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Posted: 1/17/2017 10:17:47 AM EDT
I'm going to be at Camp Dodge/Johnston IA for the next few days. Any recommendations for a few good places to eat dinner within 20 mins or so? Thanks in advance.
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 1:07:55 PM EDT
There are quite a few places in the area. 2 main roads heading back towards the interstate have the most. Lots of chain restaurants in the area also.

On Merle Hay there is a good Mexican restaurant El Mariachi.

On 86th St there is a Jethro's BBQ.

Another BBQ place worth the drive (15 min) is Smoky D's just off the interstate on 2nd Ave.
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 2:29:14 PM EDT
Bandit burrito on merle hay just north of i80
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 4:00:02 PM EDT
Tasty Tacos for good, super casual, Mexican.
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 6:24:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/17/2017 6:24:37 PM EDT by yammerschooner]
I've been liking Cool Basil lately. It is at the corner of 22nd and University. (Asian)
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 6:25:10 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By CaesAR15:
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Agreed.
Link Posted: 1/17/2017 6:55:56 PM EDT
Nicks by Valleywest mall
Link Posted: 1/18/2017 4:00:28 PM EDT
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I try to grab a couple of their puffy flour tacos every time in the DSM area. They really are good.
Link Posted: 1/18/2017 6:55:08 PM EDT
Thanks for all the help. What about zombie burger?
Link Posted: 1/19/2017 3:05:28 AM EDT
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Thanks for all the help. What about zombie burger?
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I honestly think it's over rated, and it's pretty expensive for what it is.
I guess I would go once just to try it out if you haven't been before.

Skip the one in Ankeny and do the Des Moines location if you do decide to try it though.
Des Moines is better set up with more Zombie stuff i have heard. (I have only been to Des Moines location once, haven't been to Ankeny one)

We used to go to El Mariachi 2-3 times a week. Cheap and good food.

Smokey D's has good food and is crazy fast. (If you're hungry get the tenderloin, bigger than you're head)

Texas roadhouse is right down the road by the interstate. Awesome food and atmosphere.

My personal recommendation is to try Hu hot Mongolian grill in West Des Moines. It's about 10 min drive once on the interstate. (I'm addicted)
Link Posted: 1/19/2017 7:24:30 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By HAGDADDY:
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Yeah, it's overrated, but how could it not be? I mean, in the end, they are really just hamburgers. It's good, though.
Link Posted: 1/21/2017 1:46:48 AM EDT
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Ended up hitting zombie burger, Jethro's, and Guru's. Good food at all three. I had a good time in your capital city and really enjoyed my trip in your state. In fact, the only negative on my trip was driving thru Kansas City on the way up and back. Thanks for the suggestions.
Link Posted: 1/21/2017 12:51:23 PM EDT
No Tasty Tacos? You poor bastard.

Also, if you think you're going to leave this thread without telling us what hamburger you chose at Zombie, you are mistaken, friend.
Link Posted: 1/21/2017 2:18:36 PM EDT
Got the planet terror and cheese fries. Pretty good burger but the smoked rueban at Guru's was better overall. And Guru's had sone damn good cornbread.
Link Posted: 1/22/2017 12:37:13 AM EDT
Right on, brother.
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