Favorite Restaurants in Ames, IA

Ames, a municipal city in Central Iowa. This city is very well known as the home for the Cyclones, either the students of Iowa State University or the fans (Iowan).

Sadly, there’s not much of entertainment going on around this city but not to worry, just because Ames got some good hangout places not just for your tummy but also for your soul.

Here are the list of my favorite restaurants in Ames, I hope they stays OPEN forever (some of my favorites were closed for good – not listed)

Spoiler alert: I’m a fussy eater, so foods is not the essence of why there place below are my favorites, maybe it’s because of its ambiance ๐Ÿ™‚

+39 Restaurant, Market Cantina

A very interesting name, indeed. In case you don’t know, +39 is the international phone country code for Italia.

This place is very nice, they got the bar, wine’s room, gelato and dessert counters, even the cantina where you can buy some produce from Italy.

I luv Italian food! From Caprese to Margarita Pizza to Spaghetti Carbonara to Tiramisu. Yumm Yumm Yumm YUMM! They got everything that my tummy ever desire! Plus those delicioso Italian coffee, wines and spirits! Al dente ๐Ÿ™‚

Provisions Lot F

What a unique name taken from its location.

This place is exquisite. Luv everything about it! From its cafe corner to its bar, an open kitchen that you can see from your dining table.

My favorite foods here would be the healthy and delicious Kale & Quinoa Salad with add-on Tofu as the protein. Their pizza were also a hit, I’d tried some of the variety that offered and they were pretty good (they changes their menu every once in a while), their Crispy Potatoes just amazingly yummy.

And to talk about their desserts, from Creme Brรปlรฉe, Fruit Tart, Caramel Mousse, etc. Make sure to save some space for this scrumptious treats ๐Ÿ™‚

FUJI Sushi & Steak House

The only Japanese restaurant in Ames and surrounding. For being the only place you can go for some Sushi, you can only hope that it’s good or at least fresh.

But not to worry because they are. The Sushi are so good and fresh considering being in Ames is like being in the middle of nowhere and away from the sea. Anything with Salmon and Tuna are always a hit but my favorite would be the vegetarian kinda roll like avocado, cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, yam and cream cheese with soy paper please! oh yeah not to forget the spicy mayo ๐Ÿ™‚

And not only that this place also serve your meal with entertainment here if seat around the Hibachi grill. Since Sushi is not much of my thing so the Hibachi is my to go to. Egg Fried Rice, Grilled veggies; carrot, mushroom, onion, zucchini and broccoli, plus any of the protein of your liking, I always go with the chicken but many says that the Filet Mignon is a must try.

This place got a cool bar that offers plenty of options or Sake, Mixed Drinks, Martinis, Mules and Beers. The White Russian is my favorite, I like to upgrade its Vodka to Grey Goose for better tasting.

Bar La Tosca

A very nice and comfy tiny Italian resto/bar on Main St. They served appealing Italian fusion, from Pasta to Flat Bread, Seafood to Poultry.

Cafe Beaudelaire

Brazilian tavern in the heart of Iowa, well in ISU Campus-town to be exact. A decent place with good American-Brazilian food and good selections of alcoholic beverages from the Bar.

My favorite would be its Fresh Cut Fries, Garlic Oil Pasta and dessert Empanadas. I also really like its Guava Juice (no where else I can find a place where they make yummy fresh Guava juice, I really thank them for this) and the Dark Rum Mojito. Yum!


A tasty Southern America BQQ served in rustic modern kind of joint. Portions are good (by good I mean smaller than most BQQ resto)

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