Foodie 515: Des Moines Restaurant News, 1/1/24

Des Moines food news, January 1, 2024

Hey, 2024? Please shuffle the presidential campaign shitshows out of Des Moines ASAP. Thanks.

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Des Moines Openings, Closings, and Such

🎆 Happy New Year, DSM! 🎉

  • Opening
    • Wasabi is opening their Urbandale location soon. That makes five in the metro and one in Ames. A second Ames location is opening soon too.
    • A food truck named Tacos Tijuana will likely hit the streets of DSM soon, if it isn’t out there already.
  • Events
  • Closed
    • I missed this one, but Rolling Smoke BBQue in Pleasant Hill closed permanently. Hubster and I went a couple of times, and it was good stuff.
    • Fancy Breads closed permanently. Now, I’ll be honest; I’d heard of it, but I know nothing more than the name. So, visit that Reddit link for more information.
    • Chain: Old Chicago in Ankeny closed. It was the last one in the metro, but there’s still one in Ames.
      • That said, if you want deep-dish pizza, there’s still Giordano’s (never again for me) or, better yet, 7 Stone in WestDesWaukeeMoines. 7 Stone has caramelized crust, and it’s as close as you can get to Pequod’s in DSM without dropping $90 via Goldbelly.

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WTF, Des Moines?

  • I’ve added Destination Grille and The Beerhouse to my list of places I, personally, do not patronize under my values-based consumerism approach to the economy. I’ll leave it at that.
  • I, for one, will not be visiting the new for-profit, chain aquarium in WDM when it opens. Both Google Maps reviews and Reddit threads show me exactly what I feared would be the case with this zoo. I barely trust zoos in general. I was horrified to see the condition of the koi pond at our local zoo. I can’t imagine a chain zoo would be much better.

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