Winns Pizza & Steak house

122 W Ashland Ave
Indianola, 50125
Reviews:
Ok so this place has a menu that is a little odd.... but it works. Gyros, pizza, and eggrolls. .. um ok why not (the eggrolls are more like lumpia-and delicious). The food is awesome the pizza is extremely good and different from most Iowa establishments. The personal is 10". The gyros are huge!. They also have a small salad bar. The staff is really friendly and happy to see you come in. A good mom-and-pop with really good food. *they make their own tzatziki sauce, something they are really proud of!*
First of all, when I walked in the door, I didn't have high expectations for this place. Anyplace that advertises themselves as a pizza and steakhouse is doomed to fail. I looked at the menu and it is wide and varied. Usually, this indicates a "jack of all trades; master of none" type of restaurant. But, I have to tell you, this place has excellent food. We had a party of 9 and everyone ordered different things from fish to pizza and steak. The pizza was very good and what I sampled of other peoples food was good as well. I don't get down to Indianola much, but I may have to start making special trips to visit Winn's.
This is the place you come for pizza. Winns can make a pie to rival any other, though exceptional pizza is only a part of the operation. A family style restaurant managed by a warm friendly staff keeps the well seasoned steak coming. Somehow through some series of magics, Winns blended traditional American with Asian and hit the bull's-eye. I look forward to coming here when passing through Indianola. My recommendation for visitors is do the same.

(515) 961-5757

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Pete’s Pizza

118 N Howard St
Indianola, 50125
Reviews:
great pizza, the beer is coldest around!
Indianola is lucky to have two pizza joints on the square: Pete's and Winns. For dinner I visited Pete's with a couple of friends. We split a large pizza (plenty for three people), and indulged in a pitcher of beer ($8.50). The vegetable pizza was cooked to perfection and finger-licking good; the crust was perfect. Frosted mugs were served with the pitcher of beer, very old school. My one large complaint about Pete's is the acoustics and resulting noise. When it's busy, it's tough to carry on a conversation without speaking loudly. The space is small and confined, and while normally I would call this cozy, it's a hindrance having to speak so loudly to be heard. Other than the noise, the ambiance is cool, comfy and sporty. And nobody can say that the games up front aren't cool. What better way to top off a dinner of pizza and beer than with some basketball? Don't let the exterior fool you! This place, though a bit dive-y, is clean, the service is great, and a lot of love goes into their pizza. Definitely worth a try for a casual dinner out. Come hungry.
Pete's has some awesome pizza. Thin crust, cornmeal on bottom, delicious sauce and good amount and quality of toppings. It's a small bar on the town square, and a fantastic place to eat. Small seating area, so be ready to wait if you are planning to dine in. The atmosphere is a ton of fun, and anyone would enjoy it. There's a little arcade in the entry area, which is fun for kids or adults!

(515) 961-7797

Pizza

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La Casa Restaurant

508 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, 50125
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THE best Mexican food in Central Iowa. Cozy and happy.
We periodically make trips to Indianola primarily for Theisen's and always stay in the area for lunch. This last trip, we decided to try out La Casa as the parking lot is always full when we pass by. It has to be good with that many cars! It was rather busy inside but they quickly cleaned a table and seated us. The place was bustling with people. The chips and salsa were nothing spectacular. Since it was lunch, we stuck to that menu. My husband had the Burrito California and I had the Chicken Chimichanga. Both were large and delicious. I loved the taste of the chicken filling and peppers inside mine. My husband's burrito was massive and I was surprised he could finish it. We will make more trips to La Casa in the future.
For mid-west Mexican chow its do-able, and the key word is mid-west where anything in a tortilla is considered Mexican. Unremarkable but stomach able. Not to say I know Mexican like a chef, however living on the west coast allows for some flexibility in this review, along for my love of Churros, Margaritas, and a well made Vampiro Taco. The prices are good the refried beans are canned and the portions are generous. They do have a slamming drink special on margaritas, so if your in town on the right day do not hesitate to stop by. Just be sure to take a cab, as the drinks will surely keep coming.

