Foodie 515: Des Moines Restaurant News, 2/12/24

Des Moines restaurant news for 2/12/2024

Des Moines, what shape makes the best pizza slice? 🍕 Say rhombus. I dare you.

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Des Moines Openings, Closings, and Such

Des Moines: Good Eatin's sign, photo credit G.G's Chicken and Waffles
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  • If you don’t know about the Road Tips blog, I recommend it. The guy has been blogging since October 2005. He’s one of the OG food writers, as far as I’m concerned. Now, I have no idea who he is. He could be my mortal enemy, for all I know. And I’d probably still be checking out the blog.
    • Do I have a mortal enemy? Yes. It’s called gravity.
  • If you’re looking for food trucks, Food Trucks DSM is your best resource.
  • I mentioned Roots 95, and I need to talk about Flame the Cantina again. I love it. It feels weird to be excited about Mexican food at a shiny eatery in Ankeny, but damn, y’all. We ate there again last night, as it has become a part of our regular rotation. They have mocktails that make me happy. We both stepped out of our norm and ordered salads. I got the Mexican chopped salad, and he got a taco salad. They were spot-on good. That place never disappoints!

WTF, Des Moines?

  • If it seems like my enthusiasm is gone this week, then you’d be right. I’m unable to cope with the Iowa State Legislature right now. Uncommon Goods has a spoon rest in the shape of Iowa, and it’s blue. I yearned for a blue state, y’all. Via spoon rest. Please help me.

Food Fights

Who has the best pizza in Iowa? Well, Iowa Starting Line’s Nikoel Hytrek wrote a piece covering what the publication’s audience said about that question. What do you think of their take?

I was pleased to see Sonny’s Pizza Bistro make the list. However, 7 Stone isn’t on there, and I do wish more people knew it existed. Cosi Cucina is another pizza haven locals are sleeping on.

Even if I didn’t have values-based issues with Gusto, I do not agree that it’s some of the best pizza in the area. It was a novelty at first, and I enjoyed it, but my last time, it was meh.

Hm, maybe it’s time for a pizza playoff? Until then, argue below about what shape makes the best pizza slice.

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