The newest restaurant to join Ingersoll Avenue's bustling dining scene is now open
Teddy Maroon's is now open on Ingersoll Avenue, bringing corn flake encrusted chicken, burgers, sandwiches, pastas and entrees to the neighborhood. Brian Taylor Carlson, firstname.lastname@example.org
After a week of soft openings and finishing touches, a new neighborhood restaurant is open for business.
Teddy Maroon's at 2301 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines has opened its doors, offering lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. It's the newest restaurant concept to open under the Orchestrate Hospitality umbrella.
The creators of Bubba, Chris Diebel and Kolby Jones, named Teddy Maroon's after the high schools they attended. Diebel went to Roosevelt and Jones went to Dowling — hence the navy blue and maroon color scheme of the restaurant.
"We just turned on OpenTable last night and we had our soft openings for brunch over the weekend," Diebel said. "We are very happy about that and we are so excited."
With seating for about 88 people, the restaurant features a modern lounge, booths and tables in the main dining room, and a private dining room with room for 20. A shaded outdoor patio is in the works for summer dining that will seat 50 people.
Teddy Maroon's is under the direction of Chase Eslinger, former operations director for Gusto. And the kitchen is headed by Orchestrate's corporate chef, Matt Howard, 35, who has been with the company since 2014.
Expect fun twists on appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, side dishes, entrées, pasta bowls and weekend brunch items. South Union Bakery provides fresh rolls and bread for menu items. And there are plenty of items for gluten-free and vegan diets.
Lunch and dinner both have similar menus. The dinner menu is expanded to about double the entree selections.
- Cornflake Chicken Tenders: Chicken tenders coated in crushed cornflakes and fried, served with honey mustard dipping sauce ($9.99)
- Blistered Shishito Peppers: Sprinkled with salt and served with lime wedges ($7.95)
- Loaded Tater Tots: Fried tater tots topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion and chipotle crema ($9.95)
- Grand Avenue Nachos: Corn tortilla chips topped with seasoned ground beef and pork, roasted corn, pinto beans, onion, cilantro, pickled jalapeños, queso fundido and chipotle crema; served with a side of salsa roja ($10.95)
- Oven-roasted Cauliflower: Topped with almonds and feta with romesco sauce ($8.95)
Soups and Salads
- The Ingersoll: Romaine lettuce topped with bacon, walnuts, Gala apple, blue cheese and honey-balsamic vinaigrette ($11.95)
- Citrus Kale Power Salad: Mixed greens and kale topped with farro, roasted sweet potato, pepitas, queso fresco and citrus vinaigrette ($12.95)
- Brussels and Spinach Salad: Fresh spinach topped with roasted Brussels sprouts, sautéed diced apple, sliced almonds, pecorino cheese and warm bacon vinaigrette ($12.95)
- Teddy Maroon’s Chopped Salad: Romaine lettuce and ditalini pasta with bacon, boiled egg, chickpeas, tomatoes, green onion, pecorino cheese and sweet onion vinaigrette ($12.95)
You can add grilled chicken ($4), shrimp ($5), cornflake chicken tenders ($5), a salmon cake ($6), steak ($6) or a half avocado ($2) to a salad for an upcharge.
Five sandwiches are available and each is served with a choice of side.
- Cornflake Chicken Sandwich: Breaded and fried chicken breast topped with slaw, house pickles, garlic aioli and honey Dijon on South Union Bakery sesame bun ($12.95)
- Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese: Bacon, jalapeño cream cheese, Swiss and cheddar cheeses on South Union Bakery sourdough; served with Sriracha ranch ($9.95)
- Teddy Brosevelt: Sliced prime rib, sautéed onion, grilled bell pepper, Monterrey Jack cheese sauce and garlic aïoli on a South Union Bakery hoagie ($13.95)
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Six variations of burgers are inspired by nearby neighborhoods. Each burger comes with two freshly ground Iowa beef patties.
- Terrace Hill: Swiss cheese, roasted mushrooms, sautéed onion and garlic aïoli ($12.95)
- South of Grand: Brie cheese, romaine lettuce and bacon-onion jam ($12.95)
- The Kingman: Romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, house pickles, shaved onion and Thousand Island dressing ($11.95)
- The Bulldog: Bacon, jalapeño cream cheese, cheddar cheese and shishito peppers ($13.95)
You can add bacon ($2), a half of an avocado ($2) and/or a fried egg ($1.25) to each burger.
