Des Moines Restaurant Week 2014: Top-Notch $25 Meal Deals

Pork Cheeks from Alba
It’s time for a fancy date night, Des Moines. Or maybe a week of swanky date nights? Des Moines Restaurant Week starts tomorrow! It’s my favorite week in Des Moines…by far. How can you beat $25 for top-notch, mouth-watering, locally prepared meals? For two lunches or one three-course dinner, pay only $25.

DMRW is the perfect excuse to try some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. Each restaurant will offer different menu items and specials. View the full restaurant week menu here!

Take time to plan out your 10 days of dining deals with this handy planner. (I’m totally into planning ahead, so I decided this little sheet would be a helpful guide!) Click on the following link to download the DMRW Planner.

Restaurant Week 2014 -Participating Restaurants

  • Alba Restaurant – Contemporary American food, gooey chocolate lava cake, superb wine list, rich gnocchi [visit website]
  • Baru 66 – French fare made with local ingredients (On my #DMRW2014 list for 2014!) [visit website]
  • Bistro Montage – Contemporary French cuisine, located on Ingersoll, noteworthy salmon and crepes [visit website]
  • BOS – Local ingredients, comfort food, located in a historic hotel (Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel) [visit website]
  • Café di Scala – My “go to” date night spot, contemporary Italian cuisine, located in an old Victorian house [visit website]
  • DMRWPlannerSmallGraphicCentro – Italian eats, coal-fired oven pizza, handmade pastas, classy and high-energy environment [visit website]
  • City Center Lounge (Des Moines Marriott Downtown) – American food, everything from burgers to steak [visit website]
  • Cityscape Lounge (Holiday Inn Downtown) – Million dollar view of Des Moines, located in a downtown hotel
  • Cosi Cucina Italian Grill – Wood-burning pizza oven, romantic spot, all-encompassing menu [visit website]
  • Creme Cupcake + Dessert – Sweet and modern, “Cupcake Wars” participant, refreshing cocktails [visit website]
  • Django – Everything from oysters to burgers, no corkage fee, charcuterie plates, killer happy hour [visit website]
  • Dos Rios Cantina & Tequila Bar – Chunky table side guacamole, Mexican food, salt-rimmed margaritas [visit website]
  • Eatery A – Mediterranean-inspired menu, best happy hour specials in Des Moines, wood-fired pizza [visit website]
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar – Prime beef steaks, fresh seafood, large selection of by-the-glass wines [visit website]
  • The Gramercy Tap – Unique cocktails, juicy burgers, specialty pasta and duck dishes [visit website]
  • HOQ – Hyper local ingredients, fresh and unique food combinations, farm-to-table [visit website]
  • Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse – New lake-front location in Des Moines, high-end steakhouse [visit website]
  • Le Jardin – French bistro, modern and clean, local ingredients prepared with unexpected twists [visit website]
  • Lucca – Pillowy gnocchi, exposed brick walls, romantic atmosphere, savory pasta dishes [visit website]
  • Malo – Latin-inspired flavors, churros and chocolate, well-crafted tacos and enchiladas [visit website]
  • Proof – Mediterranean cuisine, innovative dishes, ice-cold cocktails [visit website]
  • Raccoon River Brewing Co. – Locally brewed beers, live music, pool tables and thick burgers [visit website]
  • Splash Seafood Bar & Grill – Fresh fish, oysters, perfect pre-Des Moines Performing Arts spot [visit website]
  • The Stuffed Olive – New joint in town, multi-martini menu, small plates [visit website]
  • Table 128 Bistro + Bar – Modern bistro, every Wednesday night is “endless wine night”, casual dining [visit website]
  • Tally’s Restaurant Bar & Catering – Rooftop patio, gluten-free options, mushroom risotto [visit website]
  • Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant & Bar – Low-lit, seasonal foods, menu for all palettes [visit website]
  • Two Rivers Grille (West Des Moines Marriott) – American food, breakfast/lunch/dinner, casual dress [visit website]
  • Wasabi Chi – Sushi and sashimi lounge, Asian food, sushi platters and specialty rolls [visit website]
  • Wasabi Tao – Giant golden Buddha statue, specialty cocktail menu, fresh hand-rolled rolls [visit website]

Have a great time exploring some of the best restaurants in town! What spots will you try this year?

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