Last week, I highlighted six 'bests’ of the year, along with a number of enticing trends that emerged on the Des Moines dining scene in 2010. Those picks were just a few of the notable finds in a year of great dining. Here’s a selected list of highlights from other venues that, during 2010, received 'worth a visit’ ratings or higher, or were otherwise mentioned favorably in 'Top of their Game’ or 'Also of Note’ stories.
Great in 2010: 33 can't-miss Des Moines restaurants
W.E. Moranville/Datebook DinerDecember 22, 2010
It’s worth reading the chef’s fresh sheet, which lists the daily fish and shellfish specials — the classic steakhouse does fine seafood food, too.
On a budget? Consider the “hand-helds” — enjoyable options in the $10 to $15 range.
Lurking on a mostly indulgent menu are a few more healthful options, including a good balsamic-glazed chicken.
Polenta, steamed blue mussels and a veal piccatta salad stood out on the often-changing menu of Des Moines’ most romantic restaurant.
Exotic Asian and Southeast Asian food at admirably affordable prices.
Solid brunch/weekend lunch items are drawing crowds downtown. For easygoing evening dining, sit in the lively lounge and enjoy an Italian meats and cheese platter and Centro’s fabulous bruschetta.
The prime rib buffet won’t send gourmands swooning, but it is a fair deal for the price.
Casual-yet-thoughtful burgers and sandwiches hit the mark for weeknight dining.
Good brewpub food in an atmosphere that successfully combines warming nostalgia with an energetic buzz.
Competent, Iowa-portioned French food, exceptional service and a where-it’s-at ambience.
Thrilling drinks, mostly solid food and a dashing and contemporary Latin vibe.
Mighty fine $3.99 margaritas, super-fresh guacamole and the burritos ranked high at this casual, recently relocated restaurant.
The popular Beaverdale barbecue spot proved its kitchen knows how to do some good fish dishes, too.
Nice surprises here included a brittle-crust pizza, a fine Cuban sandwich and a healthful-yet-satisfying buffalo burger.
The beef-noodle combo and the shrimp-crunch roll provide a thoroughly satisfying lunchtime break.
Casual yet high-quality, handcrafted lunches at very reasonable prices.
Fresh, fascinating Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes (including great Bahn Mi sandwiches) in a super-casual spot.
This hip Drake-area coffeehouse is taking great care to serve high-quality casual food, including weekend brunch.
Chicken kabobs, the falafel salad and a lush version of hummus stood out here.
An off-the-beaten-path place for some of this city’s best Thai food.
Enjoy good-for-the-price casual food and beautiful views of Lake Panorama.
Broasted chicken, brisket and smoked meatloaf (Wednesdays only) received an enthusiastic thumbs up.
Good choice for “more than a burger/not quite a bistro” dining.
The baked cavatelli especially garnered raves at this white-tablecloth venue.
This roadhouse serves good broasted catfish, chicken and other casual fare.
Enjoy contemporary, dressed-up takes on sushi at this sleek and modern Ingersoll hotspot.
Fresh, hearty and handcrafted Bosnian food in a casual yet inviting atmosphere.
The pizza, meatball sandwich and lasagna are good bets at this cozy neighborhood spot.
This place remains special-occasion worthy for sparklingly fresh seafood, but also does a great steak.
Good weekend brunch found here, including an omelet with roasted red peppers, spinach and goat cheese.
Go high or low at this easygoing neighborhood spot. The smoked chicken cannellini especially stands out.
A handsome venue to enjoy a great range of food, from casual sandwiches to the opulent Steak Caroline.
Great barbecue served at one of the city’s most pleasant spots for outdoor dining.