09 January 2013

Big City Greens-Downtown

Located inside the Capitol Square Building in Downtown Des Moines Big City Burgers and Greens gets a lot of patronage from the surrounding businesses in the Skywalk.  I'd been wanting to try out this place for awhile, so one day when I had an extended lunch break, Boston, another friend and her young daughter, and I ventured out.  Around noon, the place was packed-long lines and little table space, but the line moved fairly quickly and we did find a place to sit (thanks in part to the large number of folks who took their food to go).  

The concept of the restaurant is around designing your own salad or wrap or ordering from a set menu of burgers.  In line, there are paper menus and pencils you can pick up and mark your preferences.  I ordered a spinach wrap and customized from there with romaine lettuce, parmesan peppercorn dressing, corn, tomato, beans, onion, and chickpeas with a side of homemade chips

Alba Restaurant-East Village Des Moines

Thanks to a last minute invitation to an art opening in the East Village, Boston and I showed up to the East Village last Friday without plans for dinner.  Driving in, we saw Alba Restaurant first and decided to try it out.  I'd heard good things from friends previously and knew I wouldn't be disappointed.  We were surprised that the dining room was almost empty at 6:30, but it filled to capacity while we were eating.  The space is flanked by two walls of windows looking out on east 6th and Des Moines streets and does not feature a lot of interior lighting which means in the middle of winter at 7pm, it was really dark-hence the lack of photos.

18 December 2012

Exile Brewing Co - Downtown Des Moines

Exile Brewing Co is a new brewery located in downtown Des Moines.  They opened in late summer 2012, so when you look at street view on Google, the place looks completely different! On the site, they've introduced a large beer hall and patio space in addition to the full brewery and restaurant. 

Shortly after they opened (a week to the day), Boston and I headed down to Exile Brewing Co to check it out.  We didn't realize at the time that they didn't have their own brews on tap yet, so we settled into the bar with some local favorites while we waited for a table.  Exile is begining to introduce their own beers now, so we'll have to make a trip to try those.

The menu is not particularly vegetarian friendly right now (though I see on their menu online, they have introduced a new menu item since we visited), but I will highlight the beet salad I ordered.  This was amazing.  It was market season for beets and they were shown off perfectly here.

03 December 2012

La Honte!

I'm so embarrassed that it has been 5 months since I last posted.  I've even been dining out!  I do have an excuse though.  Blogger has been rejecting my photos.  And blog posts about food without pictures of the food?  Boring.

I am going to work in the next few days to find an alternative way of posting photos so I can get caught up.  I have a lot of restaurants in the queue: two fun places in Lincoln, NE, King and I Thai, Louie's Wine Dive, Exile Brewing Co, etc.

Also in the news in Veggie Dining in Des Moines, we received an announcement that there is a new all vegan restaurant joining the mix soon. http://newworldcafedsm.com  New World Cafe is opening this upcoming weekend in the East Village area of Des Moines.  They have a menu up on their website and does it look good or what!

Another fun project going on is the development of a VeggieDesMoines iOS game application!  My partner, Boston, is not only a dedicated food eater, but also a talented computer programmer.  I've made the graphics and she's working on the final tinkering before her presentation.  I would hope the app will be up early in 2013.  Very exciting!

Thanks for everyone who has written me lately inquiring about my lack of posts or seeking out special food requests.  I'm here, alive, computer stuck, but still happy to talk to people about dining out in Des Moines!

23 June 2012

Noah's Ark-Ingersoll

Boston and I stopped in to Noah's Ark Ristorante tonight before heading over to the Fleur Cinema to see Hysteria (great movie by the way).

It was worse than disappointing. 

12 June 2012

Summer Sights in Des Moines

Less of a restaurant review and more of some suggestions and recent sightings in Des Moines told in photo essay!  Featuring Boston's home cooked meal, Beaverdale Farmer's Market, Open Sesame, and Gateway Market

A variation on Hungry Girl's Noodlicious Pancakes.  Featuring black beans

01 June 2012

Blind Faith Cafe-Evanston

A few weeks ago, we took a quick trip into Chicago to see Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and to see family.
 Oh, Mo Rocca?  We're likethis now

Boston's uncle showed us a great restaurant, Blind Faith Café in Evanston, north of the city.  It's an all vegetarian restaurant committed to the environment. See website: http://www.blindfaithcafe.com/ for more info.
I'm comfortably committed to The Chicago Diner as my vegetarian restaurant of choice in the city, but Blind Faith Café is definitely as good, if not better and is an excellent choice when you are outside the city and don't want to mess with traffic or transport.