I may be visiting Des Moines this weekend from MSP. I know nothing of the city. I'd be attending the symphony in order to catch up with an old friend who is coming into town and performing with them. So I have a couple of questions.
First, my reading suggests that I should get a pork tenderloin sandwich at Michaels in Beaverdale. I can't locate a Michael's in Beaverdale, but I can locate a Michael's Restaurant and Lounge on Urbandale Ave. I'm thinking they're the same thing. Are they?
Second, since we'll be right downtown, are there houndish suggestions for a convenient place where two adults can have a quiet well made cocktail, some splendid chow, and a conversation without smoke and raising our voices? This last because my friend is a vocalist, and will want to avoid smoke and shouting. Minnesota, for good or ill, has pretty much outlawed smoking, but I have no idea about Des Moines.
Cuisine and price range aren't big factors, though open late might be. We're more interested in catching up with a quiet drink, and first rate nosh, but I don't want to run into someone in two weeks what tells me after the fact, 'Oh, Des Moines? Did you go to...'
And I am keeping an eye on the Des Moines thread down the page.
Last, any don't miss chow opportunities off I-35, MSP-Des Moines?
Thanks for any and all info!