LT Organic Farm & Restaurant

3241 Ute Ave
Waukee, 50263
Reviews:
Delicious, unique food with a lot of flavor, and very nice people. I'd like to give it 5 stars because they seem like good people and I love the concept, but nearly $20 for a plate of food served on a picnic table is a bit steep. I think if they dropped their prices just a bit they'd probably have quite a bit more repeat business and, even though there would be slightly less profit per plate, there would be more profit from local people coming back because they felt like the meal, price, and overall experience were worth it.
On our way to get gas, we spotted the sign that lead us to the most pleasant lunch experience that we have had in a long time! A perfect day to sit at a shaded picnic table and enjoy fresh organic food. We will make this our lunch stop every time we come through Iowa!
Ok If I could give LT Organic Farm Restaurant 10 stars I would!! Seriously...the environment and food and the kind loving service is the best ever. We saw a sign for Organic Farm Restaurant on the highway so we pulled off and made the short 1mile trek to this idyllic little farm. We were warmly greeted when we arrived by the lovely chef . We sat outside at the covered picnic tables after having played with the adorable chickens ...the hens coupled w the symphony of the cicadas melted the stresses of the week away. The food was amazingly delicious and you could FEEL the nutritious energy with every bite! If you get a chance .. Come here! This is a center for learning about the healing qualities of food and preventive medicine. We also picked up some beautiful organic lavender and lemongrass beauty products. This gorgeous farm is proof that sometimes heaven really is found here on Mother Earth. :)

(515) 987-3561

Health Markets, American (New), Indian

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Tsing Tsao

160 SE Laurel St
Waukee, 50263
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I've eaten here a few times and have always had fast and friendly service. The food is very good, with big portions and good prices. I've ordered takeout a couple times and it's always fast and hot.
Great food for the price. The lunch meal includes soup,crab Rangoon,and a spring roll. The owner is there daily and for the money you can't beat it. I just wish they had wonton soup for the daily soup choice.
We tried this location for the first time tonight and were very pleased. We called in our order for 3 dinners and 3 cups of soups and it was ready in 15 minutes for pick up. It only cost $20.24 and everyone was very nice on the phone and upon pick up.

(515) 987-6017

Chinese

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H’s Pho - Waukee

286 Hickman Rd
Waukee, 50263
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My daughter and I tried H's Pho for the first time this weekend and loved it. It's very cute and very clean. The staff were welcoming, friendly, and attentive. I ordered the Pho with rare beef and tendon. My daughter ordered Chicken Fried Rice. It was all delicious, with lots of fresh herbs and so many different levels of flavor. What a relief to find such a good restaurant in Waukee. In fact, it was so good that we ordered it for dinner the next day. AND THEY DELIVER.
Mmmm! I had a hankering for something fresh and yummy for dinner so I gave this place a try. I took it to go so I didn't get the whole experience but I will say, the food was great. This place has been open almost 1 year and I hope they are doing well. I enjoy having a Vietnamese option so close to home. I ordered the dumplings and a rice noodle, beef, egg roll dish. It was just right. My total order was around $13. I'm glad I finally gave this place a try. I will putting this into my restaurant rotation AND they deliver within 7 miles.
What a great little place in Waukee! I always crave pho when I'm feeling sick, and we didn't feel like making the trek downtown to another (also good) Vietnamese restaurant, so we tried H's for the first time...and are so glad we did! We ordered potstickers to start, my husband had combination fried rice, and I had the tofu and veggie pho. The potstickers were good, the fried rice was the best we've ever had (flavorful and just perfectly cooked), and my pho hit the spot! The service was a little slow, but it's a family run restaurant, and they were working very hard. Also were very nice and friendly. We didn't mind that we had a slower paced dinner either. The restaurant is clean. The bathroom is extremely clean! We are already talking about when we can go back!

(515) 987-7571

Vietnamese

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Fresh Mediterranean Express

15 NE Carefree Ln,Ste 13
Waukee, 50263
Reviews:
If I lived in the area, I'd definitely be back again. It was clean, fast, healthy, simple good food with a Greek/Mediterranean influence. They had cucumber water out the day we visited - delicious. (Cucumber slices in ice water.) Adds such a nice flavor to plain old water. The owner had mentioned trying out different flavors too. They just opened three weeks ago, as of this review. Go check them out for lunch! Not cheap, but not terribly expensive, and likely a whole lot healthier than the other options in the area.
I really like these Mediterranean fast food places showing up. They offer a healthier alternative that tastes good for a reasonable price. This one served me a very fresh falafel pita sandwich. They offered a wide choice of items and the falafel was hot. The sandwich was not as easy to eat as what they serve at a Garbonzo's, but it was very good. The staff was very friendly. It would be nice if the suggested toppings from the selection available for new clients.
Having never been here before, I was a little thrown back when asked at the drive-thru, "What dressing with your Greek salad?" (Greek?). As it turns out they do not have Greek dressing. At the staff's suggestion I tried the cilantro lime. It made for a delicious salad. And the small side of hummus was perfect in both size and taste. I will be back!

