Food and Drink
Harvesting edible plants on public land would be a human right under a proposed resolution presented to the Des Moines City Council Wednesday.
Why it matters: The measure, which was recommended by the city's food security task force, would help provide residents with resources to grow their own food.
- It may also drastically change the landscape of Des Moines.
A new, intimate cocktail bar is opening in the East Village this holiday season.
- Do Not Disturb is a chill hangout space where you can listen to vinyl all nightlong, said Nick Tillinghast, a partner with Des Moines Does Things. It's inspired by Japanese listening bars.
There are lots of places to spend your pizza money in Des Moines. In the Drake neighborhood, Dough Co. Pizza is a solid choice — especially if you're looking for a lunch deal.
- 🔥 My spicy-loving heart went with the Pepperoni Popper Pizza — a play on America's most beloved appetizer.
What I liked: These New York-style slices are fold-in-half huge, but the quantity doesn't compromise the quality.
- This hit all of my pizza standards: Hot, gooey mozzarella cheese. A quality, thick tomato sauce. Yeasty crust with a little bit of chew.
- The blend of toppings makes it special — salty bacon and pepperoni + crispy onions and jalapeños are obviously a winning combo.
Pro tip: During lunch, you can get a slice, breadsticks and a drink for $7.
Open: 11am-9pm Sun-Thurs; 11am-10pm Fri-Sat; 2330 University Ave., Des Moines
Proudfoot & Bird opened this week on the first floor of Hotel Fort Des Moines and we're super excited to give it a try.
- It's in the spot where Django was previously located, 1000 Walnut St.
State of play: The hotel closed in 2015 as part of a $50 million renovation.
- The restaurant is the first piece to reopen.
The lunch menu: A few of the small plates included butternut squash soup ($12), truffle parmesan fries ($8), shishito peppers ($8)
Main dishes: Handmade "pasta du jour" ($15), grilled pimento cheese sandwich ($12) and a burger with applewood bacon and local cheddar ($16).
⏰ Weekdays: 11am-2pm and 4-10pm (until 11pm on Fridays).
- Weekends: Saturday: 10:30am-2pm and 4-11pm; Sunday 10:30am-2pm and 4-9pm.
Fun fact: The restaurant's name honors the hotel's original architects, Willis Proudfoot and George Bird.
Pop-Tarts scream childhood nostalgia, and baker Jess Anderson's twist on these toaster treats has turned into a local success story.
- But like any good story, these hand pies were born from a situation that didn't start so sweet.
One thing missing from the new Lauridsen Skatepark? Food vendors.
- But a Polk County proposal could change that.
Why it matters: Food and fun are great teammates. Vendors and more special events could help make the venue pop.
Tofu is our versatile friend and at Akebono 515, the Japanese restaurant in downtown Des Moines takes a playful spin on it by transforming the thick soy sticks into "tofu fries."
We all know what to expect when ordering a burger: a patty, buns — maybe, a slice of cheese and a squirt of ketchup.
But just off Ingersoll Ave., in a pink and blue diner, Lachele's Fine Foods takes America's favorite meal and turns it upside down — transforming it into whatever zany theme or pop-culture reference they have in mind for their Special of the Day.
- Plus, specials break up menu monotony, keeping chefs energized and customers hooked on a you-must-come-in-now experience.
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