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Also, step out on Sunday Funday and grab some wine because Sunday night at Americana is BYOW night (bring your own wine) with no corkage fee. New World supports local farms and businesses, donates to activists and composts their food scraps instead of throwing them in the garbage. It may come as a surprise, but gluten-free pizza really can be delicious.Good food and good values — New World is the best of both worlds. Our readers think the best gluten-free pizza belongs to Gusto, and they come in the form of some of the most interesting combinations around. Runners-up: New World Café; Fresh Café & Market Best Italian Tursi’s Latin King With several awards to its name (and now 11 from Cityview), Latin King proves itself to be the people’s favorite Italian food in the metro. Runners-up: Tumea & Sons Restaurant; Centro Best Mexican Tasty Tacos If you’ve never been to Tasty Tacos, don’t let the name fool you — this place has everything from nachos to burritos to deep-fried mushrooms.2/25/2015Every year, Cityview holds its Best Of Des Moines contest to honor those people and businesses that are doing things right in the community.The awards have grown even bigger this year, with new categories and thousands of voters sharing their opinions on everything from the Best Onion Rings in Des Moines to the Best Outdoor Live Music Venue.But it’s the dozens of other noodle and dessert salads that really seal the deal. Runners-up: John & Nick’s Steak & Prime Rib; Hy-Vee Best Wine Selection John & Nick’s Steak & Prime Rib From sparkling dessert wines to rich reds, John and Nick’s sells just about any bottle you can imagine. Runners-up: Louie’s Wine Dive; Django Best Power Lunch Centro When looking to load up on carbs of the most delicious variety, our readers don’t look any further than downtown’s Centro. Runners-up: Palmer’s Deli & Market; Chicago Speakeasy Best Place for a Lunch Tasty Tacos It’s easy to find a cheap lunch at Tasty Tacos, where every item is less than the mark, but still delicious.Whether dining in or taking it to go, you’ll find every option here. Wines from regions around the world appear on the two-page list, most of which can only be purchased by the bottle, but our readers say it’s worth every penny. It’s Italian menu features fresh ingredients and unique combinations that leave every stomach happily full at the end of the meal. For a fast meal that won’t put much of a dent in the wallet, the voters consistently choose this local favorite. Runners-up: Tacopocalypse; Hy-Vee Best Place for a Dinner Zombie Burger Drink Lab When it comes to getting quality food for a low-budget price, Zombie Burger comes in with the win. Runners-up: A Dong; Tasty Tacos Best Place to Chow After 2 a.m.
They aren’t afraid to have a conversation with you and always check back to ask how your food is tasting. The Drake Diner has this idea down to a tee, and proudly advertises that they welcome all of their customers like family. If the food doesn’t keep you coming back for more (unlikely), the fun environment will definitely draw you back. Runners-up: Chef’s Kitchen; Flying Mango Best Ingersoll Area Restaurant Eatery A Eatery A is a mixture of classy and trendy, with plenty of fabulous food.
If you’re looking for a new experience and dying to try something new, head over to Taki and get a taste of Japan. The menu is not all that extensive, but the items it does have are all house favorites, as evidenced by the amount of voters who choose it again and again. They’ll enjoy a good conversation with guests and try to make them laugh with impressive food tricks, which makes the experience fun and exciting for everyone at the table. The restaurant is black and red and classy all over, with prime USDA steaks on the menu that make it a favorite destination for meat lovers everywhere. The staff knows many customers by name, and the cooks make the food almost faster than customers can order it. 515-279-4341 Runners-up: Jethro’s BBQ; Perk Up Café Best Delicatessen Palmer’s Deli & Market Palmer’s is a Des Moines favorite for lunch, dinner and everything in between. Runners-up: Hagar’s Manhattan Deli; B&B Market Best Burger B-Bop’s Iowa’s favorite burger restaurant takes the win yet again.
It offers a long list of homemade sandwiches, a variety of freshly tossed salads and more types of pasta salads and cold salads than a person could possibly desire. It’s like the ’60s all over again, only with better food and no roller skates.
It’s won hundreds — literally hundreds — of awards for BBQ, so you can bet they make a mean rack of ribs. Runners-up: Jethro’s BBQ; Woody’s Smoke Shack Best Tenderloin Smitty’s When it comes to tenderloins, the voters say Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop is the only place to go. Runners-up: Nick’s Tenderloin; Jethro’s BBQ Best Soup Palmer’s Deli & Market The ever-changing soup menu at Palmer’s Deli makes it a favorite in this category year after year.
Since 1967, three generations of the Smith family have been serving large breaded tenderloins that beat all others. Palmer’s Chili, Wisconsin Cheese, Chicken Enchilada and Tomato Basil Ravioli are just a few of the many options that change daily at Palmer’s. Runners-up: South Union Bread Cafe; Gateway Market Best Cheese Store The Cheese Shop With more than 100 artisan and farmhouse cheeses available, readers voted The Cheese Shop the Best Cheese Store in this new category. Runners-up: Gateway Market; Hy-Vee Best Bar Food Star Bar Knocking the High Life Lounge out of first place, the voters have made Star Bar this year’s winner — no doubt for its variety of classic bar food and ethnic options. Runners-up: The High Life Lounge; Francies Best Bistro Fare Bistro Montage The French-inspired menu at Bistro Montage wins this award year after year for nine straight titles. Runners-up: Django; La Mie Bakery; Table 128 Bistro & Bar Best Appetizers Jethro’s BBQ For the second year, Jethro’s takes home the award for Best Appetizers. Runners-up: Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure; Java Joe’s Best Salad Bar Chicago Speakeasy In the second year of this category, we’ve seen as many winners.