(515) 962-9422

Mexican

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Funaro’s Deli & Bakery

201 N Buxton St
Indianola, 50125
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Highly recommend this restaurant! I have had many of this dishes they offer and I am impressed each time! It's a must try! It's a great spot here on the Square in Indianola!
Just off the square in Indianola, Funaro's is worth a small detour for a tasty treat. I stopped in for just that last Saturday. The young woman behind the counter explained their selection of cookies and completely sold me on purchasing a half dozen for $5; cookies sold individually are $1 a piece. I tried their Snickers peanut butter cookie (a local favorite, she said), and chocolate/brownie, snickerdoodle, and chocolate glazed cookies. They were all fresh and phenomenal! The Snickers was my favorite: moist and soft peanut-buttery delicious. Their sandwiches are in the $7 range, a bit hefty; but I can't rate without trying. Friends say they are good and made with quality ingredients. The place is no frills, cozy, and oh-so local. Give Funaro's a try!
Average chicken salad sandwich. Ruben sandwich was good. 18 Bucks for two sandwiches is a little too pricy for me, especially when the sandwiches are only average. Lunch should be like 5 or 6 bucks each.

(515) 961-7627

Bakeries, Delis, Sandwiches

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Uncommon Grounds

111 W Salem Ave
Indianola, 50125
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This is the closest thing I've found in Indianola to the coffee shops of home. Free WiFi, friendly service, and a nice location make this my go to joint in town. It's nice to grab a table and watch the activity on the square while reading or working on my laptop. They have a nice variety or coffee and teas, and I've heard good things about their pastries and food but haven't tried them for myself yet.

(515) 961-9681

Coffee & Tea

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A & W Family Restaurant

109 E 2nd Ave
Indianola, 50125
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Having grown up in San Francisco, I never had a chance to frequent restaurants where you park and order your food from a machine located right next to your parking spot! So I was very excited to come here and get the experience people had decades ago! It was a busy night but there were still some vacant parking spots for us to park, order and eat. I ordered the onion rings and a cheeseburger. The food was good and service was fast! They take credit cards and cash here which is a huge plus! We left full and happy!
Stopping at A&W is a fun throw back to childhood. I enjoy their many options instead of just "fries" for the side of anything. If you're eating inside you go to the table and when you're ready pick up a phone handset there to call in the order. Be prepared for sticker shock however. This isn't your mom and dad's A&W. Anything other than the basic burger and fries will set you back what a dinner at a regular café might. But the nostalgia, genuine A&W root beer floats and tasty options make this a place to go for a special treat.
Wonderful family owned burger joint...my mom actually worked here like 60 years ago. All the classic burger n fry choices plus they have fantastic broasted chicken!

(515) 961-3553

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Garage the

118 E Ashland Ave
Indianola, 50125
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Pretty decent little local establishment...popular with locals. Age range seems to be 20's-30's. Has been recently renovated so is clean and smoke free . Has an outdoor covered patio area that has occasional bands.

(515) 961-9026

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Pizza Ranch

1709 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, 50125
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As far as buffets go, Pizza Ranch is all right. I don't know I'd pay full price to dine there again, but they do offer a nice range of meal items and pizzas. One big drawback: not very many vegetarian options besides the salad bar (which was actually pretty good). The pizza itself is tasty, but nothing incredible. The desert pizzas were delicious and quite possibly addictive. It took much will power in me to not go back for more apple pie pizza. For Indianola, it's par for the course and a fine establishment. Don't love it, but I might go back sometime.

