Welcome to Des Moines, all you NCAA fans, game attendees and DSM newbies!
Anytime I visit a new city my mind wanders to food – where would the locals eat? What do they recommend? Where are the hidden gems? I’m sure you can relate.
The following are my downtown go-to spots, mostly a walk or Uber ride away from the NCAA hustle & bustle. Coincidentally they align with all the various meal times, including brunch.
Coffee at Scenic Route Bakery
Lunch Tacos at Malo
Ps. I’m going here today – maybe I’ll see you there!
Beers at Exile Brewing
Highly recommend the Hannah beer. (No, I’m not biased.)
Champagne (Fridays) at Americana
Toast to Friday by going to Americana. Go all out with a 1/2 price bottle or just $4 champagne cocktails. Otherwise, they make a mean Moscow Mule which is a nice compliment to the nachos.
Happy Hour at Eatery A
Between 3 to 6 p.m. it’s 1/2 off pizza, wine (+ bottles) and beer. Yes, every single day. Be sure to order a pizza for yourself and don’t plan on sharing.
Dinner & Drinks at RoCA
Two words: Smoking Gun.
Two more words: upcoming post. RoCA has small plates and delicious drinks. You will not be disappointed. I’ll share my love for this place in an upcoming post.
Brunch at Eatery A
You’re up and probably hungry… stroll on back to Eatery A for their brunch.
“A little something” at Palmer’s Deli & Market
Be sure to tag your Des Moines NCAA adventures with #CatchDSM.