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August 22, 2017

Catch Des Moines
Iowa Taproom
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By Addison Bratvold

The 2017 Solheim Cup will bring thousands of people from Minnesota to Greater Des Moines this August. When you aren't spending your time on the golf course, there's no shortage of things to do and delicious places to eat. Make your trip to Greater Des Moines your best vacation yet. Here are a couple of things you can experience while visiting this August.
Culinary experiences are one of the top reasons visitors come to Greater Des Moines throughout the year. With a growing restaurant scene that ranges from crazy concoctions to high-end dining, foodies can experience unique eateries and cafés. The best part? The 2017 Solheim Cup overlaps with a few days of Greater Des Moines Restaurant Week which runs August 18 -27. This means that visitors can enjoy more food for less. For dinner, $28 gets you a 3-course meal or two lunches from a long list of delicious Greater Des Moines restaurants. As we get closer to August, you can find a list of participating restaurants at dsmrestaurantweek.com.
If you are looking to experience a few delicious restaurants while in Greater Des Moines, there is no shortage. If you want to kick start your day, try Americana. This downtown spot is known for their Bombshell Brunch that's served on Saturday and Sunday which features a grilled cheese bar, omelet station, and bottomless Bloody Mary's. Another weekend brunch spot is Jethro's BBQ. Traditionally known for their sandwiches and BBQ options, their brunch has grown in popularity because of the extensive menu and serving sizes. Jethro's has six locations across the metro serving up food all day and night. If you are feeling really hungry, take a shot at the Adam Emmenecker Challenge featured on The Travel Channel's Man vs. Food.
When it comes to lunch and dinner, you can go adventurous or classic. Fong's Pizza is a Greater Des Moines staple serving up their famous Crab Rangoon Pizza. Pair it with a tiki drink for the full experience. They serve up slices day and night at their downtown and Ankeny locations. Zombie Burger may get you out of your comfort zone too with unique burger creations and zombie-themed décor. Try the "Walking Ched" which features a fried mac and cheese bun and a spiked milkshake. It's these creative eats that have landed the restaurant on the Food Network and the Today Show. The burger joint's original location can be found downtown with two additional spots in West Des Moines and Ankeny.
For fine dining, add Centro, Alba and Table 128 to your list. Centro is a downtown urban-Italian eatery that serves up brunch on the weekends and lunch and dinner daily. Enjoy everything from pizza to pasta. Nestled right near West Des Moines is Table 128, which offers great food and an extensive wine menu. Try the angry donuts; you will be glad you did. Then there is Alba who boasts one on of the best chef's tables in the country according to USA Today 10 Best. They serve up delicious food inside and out on their patio in the Historic East Village.
Breweries, Tap Rooms And More

If craft beer is your thing, then head to El Bait Shop, which offers 222 beers on tap. The beer bar features both indoor and outdoor seating and a great menu, which includes bacon, wrapped tator tots, burgers and more. It was recently named the #2 Best Beer Bar in America by USA Today 10Best.

If you want to get a taste of Iowa craft beers than Iowa Taproom is a must. With more than 120 Iowa beers on tap, you can sample breweries in the metro and across the state. Plus, they have great food too! Of course, you can get the full brewery experience at places such as Exile, Confluence, 515 Brewing, Madhouse, Firetrucker, Court Avenue and more!
Attractions/Things To Do
There are plenty of reasons to come in early or stay a day late when you head to Greater Des Moines! The award-winning Iowa State Fair will be in full force during the 2017 Solheim Cup. If you have never been, it's a must-experience! The Iowa State Fair boasts hundreds of food-on-a-stick, live music and entertainment, rides, and much more. Try a s'more on a stick or a pork chop on a stick!
If you are bringing the kids, then Adventureland Park should be added to your list. Admission to the amusement park gets you access to dozens of rides and Adventure Bay, the attached water park. Check out the newest rollercoaster, The Monster, which features a 101-degree drop.
Place your bets at Prairie Meadows Casino Racetrack and Hotel. Live horseracing takes place Thursday - Sunday in August and is open to all ages. Of course, you must be 21+ to place bets. You can also venture in to the casino to test your luck or check out live entertainment, which takes place throughout the week.
Do more for less and request a Catch Des Moines Fun Pass. The Fun Pass will get you discounted rates at Adventureland Park, Blank Park Zoo, Science Center of Iowa, Chocolaterie Stam, Iowa Cubs and Valley West Mall. Of course there are plenty of free things to experience as well. Stop by the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a 28-piece art park in the heart of downtown. Guided tours are available or an audio tour is online. The Des Moines Art Center and Moberg Gallery are two great, free places to check out art. If you are around on Saturday, you must swing by the Downtown Des Moines Farmers' Market. Located in the Court Avenue District, the market features hundreds of Iowa vendors selling everything from produce, home décor, breakfast burritos, and so much more.
There's plenty to experience in Greater Des Moines. Find a complete list of attractions, events and activities at catchdesmoines.com and search #CATCHdsm on Twitter and Instagram for trip inspiration!

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