Mahi mahi tacos at the Walnut (served on Fridays) include fish, red onions, avocado and wasabi garlic ginger sauce. Photo: the Walnut
After a tough year for tourism, Catch Des Moines released its list of places to check out in 2021. Called “The Catch List,” the lineup features date night ideas, family-friendly locations and more—everything you need to plan a staycation. Here are a few spots that caught our attention:
Simon’s: Catch Des Moines calls this bistro and bar one of the worst-kept secrets in town. Serving up Italian fare like steak de Burgo and chicken Florentine, Simon’s is located west of the Beaverdale neighborhood.
Historic Valley Junction: With warmer temperatures, now would be a good time to walk around Historic Valley Junction’s myriad shops, ranging from boutiques to art galleries. You can also wander over to the Hall for a dinner and beer.
The Walnut: Sometimes lost among the many restaurants around the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, this spot is offering a special menu during the pandemic, including sandwiches, burgers and tacos. You can also grab a drink during happy hour, 3-6 p.m. every day.