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Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday – The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday – The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

Nov 5, 2014

As the days get colder, I have been looking for toasty new lunch spots. After trying the  ‘toasties’ at The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, I can recommend  this spot for a warm, inviting lunch this season. Tucked into the shops at Roosevelt, this tiny restaurant is packed with cheese, specialty products, and other oddities including pig hooves that line the...

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday: Woody’s Smoke Shack

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday: Woody’s Smoke Shack

Oct 22, 2014

After my post about my top 5 sandwiches in DSM, I had a lot of Facebook comments about other BBQ places I should try. So the other day for lunch, I went to Woody’s Smoke Shack. Tucked into the Drake neighborhoods at 2511 Cottage Grove Ave, it was actually a short drive from western downtown. As we walked in, a gleaming platter of peach cobbler at the front...

Why Eat at Chain at Chain Wednesday: Pho All Seasons

Why Eat at Chain at Chain Wednesday: Pho All Seasons

Sep 10, 2014

To me, Fall means the start of soup season. To celebrate the season, I went over to Pho All Seasons for some traditional Vietnamese soup. The building on East Euclid Avenue looks like another stand-alone fast food structure, but inside it’s been transformed. Glossy black tile floors and dark décor creates an chic, intimate ambiance. The menu overall seemed...

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday- Restaurant Week Recommendations!

Why Eat at a Chain Wednesday- Restaurant Week Recommendations!

Aug 20, 2014

Restaurant Week is upon us! This year I was very impressed by the amount of places serving lunch as well as dinner. I think this year, many of the restaurants decided to just do a lunch special instead of a 3-course lunch, which is fine by me! Here’s a breakdown of the lunch offerings. Bistro Montage Comes with crepe or sandwich from their regular menu plus...

Why Eat a Chain Wednesday: Blu Thai

Why Eat a Chain Wednesday: Blu Thai

Jul 30, 2014

Housed in the former Taste of Thai, Blu Thai Food and Sushi is a refreshing reinvention. Some friends and I entered Blu Thai for a weekday lunch and found it packed. Always a good sign. The seating arrangements looked the same, but the décor was decidedly more modern than it’s predecessor with framed foodie art on the bright orange walls. The restaurant is...