The town of Ames, Iowa, is a hub of fine-dining, cultural destinations, and beautiful University buildings. Take a look at our list of the best dining to plan your visit when next in town.
The Café aim for excellence in every aspect of their restaurant, from the pastry chefs and bakers to the front of house staff, and you’ll be tempted in purely by the scent of the freshly-baked bread. It’s evident that they value craftsmanship in every aspect of their dishes, buying from quality suppliers who employ traditional techniques such as casing sausages and smoking meats over wood fires. The dessert menu includes intriguing reworks of classic all-American sweet treats such as mojito mousse and eggnog. The restaurant is particularly popular for their brunch menu, which runs every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 2pm and changes seasonally.
The Cafe 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA, USA, +1 515-292-0100
Hickory Park Restaurant Co. was established in Ames in 1970 and has since become a true institution of the local dining scene. The classic feel of the restaurant is accentuated by vintage decor and posters, making it a nostalgic, convivial place to be. Their speciality is hickory smoked meat and BBQ dishes, but they also provide an extensive but affordable menu, including plenty of vegetarian options, gluten-free dining and a dessert menu. It’s a favourite for locals who have been coming here to celebrate special occasions for several generations. The place is usually bustling with people, making it the perfect place to experience Iowa hospitality.
Hickory Park 1404 South Duff Avenue, Ames, IA, USA, +1 515-232-8940
West Street Deli
The West Street Deli provides the perfect pit stop for lunch in Ames. They offer a huge range of sandwiches in generous portion sizes; house favourites include steak and blue cheese and Cajun tuna melt. They also supply a build your own sandwich option, which is a world away from the equivalent sandwiches at chain restaurants. This venue is hugely popular locally with students and non-students alike, so make sure to get there early in order to get a seat.
West Street Deli 2810 West Street, Ames, IA, USA, +1 515-268-4605
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