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Dining in Des Moines

From American and Mexican to Chinese and Italian, Des Moines, Iowa has the dinners that your palate craves.

For American food in Des Moines, you can enjoy food from one of the national chain restaurants such as Applebees, which specializes in burgers and sandwiches, the Australian themed Outback Steakhouse, which specializes in steak and chicken, or Bennigans, which offers an upscale dining experience. Or if you so desire, you can satisfy your palate in one of the Des Moines originals such as the upscale 801 Steak and Chop house, which is known for its superb steaks. You could also enjoy a burger, sandwich, or salad in the more casual House of Bricks. For a themed meal, consider the Victory Lane Motorsports Cafe, which serves cafe fare with a Motorsports theme, or the upscale retro Drake Diner, which specializes in diner style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

For great Barbecue consider Sammie Jack's Barbecue and Blues or one of the chain restaurants that can be found in the surrounding area such as Famous Dave's or Bandana's.

If your palate is craving the spices of Mexico, consider Plaza Mexico for traditional Mexican fare or the Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge for a unique take on Guadalajaran flavors. For the tastes of Santa Fe and amazing margaritas, consider dining at the family owned El Patio.

For great Italian food, consider Gino's Restaurant and Lounge which specializes in Italian style seafood and steaks, or the Trattoria which specializes in the traditional dishes of Northern Italy. For traditional Italian dishes in a casual atmosphere, consider dining at either Michael's or Orlondo's.

If you are looking for food from Asia, then Des Moines has what you are looking for in A Taste of Thailand for Thai food, or Pho Ha Dao for Vietnamese Pho soup. For traditional Chinese cuisine, consider dining at the Mandarin Chinese Restaurant, which has been given a four star rating by previous guests.

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