Wanted to thank you two again for the help and suggestions for my visit to Des Moines.
Bob you were extremely helpful with the maps. I ended up going to Mezzodi's and Skips for dinner by myself. Easy drive from the hotel and much better options than the Bennigans or fast food around me. I was treated to Forty three. Also stopped by brewery next door to it and tried their sampler. Too bad I didn't get a chance to try the other pubs downtown though. Unfortunately Centro and Splash was on the agenda but didn't happen due to other reasons. I had collegues go the week after me and they said both places were very good.
Ken, the Stamm's chocolates were great. Not only were they good but the service was very friendly. Samples kept on being offered to me even though I wasn't even asking. The lady must had sensed a easy sale. I ended up buying two pounds of assorted and hand carrying them back to California. My wife loved them and I earned lots of brownie points.