Fine Dining in Des Moines
If you live in Des Moines, Iowa, or are just stopping by, you should try out some of the excellent fine dining options that Iowa's biggest city has to offer.
If steaks are your thing, 801 Chophouse is the place to go. Brian Dennis, the Executive Chef, creates a new menu each week highlighting the freshest seasonal meats, seafood and vegetables available. Open for dinner from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. during the week and on Saturdays, and from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays, this chophouse features an interior designed to resemble that of a classic 1920s New York City steak house, with beautiful hardwoods and period light fixtures. If you are a wine lover, do not miss the extensive and sensitive wine list, calibrated perfectly to match the appetizers, entrees and desserts. Find 801 Chophouse at 801 Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines.
For a meal that is a little more contemporary, you might want to swing by BOS, a new American restaurant located in the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel downtown at 401 Locust Street. BOS features a breakfast buffet in the mornings, lunch from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and dinner from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. every night. Executive Chef John Andres takes a fine dining approach to preparing comfortable, familiar foods, such as chicken pot pie and pepper-seared Iowa beef filet with Maytag cream, and uses local ingredients whenever possible. The bar associated with the restaurant, Monihan's, is a particular gem, and features a number of whimsical and classic drinks, some of which are made using local spirits.
For classic French cuisine, try Django, which promises "All French--no attitude." This restaurant, located downtown at 210 10th Street, under the control of Chef/Owner Gerge Formaro, features classic French dishes, such as steak frites and duck cassoulet, as well as more cozy fare, such as "Le Hamburger" and the The Django Dog, a housemade sausage with celery root remoulade and crispy bacon. Whether it is fancy or homey, though, your meal at Django is definitely delicious, starting with the bread that comes to every table as soon as you sit down. In the best tradition of French bread, it is crisp on the outside and pillowy soft in the center. The entrees are delicious, too, especially the beef preparations like the Niman Ranch pork chop with au poivre sauce. You want to save room for dessert, for the French desserts are well worth eating.