Read dsm’s top online stories from 2021

Fresh strawberries and cirtus Chantilly cream top the Liege waffles at RC’s Diner. Photo: Duane Tinkey

You, our readers, have told us time and again that you turn to us for dining news. Indeed, of the 10 most-read online stories of 2021, seven are food-related:

1. Coming soon: The Breakfast Club. This restaurant opened in the East Village in Dumpling Darling’s old space in late January, serving breakfast cocktails and twists on classic dishes. Co-owner Josh Holderness told dsm he hoped the Breakfast Club would create a space and concept that appeals to a range of customers. “As you travel, you often see breakfast places that are packed on a Tuesday morning with various age groups, demographics—one side of the room having a business meeting and other groups casually having a great time,” Holderness said.

2. Two restaurant leaders join forces for RC’s Diner. Two powerhouses in Des Moines dining, Joe Tripp of Harbinger and Simon Goheen of Simon’s, combined their strengths and opened this Windsor Heights all-day diner last summer. The menu, with dishes such as a latke flight, nods to Tripp’s Jewish roots. Cozy and intimate, the renovated space has tall booths accented by brightly colored Midwest-made paintings.

3. New all-day restaurant coming to downtown. Tupelo Honey Cafe is planning to open in the Miesblock Building on Grand Avenue in February or March 2022. The North Carolina-based chain originally planned to come to Des Moines two years ago, but the pandemic delayed its arrival. Soon enough, Des Moines diners will have the chance to try dishes like Honey Dusted Fried Chicken and Bourbon Peppercorn Glazed Meatloaf. Visit their website to sign up to receive updates on the opening.

4. Ode to 40 years of Des Moines dining. 5. Meet Hannah Wagner. 6. Try these 9 Black-owned restaurants. 7. Social Security increases tempered by Medicare deduction. 8. Pricey properties. 9. Go au natural at the Cave DSM.10. Parlor brings taste of Detroit to Des Moines.

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