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.