(515) 987-6870

Mediterranean, Moroccan, Greek

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Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

33 NE Carefree Ln
Waukee, 50263
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Some of the best Chinese food you will ever have is made here. I've eaten at some very good Chinese restaurants all over the country and when it comes to service, appetizers, soup, and the main entrees, Shanghai tops them all. I've been coming to Shanghai now for 4 years and every time I'm in town this is one of the few spots in the Des Moines area that I have to hit. Like all my favorite places, I've brought many different people here where it was their first time trying it and no one has ever thought the food was ok or decent. The hot and sour soup is wonderful, the egg rolls are ALWAYS excellent (always hot, crispy and NEVER greasy like most places) and the pot stickers are incredible as well. I've had the chicken with vegetables, Mongolian beef, fried rice, Generals chicken and Beef with string beans (my favorite) and I can honestly say that they are ALL excellent. I've been to many places where they have great appetizers but ok entrees or vice versa... Not here. Everything is consistently great. The price is not cheap (especially for the Des Moines area) but I have to say it's worth every penny and that is why I always make my trek to Shanghai whenever I am in town. Hoa is always smiling and very nice and the wait staff are always friendly as well. Great for taking your kids or hitting it for lunch with co workers (great value). Great place worth going to and I know many people who travel 10-15 minutes there for take out, and anyone who says their food is not good must be someone who thinks quality Chinese food can be found at the local Hy Vee or the food court at the mall.
A few nights ago I ordered their chicken Lo Mein and it smelled like cat piss and tasted how I would imagine cat piss tastes. Very Disappointed.
Just an update, Shanghai is still awesome!! Just saying. If you haven't been there yet, get there.

(515) 987-3111

Chinese

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Mickeys Irish Pub

50 SE Laurel St
Waukee, 50263
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This place has amazing food and service. Their nachos are to die for. Love the atmosphere and the only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because sometimes its not as busy as it should be on the weekends but that's only because Waukee is still growing. Other than that, I love going there for food and drinks.
Me and my family go to a new restaurant every month. This was our pick for December. When I got in there it was empty. Only three people were in there. Granted it's a bar and this was a Thursday. So it's a good place to drink but not to dine. The appetizers were average. I had a buffalo chicken pizza. I could not eat one bite because the server regretted to inform me that blue cheese was on it. So that totally ruined my meal. Not recommended for food, only drinks!
Mickey's is alright. You're not going to get the best food in town here, but it's standard bar fare. My kids dig it - they're kids, what do they know? They make really good Mules, though. No doubt about that.

(515) 987-9604

Irish, Pubs

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Rube’s Steakhouse & Lounge

3309 Ute Ave
Waukee, 50263
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I am in Des Moines for business. I checked this place out. The idea is to cook your own steak... The steaks are great and great quality. Salad bar was nice but little selection.
The meat is great. The restaurant and cooking/grilling areas need major cleaning and updating. I won't go back -- it didn't feel clean to me, and the lack of ambiance married to the pretty high prices for "cook it yourself" food and overcooked side dishes just isn't worth another try.
Good food all around. Once you get past the thought of do it yourself...it's all good!

(515) 987-8237

Nightlife, Steakhouses, American (Traditional)

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Louie’s Wine Dive

1378 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, 50263
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Loved it. Great "local place" atmosphere but with a sophisticated food and drink menu. Unpretentious in every way. Great service. Great food. Great value. A pretty limited selection of food but still couldn't decide what to order. Not a place or a menu for kids.
Food was very good. Service was quite nice. Price was a tiny bit much but I was overall very impressed. I will be back for happy hour some time.
I am guilty of loving this location way more then the one near downtown! My friends and I came here after a bridal shower for a quick bite to eat and wine of course. I didn't order wine but I did order the Cheese Flight, which was amazing! I can not wait to come back and have it again. Whatever jam they put on the board was so good. I ended up splitting the Chocolate Torte with a friend and immediately regretted my decision to share. Service wasn't bad at all and our waitress was very attentive and let people have some samples of wine they weren't sure of. I will be coming back here again to try what else they have to offer.

Wine Bars, American (New)

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Los Tres Amigos

63 NE Carefree Ln
Waukee, 50263
Reviews:
The salsa is just right, the mocajete was incredible and plenty to fill up on. 4 people, 45 dollars and everyone satisfied.
The food is just so-so which is frustrating because it's WAY over-priced. A plate of four small taquitos was $9 and that didn't include any sides. I thought rice and beans came with all dinners but I guess not?!? They charged me $1 extra to have sour cream which I thought was a standard topping on all Mexican food. A tiny cup of cheese dip was $3.50. To top it all off they charged me for my kids' drinks even though the menu stated that drinks were a part of the kids meal price. The food isn't even very good here so keep driving a few minutes down the road and you'll find a dozen other Mexican restaurants that have better food and better prices.
We go here a lot, probably too much! It's a little inconsistent so giving it 4 stars.

(515) 987-0393

Mexican

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Pizza Ranch

448 SE University Ave
Waukee, 50263
Reviews:
Cardboard with low grade sauce and a few toppings. Faraway sells Tonys pizza for a lot less and better quality.
New to Iowa and never really went to this legendary chain. Went out with a few co-workers to their lunch buffet and was pleasantly surprised. They have a very nice selection of not only pizza, but salads, fries, etc. It is a pizza buffet restaurant, but you will get better quality here than a few of the other chains. The interior is very well decorated and I noticed the employees are consistently bringing out fresh food. Great lunch spot.
Amazing place to go. Amazing food. Amazing service. The restaurant looks amazing as well. The buffet is amazing. It doesn't taste like buffet food it taste like you're getting served at an actual restaurant. Which is an option at this place. Their desserts aren't the best but still tastes good. They do have a softserve ice cream machine there as well. They have many choices of pizza. My favorite is the buffalo chicken pizza. They don't overdo it and I don't under do it as well.

(515) 978-6603

Pizza

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