Vegetarians can have it tough in Des Moines. We go out to eat with friends and family and sometimes there isn't much more than a side salad (hold the bacon bits please) on the menu for us.
Here's to taking a tour of Des Moines restaurants to find and review the best vegetarian food!
King and I Thai is a favorite restaurant of the whole family, so we stopped in on Thursday night for a bite to eat and some family time. The restaurant is located in a strip mall off of 86th St/22nd St (I've lived in Des Moines for 7 years now and I still don't know what the dividing line is on these two) just north of Westown Parkway.
We got the sublimely awesome summer rolls (why go for fried spring rolls when these taste so good?!). I'm not sure if it is the ingredients which taste so good (pretty fresh sprouts, carrots, egg, tofu, etc.) or the amazing sauces. There is a great sauce which is pretty sweet or the great peanut sauce. Or, of course, mix them together! The only problem with these summer rolls is that they are so big, it can make it hard to eat. I think we all did the good US American thing and put down the silverware in favor of hands, like a burrito.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the summer roll (just another excuse to return!), but I did get some of my dinner. Like most Thai and Indian places around Des Moines, King and I allows one to choose the type of meat or tofu to be included in the dish. And back in my "I dislike tofu" days, I could just request extra veggies. It makes for a great restaurant for mixed veggie/omni crowds because everyone can get exactly what they want.
I ordered the Heart to Heart dinner last night. A mixture of veggies (carrots, cucumber, red and green peppers, onion) with pineapple and tofu covered with a deliciously sweet sauce. It's not quite the typical sweet and sour sauce from Chinese food, but a good approximation for those who are trying to imagine. Last night, the dish was topped with sliced green onions which added an extra flavor to the dish. Some other great dishes I've had there include the Spicy Basil (Country Style) and Broccoli, but I'm sure most dishes are fantastic.
For those of you who are pescatarians, there are always some fish dishes and from what I understand, good sushi.
I also wanted to point out that King and I Thai is doing a fundraiser Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th to raise money to send to Thailand to those who have been affected by the flooding. All proceeds (not just profits) and tips will be going to the fundraiser, so it's a great time to go have great food and do good while you're at it.