This new Iowa eatery is serving Flamin' Hot Cheetos waffle sliders with fried chicken
Smash Park combines food, beer and backyard fun in West Des Moines Des Moines Register
A new restaurant in West Des Moines has opened in a game and entertainment complex — and is now serving fried chicken and waffle sliders. The waffles are made with powdered Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot Cheese Flavored Snacks.
Court Seven Munchery, located at Smash Park at 6625 Coachlight Drive in West Des Moines, is serving a trio of mini sandwiches called Chester's Waffle Sliders.
Two waffles made from Flamin' Hot Cheetos hold red cabbage-fennel slaw, fried chicken, bacon jam and a spicy boomin’ blue cheese sauce stacked inside ($10.99).
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"We originally had chicken and waffles on the menu," said kitchen manager Eric Ceballos, 39. "But we wanted to come up with something new and different for our menu and our restaurant launch."
The waffles are made in-house and Flamin' Hot Cheetos is one of the ingredients in the batter. "We ground up the Cheetos into a powder and it goes into the waffle mix," Ceballos said. "The batter takes on a pink-reddish color." Ceballos came up with the idea for the sliders.
Smash Park opened eight months ago in West Des Moines. It features four bars, a restaurant and a variety of games like pickleball, bocce ball, cornhole, shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong, beer pong, golden tee, board games — and giant games like Connect Four, Jenga and yard dice.
Ceballos said originally, the restaurant at Smash Park was simply called 'The Kitchen,' a term used in the game of Pickleball.
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Court 7 Munchery
Court 7 Munchery opened on Tuesday, a rebranding of the existing kitchen with a new menu of shareable items like buffalo chicken nachos served with homestyle fried chicken, smoked cheddar cheese sauce, buffalo sauce, carrots, celery blue cheese crumbles and a side of ranch.
"We wanted to provide a menu with familiar food prepared with a unique culinary twist," said marketing coordinator Ashley Buckowing. "Also, we wanted the menu to match the fun and unique nature of Smash Park."
The menu starts with munchies — or shareable appetizers — like wings, hummus, crab cake sliders and fried cheese curds.
A wide range of handhelds like burgers and sandwiches are available, like the Court Seven, a third-pound beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon jam on a potato bun.
Or you can get a grilled cheese sandwich called the Stage Five Clinger. It's oozing with muenster, American, fontina, mozzarella, gouda and tomato jam on a griddled fancy bun. You can even order a gluten-free bun for any burger or sandwich.
'Beyond the Bun' offerings include salads and entrees like mac and cheese, seafood, noodles and grain bowls. And there are plenty of sides like poutine, tots, fries and veggie dishes.
For those who need the calories for competition, or for those with a raging sweet tooth, you can enjoy a boatload of cookies, upside-down cheesecake and Nutella nachos.
Only two inside bars are open at the moment, but Buckowing said the two outdoor bars should be open by March 17, weather permitting.
An extensive selection of beverages is available for all tastes like handcrafted cocktails, assorted mules frozen drinks and shots like the (what else?) Pickleback: Foundry Vodka with pickle juice and celery salt.
Beer and cider are available on tap or in cans and bottles, and wine can also be ordered.
But if you're feeling extra-sociable, you can order Socia-Bowls in two sizes — they are sharable cocktails in a range of flavors, including the Purple Nurple made with blue curacao, watermelon pucker and cranberry juice.
Or you can order an industrial-sized vat of Bainbridge Island Tea with vodka, triple sec, rum, gin, tequila and lemonade with a splash of Pepsi.
Court 7 Munchery at Smash Park
Location: 6625 Coachlight Drive, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.