Dinner for 2, on a budget

January 22, 2009 —

There’s an article in today’s Des Moines Register showing 10 tabs at local restaurants – each offers a meal for 2 at less than $50 (sometimes less than $40). They include 2 entrees, 2 drinks & tip. The list shows a variety of types of restaurants. Check it out! From the list, I’ve got some places to try. I can highly recommend Thai Flavors, Firkin & Fox (now closed), Star Bar & Court Avenue Brewing. YUM! (SIDE NOTE: let this be a reminder – do you need to make special ‘for 2′ plans for Valentine’s Day??)

Also in today’s entertainment section was a feature on Manhattan Deli. This place has been around forever and is in walking distance from DMU. This is old-school deli goodness, folks. Try it out!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • http://www.twitter.com/dlayphoto Dave

    Though not mentioned in the article, all the restaurants mentioned are locally owned and operated. With the current economic state, it’s more important than ever to support local businesses – they are struggling to stay open and pay their employees. Keeping your money local boosts the area’s economy – every dollar kept locally is spent in the area 7 times, on average.

    Instead of going to Applebee’s or Friday’s for dinner, why not go to Gateway Market, Star Bar or Court Ave. Brewing? You can get better food for about the same price, and the money spent stays locally. Some restaurants, like Django, don’t charge a wine corkage fee, so you can bring your own bottle of wine.

    Bill McKibben’s book Deep Economy is full of reasons to shop locally. It’s a great read.

  • http://www.kochmd.com Daphne Christensen

    We love the Manhattan Deli here at Koch Facial Plastic Surgery! Its legacy in our neighborhood is as rich and iconic as our Firehouse #12 office building on 40th! Great post for the ‘hood, Courtney – thanks!

  • Rachel

    Thai Flavors is some of the best Asian food around – I have stopped ordering Chinese food, and we (my husband and two yr old daughter) really enjoy Thai Flavors. The service is always great – and they have a new location in Ankeny! We LOVE that place!