Des Moines Restaurant Week 2011: 10 days of delicious dining deals in Des Moines

It’s not often that 36 local restaurants come together for one mouth-watering reason, but thanks to the fourth annual Des Moines Restaurant Week, that is exactly what is happening.

Pasta at Centro during the 2010 Des Moines Restaurant Week.

From August 19-28, 2011, Des Moines Restaurant Week’s participating restaurants are offering up their fabulous fare for diners at a ridiculous rate. As a part of Des Moines Restaurant Week, top chefs from across the city are creating unique, fixed-priced menus for 10 days only.  For only $25, diners can enjoy two lunches or one three-course dinner at all of the participating restaurants. Each restaurant is serving up different meal options, but all are sure to create a palette pleasing experience.

There are tons of talented chefs in Des Moines, but as a young professional I don’t always have the budget to eat at some of the restaurants that catch my eye. Des Moines Restaurant Week gives diners a cost-effective way to dine out at some of Des Moines finest restaurants and to celebrate the great tasting cuisine the city has to offer. The restaurants I’m excited to try for the first time include: Baru 66, BOSLucca, Mojo’s on 86th, and Zingaro.

Last year, as a part of Des Moines Restaurant Week, I had the opportunity to try a few new restaurants. Here are my tips for making the most of the your Des Moines Restaurant Week:

  • Make a 10-day game plan.The lunch options are easy on the pocket book and the dinner options are great for a date night out on the town! Planning which restaurants you want to try is important. With so many great options available, it’s impossible to try them all, so having a game plan is a must.

    Pollo con Prosciutto from Cafe di Scala.

  • Eat outside of your comfort zone. The menus and participating restaurants for the week are diverse and the pricing is great – it’s the perfect time to try something that you wouldn’t normally order.
  • Go with someone you like. …That way they will let you taste their dish as well! Two birds, one stone.
  •  Check out the different menu options before you select a restaurant. The menus for each restaurant are available online, and they’ll give you a great starting point as you’re looking for something new to try.
  • Tip well! You’re saving money on the meal, so make sure that you take care of the servers accordingly. The servers (especially in the smaller restaurants) are knowledgeable of the food they are serving; don’t be afraid to ask them questions about your meal.

Wait, there’s a prize too? Make sure you save your receipts during Des Moines Restaurant Week. Diners who submit at least four Restaurant Week receipts are eligible to win a grand-prize trip for two to California’s Sonoma Country. The getaway package includes: a three-night stay, up to $400 each for two airline tickets, tasting passes to Sonoma County wineries, and gift certificates to two restaurants, all thanks to the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information about Des Moines Restaurant week, which is presented by dsm Magazine, Business Record and Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, click here.

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  1. Angela Ten Clay

    Love all the places you are going! Lucca is delicious, and I’ve been wanting to try Baru 66. The chicken con proscuitto is exactly what I had at Cafe di Scala, and it’s the best!

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      Emily Beckmann

      Maybe you, Levi, Michael and I should do a double date night at Baru 66 in the next 10 days! 🙂 Let me know if you’d be up for it and we’ll make plans.

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