- Filet & Fettuccine: Filet of beef in a creamy garlic and basil sauce, served over buttered fettuccine with bell pepper, onion and Pecorino cheese (lunch, $15.95, dinner, $17.95)
- Fish Tacos: Two cod tacos fried in Confluence Farmer John’s Multi-grain Ale batter, served with a choice of one side on flour tortillas and topped with shaved cabbage, avocado, pico de gallo and chipotle crema ($12.95)
- No-Coast Noodles: Rice noodles tossed with peanuts, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño, crispy tofu, fresh cilantro and basil; garnished with green onion and lime ($12.95). And you can add grilled chicken ($4) or shrimp ($6)
- Creole Salmon Cake: Griddled Cajun salmon cake on farro-edamame succotash with chipotle crema and petite arugula salad (lunch, $12.95; dinner, $17.95 with two cakes)
For dinner, other entrees like roasted chicken, pork chops, baked Cajun cod are available. Steaks are offered for both lunch and dinner.
For those of you who like to make meals from side dishes, there are seven items to choose from on the menu ($4 each).
- Garlic Fries: Served with Sriracha ranch
- Creamy Slaw: Crumbled bacon and green onion
- Tater Tots: Served with Maroon Sauce
- Pasta Salad: With chickpeas, cheddar cheese, green onion, tomatoes, sweet onion vinaigrette
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Glazed in apple cider reduction and served with garlic aioli
- Baby Kale Salad: Topped with farro, roasted sweet potato, queso fresco and citrus vinaigrette
- House Salad: Mixed greens, red onion, tomato, cucumber and apple cider vinaigrette (v) (g)
And no matter where your appetite takes you on this menu, be sure to save some room for Teddy Maroon's house dessert: homemade freshly-fried doughnut holes, dusted with cinnamon sugar and drizzled with chocolate and caramel sauces.
Weekend brunch at Teddy Maroon's is served on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu features lunch favorites like appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers with the addition of breakfast dishes.
- Avocado Toast - grilled South Union Bakery sourdough bread, topped with smashed avocado, toasted pumpkin seeds, sweet onion vinaigrette, garlic oil and smoked paprika pickled onions, served with a choice of side ($12.95)
- Loaded Tater Tot Breakfast Bowl - tater tots, scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion and sour cream ($10.95)
- Sunrise Salmon Cake - Cajun salmon cake griddled and topped with chipotle crema; served with potatoes O’Brien and a sunny side egg ($12.95)
Side dishes include bacon, turkey sausage, potatoes O'Brien, baby kale salad and Greek vanilla yogurt with strawberries.
Happy Hour is Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m. Draft beers are $5; select wines by the glass are $6 and select apps are $7.
A highlight of the beverage menu is Teddy Maroon's focus on both freshly-squeezed juices and a variety of Moscow Mules. Mules can be ordered in classic, cucumber-mint, peach-orange blossom and grapefruit-rose flavors ($9). You can even order a mule flight ($12). Fresh orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade and limeade are the choices for the cocktails ($8). Ketel One vodka is used in both.
Other cocktails include:
- Transfer Student: Bulleit Rye, Tuaca, Barspoon House Bitters, flamed orange garnish ($10)
- Exchange Student: Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Luxardo, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, vanilla syrup, Angostura bitters ($10)
- Caramel Old-Fashioned: Maker's Mark bourbon, Carpano Antica, caramel syrup and Angostura bitters ($8)
- Aviation: Aviation American gin, Luxardo, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, crème de violet, cherry garnish
West Coast wines dominate the menu with pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose, riesling, sparkling wine and blanc de noir by the glass and bottle ($8 to $10 by the glass; $32 to $58 by the bottle).
Reds include pinot noir, syrah, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, zinfandel and blends ($9 to $10 by the glass; $34 to $70 by the bottle).
Teddy Maroon's has an assortment of 16 Iowa craft beers and domestic light beers on tap with a carbon dioxide-charged instant glass chiller ($5 to $10). Look for ever-changing selections from Big Grove, Barn Town, Confluence, Exile and Toppling Goliath.
Bottles and cans of beer and cider offer more of a domestic selection with a few craft specialties ($4 to $8).
Location: 2301 Ingersoll Ave. in Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.