Earlier this week, T and I met my grandparents for dinner at the newest downtown Des Moines restaurant, Americana.
T and I loved the ambiance. I'd describe it as very 'old school classy.' Rich colors, warm lighting, leather booths, 50's paraphernalia.
I had already checked out the menu online (because I'm a foodie like that) and was excited to try some tapas and possibly an entree.
We ordered the cheese plate to start out with.*
It had a blue cheese, aged cheddar, montengo, 2 types of brie, olive tapenade, a tomato salsa, a fruit compote and a few toasted pieces of bread.
Each of the cheeses was delicious. The aged cheddar and montengo were harder but with bold flavor. I particulary liked the brie topped with a little fruit compote.
Everyone loved the olive tapenade the best!
*We were so hungry we just scarfed the plate and I forgot to get a picture.
We each decided to order up some entrees as well.
I ordered the Americana burger. Classic bacon cheeseburger, topped with aged cheddar and friend onion rings (I skipped the rings). It also had a tomato compote and aioli that I ordered on the side. I requested marinated vegetables for my side. The waitress said the vegetables are seasonal so they can change daily depending on what came in- I liked the idea of variety!
Everything arrived looking very tasty!
The fries were seasoned with sea salt and rosemary. Very tasty.
After dinner, we took a stroll through the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
This is my favorite sculpture at the park. I tried to make it the background of the blog but I guess it' too big??
After we walked my grandparents to their car, we headed back to Americana for a post-dinner cocktail.
We heard that later in the evening the music gets a little louder and the lights a little lower...more of a club scene. I'm looking forward to checking that out sometime!