If you call Des Moines home, you already know about our “little” big city’s incredible food scene. Over the past decade, Des Moines’ food scene has matured, featuring menus from both hardworking up-and-comers and award-winning chefs. From hidden gems to notable hot spots, you won’t have any trouble finding an amazing meal. Here are a few Trilix employees’ favorite Des Moines eateries:
Abby — Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. A must try for the steak lovers out there!
Abe — Marianna’s. For the best and freshest Mexican food in town, you can’t beat this spot at 13th and University. Start with the guacamole (with cucumbers), then get a couple (okay, make that three or four) steak with spices tacos. You’ll be back the following day for more. But don’t tell my wife that I told you about this gem — she doesn’t like crowded restaurants!
Alyssa — Sakari Sushi Lounge. Sakari’s best kept secret is their chicken wings! They are my all-time favorite. On top of that, they have awesome sushi rolls and happy hour specials, and are very generous with sake bombs!
Annette — Fire Creek Grill. This is a great place for lunch or dinner if you’re in West Des Moines. They have awesome salads, their coconut shrimp is the best and the atmosphere is very relaxing.
Ashley — Exile. For the food and the beer! Their grilled chicken sandwich on a pretzel bun with avocado and bacon is amazing, and the Exile fries are a MUST. Not to mention their atmosphere is great — especially the beer hall and patio.
Austin — Tumea & Sons. My fiancé and I are obsessed. They’re family owned, and the food is incredible. The cozy, laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect choice for any night of the week. And with it being a stone’s throw from Graziano Bros., you know you’re getting good, fresh ingredients.
Brent — RoCA. They have very flavorful dishes that you can either share with your table or keep to yourself. They also have interesting mixed drinks to try.
Courtney — Mi Patria. This Ecuadorian restaurant sits in an unassuming strip mall in West Des Moines, so I didn’t know about it for a long time. But now it's one of my favorite places to eat. Every dish I’ve tried is packed with flavor and so delicious. (My favorite is hornado con mote.) Bonus: my family is gluten free, and we can eat most menu items. The staff is super friendly and very accommodating.
Dallas — Casey’s General Stores. Nothing even comes close to their pizza!
Haley — Centro. The first time I had Centro was when I was on a college visit to Drake, and since then, going there always has something to do with celebration (big or little).
Jana — Granite City. This is a family favorite — my kids love it.
Janelle — El Rodeo. This Mexican restaurant is a great place for the whole family. The food is good, and the kids stay entertained with the chips and queso!
Jenna — Malo. I love their tacos and the fact that you can try different kinds in one sitting because of their portion size. It’s a fun atmosphere, and if there’s a wait, you can just hop in to the Social Club or West End Salvage. Also, they have tot’chos (tots + nachos)! Who wouldn’t want to eat that?
Megan — Table 128. I promise you won’t regret a visit to this West Des Moines gem. This is my go-to when I’m celebrating or when I’m in the mood for a delicious meal. Their small menu changes regularly, and I have yet to order anything I haven’t liked. I tell all of my friends and family about this place!
Michael S. — Krunkwich. Simply because it’s amazing!
Paul — Guru BBQ. I appreciate this different take on BBQ in Des Moines. It hits the spot for me. Their brunch and Korean tacos are amazing.
Travis — Wasabi Chi. Spicy edamame + great sushi rolls + cold Japanese beer = favorite sushi spot.
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