Dine High or Low, by the Water

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Above: Fleming’s has a flair for beef, whether it’s a fine steak entree or, in this case, a filet mignon sandwich served in the bar or on the deck.


By Wini Moranville


I’ll never say no to a table by the water. While Des Moines offers neither an ocean nor an abundance of lakeside tables, we do have a river as well as a pleasant man-made pond that will do just fine–especially when you consider what’s on the menu. These two spots are at opposite extremes of the dining spectrum, but both are worth the attention of any fan of alfresco dining.

• Captain Roy’s at Birdland Marina: If you work downtown, consider biking to this good-natured bar-grill for lunch. Snag some wheels at the B-cycle station at Brenton Skating Plaza, and you could get there in about 15 minutes (Captain Roy’s is just off of the Neal Smith bike trail). Enjoy a satisfying burger-and-curly-fries kind of lunch on a deck that overlooks the Des Moines River. Captain Roy’s is at 1900 Saylor Road, 615-631-2223; Facebook: captainroys1

• Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse: Recently, Fleming’s unveiled a new Bar la Carte menu, with extravagant delights such as a filet mignon sandwich ($28), prime burger ($14), lobster croquettes ($12), lamb chops ($29) and a sliced filet mignon and potato waffle ($28). Here’s some more great news: This bar menu is served not only in the lounge, but also on the patio (which overlooks the lake at Jordan Creek Town Center). Fleming’s Prime Steak House is at 150 S. Jordan Creek Parkway; 515-457-2916; flemingssteakhouse.com.

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