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My Three Favorite Restaurants In Des Moines, Iowa

My Three Favorite Restaurants In Des Moines, Iowa

| April 11, 2019

Provided by Terry Garland and written by Indigo Marketing Agency, a non-affiliate of First Allied Securities, Inc.

While Iowa is known for open lands and corn fields, Des Moines is a place of its own. Not only is it the state capital, but it has also evolved into a hip and trendy place. The food scene especially has exploded. Some of the top restaurants have been featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Swanky dive bars are highly celebrated. Not to mention, the Des Moines Farmers Market draws in tens of thousands of people each week.

As a local, I would love to tell you all about my three favorite restaurants.

801 Grand Steak And Chop House

This is absolutely the place to get a delicious steak and impress your date too. Located in one of the tallest buildings in downtown, the 801 Grand Steak and Chop House provides upscale American dining with a big wine selection and beautiful city views. In addition to the prime rib and the filet mignon, enjoy classics such as the wedge salad and their take on mac-n-cheese.

Flying Mango

Imagine taking BBQ and giving it some Caribbean flair with a dash of Cajun cuisine. This is what the menu looks like at Flying Mango. It’s no wonder they were featured on national TV with Guy Fieri! The brisket is smoky, tender, and full of flavor. Their Memphis-style ribs are mouth-watering. For Cajun food lovers, try their shrimp and grits and Cajun catfish. You won’t be disappointed. In addition to all of the great food they offer, this place has great service and is family-friendly.


Django is the place to enjoy frites galore: duck frites, steak frites, and even moules frites (mussels). They specialize in French cuisine and offer an array of salads, soups, steaks, seafood, and desserts. Order any of their charcuterie boards to enjoy tasty cheeses and not-so-common meats such as Saucisson Sec (traditional French-style dry-cured sausage) and Country Pork Pate.

If you want to sample what they have to offer, stop by for one of their happy hours to enjoy their selection of draft beers, wine, or martinis along with their appetizers (one of them is a charcuterie board!).  

Let’s Talk

The next time you want to try something different for lunch or dinner, I recommend any of these three spots. If you want an excuse to visit one of these locations, call us today at (515) 226-0115 or email to make an appointment to check up on your financial plan and then hop on over afterward!

About Terry

Terry Garland is the founder and CEO of Golden Capital Management with more than 25 years of industry experience. He works with individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses, and medical professionals, including physicians and dentists, allowing them access to a wide variety of specialized services and investment vehicles to fit their specific needs. He graduated from Drake University and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and is a registered principal. With offices in Des Moines, Iowa, and Carlsbad, California, he serves clients across the country. Learn more by connecting with Terry on LinkedIn.