I think the atmosphere at Jethro??s is great. It looks down-home like a bbq place should, but has tons of flat screen TVs and appears to be quite clean. Wood beams and a big bar make the place feel open, a big plus for a campus spot.
So, the location is right and the atmosphere works, but here??s the real question: what about the barbeque? Pretty darn good if you ask me. I had the brisket melt and smothered it with Jethro??s Secret Sauce. The meat was tender, the sauce was flavorful and there was the added bonus of cheese. Quite nice. And for an authentic and thoughtful touch, it was all served on a blue & white tin that looked like it was plucked straight from the country.
Not a big fan of barbecue? Jethro??s also offers other typical sports bar favorites such as nachos, burgers and salads. And what will make any Drake alum happy is that the new campus spot is true to our school and even has menu items named after Spike and Adam Emmenecker. I??m already looking forward to stopping there before cheering on the Bulldog boys this year!
Sbrocco is my new favorite restaurant. We went for dinner on Friday night and everything was excellent -- food, service? WINE!
Seriously, the Escolar Espana is one of the best fish dishes I??ve had in a long, long time. And the Moroccan Shrimp and Salmon Oscar my dining partners ordered also were quite tasty. We had stellar service from both our server and the manager too, and the wine selection is out of this world.
Perfect to watch a sporting event with big booths and lots of TVs. The menu is no frills, but full of sports bar favorites. Go at lunch time for the pizza buffet!
It's sometimes tough to go to a restaurant that has food you truly cannot find elsewhere in Des Moines. Even when you get to the better dining establishments, everyone seems to have their variation on filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, chocolate flourless cake and so on. Not the case at Tag Grandgeorge's Le Jardin -- everything here is quite unique and quite delicious.
Decadent crepes, chicken topped with black truffle oil, polenta fries and pate I actually enjoy make this one fabulous new restaurant. And since the food makes such a bold statement, it seems alright that there's a somewhat stark, industrial atmosphere. While it's not a place where you'll want to cozy up all night long, the La Mie-by-day, Le Jardin-by-night atmosphere works with a minimalist, urban feel.
Another thing that will make diners happy is that this spot is affordable. Many often associate French food with high-dollar prices, driving most away unless it's a special occasion. Again, not so at Le Jardin, where even the bottles of wine are all under $40. I was, however, quite happy to hear that the owners were working on a reserve list. A welcome expansion to the short, but sweet wine list.
So, the verdict here? An excellent addition to Des Moines' restaurant scene. Merci, Le Jardin!