Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of Des Moines, and had a 2016 population of 66,191. The U.S. Census Bureau designates the Ames metropolitan statistical area as encompassing all of Story County; combined with the Boone, Iowa micropolitan statistical area (Boone County, Iowa), the pair make up the larger Ames-Boone combined statistical area. While Ames is the largest city in Story County, the county seat is in the nearby city of Nevada 8 miles (13 km) east of Ames.
Things to do in Ames
4.5 based on 443 reviews
Second chance. I'm a foodie and I will give it. Yes, the hollandaise sauce was perfect. See pics. Right amount of lemon, thick, rich. The hash Benedict was ok. I don't think collard greens were the right accompaniment to the Benedict. The eggs were just a bit overdone, with nearly no runny yolk(drops). The salad as a side was ok, but unusual. The melon and pineapple 1/4"x2 1/2" slices were very good and ripe, but there was just too little of them. The presentation was beautiful. Clean place. I wouldn't bring kids here. The place is beautiful, but they continue with overly loud music that is "all over the place" with its genre. 1980s pop to some sort of jazzy blues to what not, at a loud enough volume to not be able to hear your party. Which brings me to a Marcydiner tantrum scale of 3/5-no screaming kids, but way too loud music. Music at any restaurant is meant to add to the experience, not overwhelme it. My waiter, a tall man, was not friendly at all. The prices here are some of the highest in Ames. And while today's visit was filling, many times you walk away hungry from this place. It's beautiful. It has rich atmosphere. If only the food(and music) matched. Street parking. There is outside dining. There is also a dessert area with separate seating.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This place has something for everyone! Excellent BBQ and generous sides. Family atmosphere and can really handle the crowds. The variety on the menu insures everyone is happy. Don’t miss it when you are in town!
4.5 based on 247 reviews
We went late at night, so couldn’t get pizza by the slice, so we got a pie instead. Wasn’t at all crowded. Pizza crust was nice. Very cheesy. Excellent evening snack, and finished off the crust as dessert with the honey on the table. You order when you walk in, then take a seat.
4.5 based on 208 reviews
My food came out cold, so the server got me a new plate, including the sides I had already eaten. Our server was very attentive. My sister wanted an ice cream sundae, which is not on the menu. The server came back with vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce drizzled on it. The staff went out of their way, which is exceptional and a great reason to go back.
4.5 based on 217 reviews
For the Irish, a Pub is far more than a bar… a Pub is a community gathering place – an overgrown “family room” where members of the neighborhood meet to share the latest news, laugh, and ofttimes solve the world’s problems. At an Irish Pub, the idea of being a “regular” is, well, a bit of a lunacy… one can no more be a regular in a Pub than a regular in one’s own home! For the Irish, the Pub is a home – not for its beer, or stout, or libations, but for its environment of family… comfort… and safety from the stormy rains that grow the Irish countryside emerald green in grass and clover. For a traveler, the attraction of the Pub is the Irish philosophy that there are no strangers, but rather friends not yet met. To enter a Pub is to drop by a friend’s home… the greeting is warm and genuine, the service is gracious, the experience is relaxing and fun.
We got fish and Shepard pie to do some taste comparisons to other diners. I found the fish here to be satisfactory, but not as good as the fish at The Mucky Duck. The fries were good. We love the atmosphere here. As for the Shepard pie, it was horrible. Flavorless. Ick. Friendly staff. Family friendly. Plenty of parking. They are frequently full but they also have a very busy bar. So if you are more into the bar scene, this place is for you! Clean. And big enough to hold many people (The Mucky Duck is small). A bit pricey as well. And the bread was horrible. It appeared that someone had taken a perfectly curved piece out of one of ours, looked just like a bite! We are going to try a couple of other things and give them another chance. These things can always be improved upon.
4 based on 195 reviews
The enchiladas, chicken tacos, and chipotle chicken are all great. Try the red sangria for a change from the margaritas. Family friendly and plenty of parking. Close to many hotels so you can walk over. Large groups all have to be present before they will seat you. A couple of bar stools for a bar and small lobby. It gets very crowded on weekends, especially home Iowa State games.
4.5 based on 113 reviews
We did some comparison dining and found the fish served here was much better than the other(Irish)place. It's a small dining place with friendly staff. Family friendly. Clean. Plenty of parking. Prices are also better than that Irish place we went. The fish though is really good here and comes with fries. I'm sure the drinks are good as well, but I rarely drink. Nice community bar and grill! Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.
4.5 based on 52 reviews
We visited twice last Sunday- walked in at brunch (it was packed) and bought coffees and croissants to go, which we enjoyed back at our hotel. Very good croissants. Returned for a post-concert dinner and enjoyed a delicious collected of "basics" (chicken thighs, burger, salmon fillet on brioche, beef) elevated with inventive preparation, delicious veggies, and a stylish atmosphere. Mushroom toast appetizer was a real hit. Desserts were very good. Wine... my only quibble- not quite enough in the glass to qualify as a serving.
4.5 based on 83 reviews
We gave The Spice Thai Cuisine a try during our drive from Minnesota to Colorado for a skiing vacation. Wow, what a pleasure. The food was delicious, expertly flavored, and served promptly. As others have commented, the servers are outgoing and friendly. The restaurant is clean and airy. Our dishes of Pad Ka Prow Duck and Yellow Curry were both delicious. The location is downtown, a few minutes off the freeway. Well worth the time!
4 based on 102 reviews
Menu had lots of burgers, and I was tempted, but had the Greek salad with chicken, which was excellent. Everyone liked what they got, there were TVs to keep folks happy while they ate. There were drink specials - had to pass, we had a long drive ahead of us. Restaurant is in a nice part of town off the college campus.
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