Jethro's BBQ

With locations across Greater Des Moines, Jethro’s a great place to dine while visiting. Whether you’re looking to take on the world-famous Emmenencker Challenge, attempted by Man vs. Food star Adam Richman or a slab of ribs, Jethro’s is a great place to try!

Fong’s Pizza

Serving up some unique Asian-inspired pizzas, Fong’s is the quintessential spot to grab either a whole pizza or just a slice. Start your meal off with some Chinese Cheesesticks, followed by a Crab Rangoon or Mac & Cheese pizza and finish it with some Raspberry Cheesecake Egg Rolls!

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

Check out Zombie Burger for another “As Seen on TV” gem right in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Zombie Burgers is serving up some of the best burgers around town. Open until midnight during the week and 2 a.m. on the weekends makes Zombie Burger a great place to stop for a late-night bite.


Stop by the bar for a drink, play some arcade games and have a slice of pizza at Up-Down. With a newly opened second floor, Up-Down has a game for everyone. Check out their multiple pinball machines, giant Jenga and their Nintendo 64 while you’re there.

Tipsy Crow

Located right off of Court Avenue, Tipsy Crow is a great place to get a drink, relax on the patio during the first taste of spring and sample some items off their BBQ menu. With a spacious patio, delicious smoked meat, a full bar and live music, Tipsy Crow is a must stop in Des Moines.

Hello, Marjorie

If you’re looking for a unique twist on classic cocktails, check out Hello, Marjorie. Featuring cocktails, wine and beer, Hello, Marjorie has a drink for everyone.

The Stuffed Olive

Dishing out some of the best martinis around (there are more than 100 on the menu), check out The Stuffed Olive. Don’t forget to order from their extensive tapas menu during your visit.

Krunkwich Ramen House

Krunkwich Ramen House is another hotspot located in downtown Des Moines. Serving up Korean cuisine with a twist, make sure you order the Krunk Tots before you leave!

Flying Mango

Located just northwest of downtown Des Moines, Flying Mango is another “As Seen on TV” restaurant. Featuring a menu of award-winning BBQ and Caribbean-inspired flavors, don’t miss the 24-hours brisket or the Louisiana Platter.

The Hall

Featuring food trucks, great drinks and board games, The Hall is a top spot in West Des Moines. With different food trucks pulling in each day, The Hall always offers a unique menu and experience. Come by on the weekends to hear some live music as well!