Reviews written by broox

Derek Brooks gave Pho K&K 4 Stars

My wife and I checked out the new Pho K&K for the first time this evening.

First of all, it still kinda looks like the former pizza places that inhabited this spot. The kitchen is still open, which... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Ankeny Lanes 2 Stars

Ankeny Lanes is a small, 12 lane bowling alley run by a nice old couple.

Of the 2 times I've been here they've been missing something. The first time, they didn't have their liquor license, the las... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave The Sports Page 3 Stars

The sports page was a little more of a family restaurant than I expected. The bar area is not very bar-like at all, but there are plenty of TVs, the burgers were excellent, and the beers were big.

Derek Brooks gave Ducktail Lounge 4 Stars

Duck tail (a woohoo!) is one of those bars that sorta feels like somebody's basement. They have dark wood paneled walls, 1 pool table, couches around a fireplace, etc.

They also have a full bar and... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Appare Japanese Steakhouse 2 Stars

There are 2 parts to appare, the hibachi and the sushi.

I'm not a huge hibachi fan, but I've been here twice for hibachi and it was great. I've been here plenty more times for sushi and have been c... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Trostel's Dish 4 Stars

Trostel's Dish is an upscale "small plate" restaurant in West Des Moines.

Every time I come here I find 1-2 ridiculously amazing dishes and 3-5 "ok" dishes. Most of the food here is very heavy on o... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Sbrocco 5 Stars

Go on a date here and eat the finest prepared meals in Des Moines while enjoying quality beverages.

Sbrocco is an excellent wine bar that picked up the one of the best chefs in Des Moines, Andrew M... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Bogie's Pub 3 Stars

Bogies is a small sports bar that sorta feels like a ski lodge. It has several TVs, pool tables, foosball, shuffle board, video games, giant jenga, money on the ceiling, etc.

This place is definit... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave GoodSons 4 Stars

Goodsons is a high quality bar that makes solid martinis, has some of the best paninis I've ever had, and has great beer on tap.

It can get a little loud later in the evening (the service seems to ... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave KC BBQ 3 Stars

I know nothing about KC BBQ's... barbecue, but I do know that they make a great Chicago Dog.

So if you're craving a Chicago Dog in the middle of Iowa, you should stop by KC BBQ and grab one.

I... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Big City Burgers 4 Stars

Great location, nice decor, solid burgers, and good soup.

The (tasty) salad seemed a bit small for the price.
The lunch-only hours kinda make me sad, but it's probably smart given their menu, scen... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Samurai Sushi and Hibachi 4 Stars

My wife and I checked out Samurai last night after we found that Miyabi 9, Waterfront, and Zen were all closed on Sundays.

We showed up around 7:30 and the place was pretty dead... so service was g... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Gazali's 4 Stars

As far as gyros go, these are the best I've had so far in Des Moines. They're not crazy oily like Ted's, and they're packed with meat. Can't wait to try the falafel and the hummus. The hours were c... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Miyabi 9 5 Stars

Wow. The sushi here is amazingly good. The fish is super fresh, the rolls are great, and the presentation is also pretty good.

Miyabi 9, is located in a typical long, narrow suite of an east vill... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Zen Noodle and Sushi Bar 4 Stars

First let me preface that I am huge Taki fan. The service I recieve at Taki is ridiculous. Those guys are always showing their semi-regular customers a great time.

This weekend my wife and I deci... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Bill's Pizza 1 Star

Bill's Pizza is surprisingly closing.

I was in the other day and noticed the little oval Bill's signs on the glass were ripped off, then the pizza paddles behind the counter with the caricatures we... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Liars Club 5 Stars

I finally got to check it out last weekend and loved it. Some may disagree, but this is exactly what downtown Des Moines needed - a "club" not owned by Smithson.

As far as first impressions go: th... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Ranallo's on 3rd 5 Stars

Due to bad weather last night, my wife and I decided to find a new restaurant close to home, which led us to Ranallo's on Third.

There is virtually 0 information on the internet for Ranallo's, bu... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Drink: The Original Fun Bar 3 Stars

I've been stopping into Drink for over 3 years now. At first I went all the time, but now it's more of a "It's my buddy's birthday, and it's Thursday" type of spot.

Drink is setup to be an awesome... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave When Pigs Fly 4 Stars

When I walked in for lunch today I was a little confused... I wanted to go up to the counter and put in my order. However this is a "sit down and get served" restaurant (aside from paying, which is d... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Ohana Steak House 4 Stars

I visited Ohana for the first time this weekend. The reviews here, along their impressive website had me pretty excited for the visit. In fact, they may have set my expectations too high.

Once I ... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Encore Pizza 5 Stars

This place used to be called Pizza Oven, which was opened by former Detroit Lion Dennis Gibson and a partner. However, Pizza Oven didn't quite make it, so the partnership closed.

Shortly after, Gi... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Ankeny Diner 3 Stars

This is your typical diner - old fashioned, old women waiting tables, and good, crappy breakfast food.

It sort of smells like a hotel pool mixed with cigarette smoke (since it's attached to a Best ... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Wok in Motion 3 Stars

I've only been to Wok in Motion once, but I will have to disagree with the comment saying that this is "best sushi in town." The rolls all seemed to have too much rice and not enough ingredients. Pl... (see full review)

Derek Brooks gave Huhot Mongolian Grill 4 Stars

I've also noticed that HuHot's fish is a little more "fishy" tasting than most places. Salmon shouldn't taste that way. Stay away from the fish, unless it's shellfish. The calamari, shrimp, and cra... (see full review)