I had a dentist out in West Des Moines for about two years. I hated it because the dental hygenist was so rough and took almost an hour to do a regular check up. I finally got fed up and switched to Dr. Elsner's office based on several recommendations from friends, and I'm sure glad I did! Everyone in the office is so friendly, and they make it easy to get in and out during a lunch break. They are thorough, yet gentle when it comes to teeth.
Certainly a major change from the Cabaret on 86th, the new Cabaret at West Glen is twice the size and features a massive martini list (with a fun book to look through). Its mostly smoke free...the smoking section is a patio area with pool tables while the bar area, booths, and tables is smoke free. But, you have to walk through the smoking section to get to the non-smoking section, which is a bit annoying.
Fun place - great for a night out with a few friends or a big party like a bachelor or bachelorette party.
The new comedy club's home in West Glen is a huge improvement from the old club on Hickman. Because of the snazzy new building, we actually had to pay for tickets - only 15 dollars; but that's a lot considering I used to go for free (along with 10 friends) due to one of their old promotions.
You can buy/reserve tickets ahead of time, but seating is available on a first come first serve basis with a host at the door that will tell you which table to go to. We went about 30 minutes early hoping to get good seats, but there was already a mob of people and once they started letting people in it was a matter of pushing yourself to the front. We didn't fight too hard and ended up with an average seat. There were four of us - two faced the front, the other two had to turn their chairs completely around. It was good we didn't strain our necks, but I almost forgot who else we were there with.
Comedians were good - especially a fellow called the doorman, who was the opener.
Nicks is a perfect lunch or dinner spot. With cozy, dark wood interior, the bar area offers a casual atmosphere perfect for a casual dinner out, while the regular seating area is perfect for a business meeting or special occassion. There is also a nice patio opened up in the warmer months.
My favorite meal...Asiago Cheese Dip for an appetizer and the spinach salad (smaller portion) with salmon for dinner. The asiago dip and the crisp pita chips its served with is fantastic! But, it's best if you have 3-4 people to share with; otherwise you'll never save room for dinner. They also have great burgers, sandwiches, seafood, and steak - don't think I've ever had a bad meal.
While I generally stick with a Boulevard Pale Ale, they also have some great martini and wine options.
You can always find a perfect gift at Calypso - from a funky chair to a traditional clock to artistic kitchen bowls and accessories, there is always something to buy for yourself or a gift for someone else.