(515) 961-7492

Pizza

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Brickhouse Tavern

107 N Buxton St
Indianola, 50125
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Cute enough establishment, but Not the best experience.. first, the fried/breaded chicken wings.. took one bite and discovered..it was FROZEN along the bone inside.. flagged down our server and I said, "it's frozen" she's touched it and agreed and apologized and offered to remake.. we were hungry so we said OK.. mgr. dropped them off with an additional apology.. which was fine.. We actually tried 4 different items) none of which were tasty.. but we'll focus of the " star of the show"...that "Taco Pizza" supposed to be a specialty or some sort? Aside from it being just bland and tasteless, it looked like kids from grade school decided to make a pizza...there were 3-4 inches of some type of doritos -style chips (at least ) piled high on this thing and I mean all over the entire circumference of the plate it actually had a slope like a mountain or a "mound" haha..I'm guessing there could have easily been 1 full bag? 2 maybe? crushed up? ..clueless really. How could anyone think this would be appetizing or appealing? You could not see anything else on the plate other than these ridiculous chips! They also thought it was a good idea to give you ice cold "condiments" on the side so I guess once you've brushed off the chips then you can squirt that "ice cold sauce" onto it? My understanding from what the server described was that our "sauce" would be "on" the pizza.. ? or are you supposed to squirt that on top of the chips? Whatever. it was a mess! literally! I've probably spent as much time writing this review as "effort" was put into the entire thought process from conception / execution (haha) of that pizza or anything else for that matter on this menu...The beer on draft was OK though
Good food at reasonable prices. Wasn't as good when it first opened, but seems to improve every time I go. Crab Rangoon pizza is a great app...
My experience at Brickhouse was neither great nor awful. It was extremely basic and perfunctory. Their menu is pretty common place for most mid-level restaurants like TGIFridays and Chilis. Mainly they seem to specialize on baked pastas and pizzas. When we arrived, I almost immediately left. No one has bused about 6-8 tables throughout the restaurant and bar leaving a terribly eye sore. We decided to sit in the bar and had to wait about 10-15 minutes before one of the three servers running around decided to stop by our table. The food we ordered was just ok. Spinach dip was pretty tasty and the pizza we had was eatable. The crust is pretty bland and flavorless, but the toppings seemed fresh enough. Also, they have no beer on tap there. This disappointed me since I like a freshly pulled beer with my pizza but oh well. It was fine for the evening but I won't be going back.

(515) 962-5025

Italian

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Sports Page Bar & Grill the

1805 W 2nd Ave
Indianola, 50125
Reviews:
As far as the bar goes, it's a great one for Indianola. One of the only places in town that'll make you a Moscow mule. They didn't have Guinness on tap however, which always disappoints me. As for the food, it's pretty decent. I tried some of my friend's cheese curds and they were amazing! I had a pasta dish that was pretty tasty, if not terribly inventive. For Indianola, it was all around pretty good.
Not impressed, good is fair, drinks reasonable but a weak sports bar. Doesn't even have DIRECTV and no NFL Sunday Ticket. There are better choices near by. Much better.
Don't waste your time with this place. I've had 2 bad experiences at this place and definitely won't be returning. My fam and I were going to go to a 1:45 movie yesterday so we met at Sports Page at 12 noon, thinking that would be more than enough time. Nope. It was busy and we waited about 20 minutes for a table and once we were seated, we ordered our food right away. After waiting for a little over an hour, 3 of the 6 people got their food. about 15 minutes after that, the other 3 did. I dont care if you're swamped or not, an hour and 15 minutes is unacceptable. The wait staff was frantic and noticeably under-staffed. A guy wearing a tee shirt and shorts, who I assumed was some sort of manager, was running around like a crazy person. I ordered the SpinArt Chicken sandwich with fries. The fries are very mediocre; nothing special about them at all. The sandwich was absolutely pathetic. First of all, the white toast it was on was burnt. Like black burnt. Unedible burnt. The chicken breast on the sandwich was literally 1/8th of an inch thick. The tomato on the sandwich was thicker than the chicken. I can't believe anyone who calls themselves a chef would send something like that out of their kitchen. I wish I had taken a pic of it. I wouldve complained but I was in a time crunch and decided I'd just be done with this place. If you're in Indianola and need a place to get greasy food, go to A&W down the street. At least the food will be quick and consistent and you'll get a little nostalgia there.

(515) 961-5771

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