- 316 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309
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- (816 ratings)
- Monday Closed(November 5th- March 4th) Lunch Monday-Thursday 11a.m.-3p.m. Dinner Monday-Thursday 5p.m.-10p.m. Friday&Saturday 5p.m.-11p.m. Closed Sunday
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There's no mistaking that Dos Rios is the place to be seen right now. Decor is sleek and modern with hanging metal star lamps and giant vases filled with river rocks in place of the cactus-and-sombrero theme we're used to seeing at Mexican restaurants.
A wall of windows links patrons to Court Avenue, giving the place an urban feel. The backlit bar showcases the more than 200 tequilas available.
The bar filled up by about 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday with a well-dressed after-work crowd. Most ordered margaritas or other cocktails and munched on appetizers.
THE TWO DRINKS
Our bartender, John, showed us the tequila menu and explained that you're supposed to sip tequila (yes, really) along with a shot of sangrita, a lime-y drink similar to bloody Mary mix. I couldn't tell much of a difference between a $7 shot of Corralejo and an $11 shot of Frida Kahlo Reposado. But I imagine tequila is like wine: The more you taste, the more you learn.
If you want to sample multiple tequilas order a flight ($19-$24). To become a real connoisseur, sign up for monthly "Tequila University" courses. The first is Nov. 14. Cost is $50.
On another visit, I sampled a Dos Rios Margarita and a Mojito. Both were good (I especially like the sugar cane stirrer in the mojito), but for $9 each I expect the best margarita in town.
Chef Hal Jasa mans a kitchen that prepares upscale Latin food. The full menu is available at the bar.
The well-advertised guacamole prepared tableside is excellent, especially with a basket of seasoned tortilla chips. Order the Tres Salsas, too - the sweet green version is the best. Entrees are pricey ($24 for shrimp enchiladas), but you can put together your own affordable dinner with $3-$5 tacos and $3 side dishes, such as black beans and corn cakes.
Skip the overpriced margaritas and learn about the tequilas. And do it with a side of seasoned chips.