Sweet Hoco Dinner Spots

Restaurants around the metro to suit every hoco vibe

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Josie Talley

Here are some super sweet homecoming dinner options at every price range

Josie Talley, Staff Writer

As homecoming rapidly approaches, here are some restaurant ideas, sorted by price range and ambiance:

Top

1. Centro

  • Ambiance–nice but crowded, adult vibes 
  • Price–$13 to $40 
  • Food Type–everything under the sun, but especially Italian
  • Options–A lot, V and V+ options, no guarantee GF but can substitute
  • Location–13 minutes from Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 248-1780

 

2. Americana

  • Ambiance–black and reds, two levels, booths and tables
  • Price–$20 to $25
  • Food Type–steakhouse/comfort food
  • Options–not extensive, separate GF menu, V and V+ (has separate menu)
  • Location–15 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 283-1312

 

3. St. Kilda Collective

  • Ambiance–pristine, lighter wood, and whites
  • Price–$15 to $25
  • Food Type–Australian
  • Options–not a ton, but enough, V, V+, and GF options
  • Location–10 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 705-2030

 

4. Cheesecake Factory

  • Ambiance–kinda artsy feel, nice booths
  • Price–$15 to $25
  • Food Type–anything and everything
  • Options–sooooo many, GF menu, V and V+ menu
  • Location–15 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 457-9888

 

5. Noah’s Ark

  • Ambiance–classic Italian, lots of art, reds and yellows, booths and tables
  • Price–not listed, but on the pricey side
  • Food Type–Italian
  • Options–plenty, GF pasta/pizza available, V and V+ options
  • Location–12 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 288-2246

 

 

Mid

1. Eatery A

  • Ambiance–feels eclectic, lots of red, circular booths, patio
  • Price–$15 to $20
  • Food Type–Mediterranean, pasta, and pizza
  • Options–not overly extensive, GF items, V and V+ options
  • Location–10 minutes from Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 282-8085

 

2. Bubba

  • Ambiance–nice, kinda quirky, and fun, patio
  • Price–$15 to $25
  • Food Type–homestyle Southern
  • Options–plenty, not overwhelming, V, V+, and GF options
  • Location–14 minutes from Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 257-4744

 

3. Baratta’s

  • Ambiance–has the feel of an Italian family restaurant
  • Price–$12 to $22
  • Food Type–Italian and American
  • Options–nice variety, V options
  • Location–17 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 243-4516

 

4. Fire Creek

  • Ambiance–black and brick vibes, nice
  • Price–$15 to $25
  • Food Type–classic American
  • Options–plenty of options, V friendly, GF menu
  • Location–13 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 224-0500

 

5. Blue Sushi

  • Ambiance–reds and blues, Japanese vibes
  • Price–$8 to $15
  • Food Type–sushi
  • Options–lots of types of sushi, V and V+ options, GF menu
  • Location–14 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 379-6800

 

 

Low

1. Cool Basil

  • Ambiance–Darker colors, calming vibe, fancy but not uptight
  • Price–$10 to $15
  • Food Type–Thai
  • Options–a lot, V, V+, and GF friendly
  • Location–5 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–no
  • Contact–(515) 225-8111

 

2. Gilroy’s:

  • Ambiance–pretty informal, nice patio, has a bar inside
  • Price–$13 to $20
  • Food Type–American/grill
  • Options–great variety, V and GF friendly, V+ menu
  • Location–5 minutes from Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 809-1727

 

3. Drake Diner:

  • Ambiance–Casual and chill, booths and an enclosed patio
  • Price–$8 to $15
  • Food Type–classic American
  • Options–a whole lot, GF, V, and V+ options
  • Location–12 minutes from Dowling
  • Reservations–no
  • Contact–(515) 277-1111

 

4. Pad Thai Garden

  • Ambiance–Dark colors, red, both booths and tables
  • Price–$10 to $15
  • Food Type–Asian
  • Options–a ton, V and GF options, no guarantee on V+ 
  • Location–6 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–yes
  • Contact–(515) 440-4709

 

5. Red Robin

  • Ambiance–lots of red, casual American family vibes
  • Price–$10 to $15
  • Food Type–burgers, American classics
  • Options–plenty, GF menu, V and V+ options
  • Location–14 minutes to Dowling
  • Reservations–”waitlist,” not reservations
  • Contact–(515) 223-0859

 

(GF=gluten free, V=vegetarian, V+=vegan)