On the 15th of May I will picking up a friend from the airport in Des Moines around 5 PM. We are staying the night in town, and leaving in the morning for Dubuque. The occasion is my graduation on May 17.
So, two questions. I can get to Des Moines before noon if I had a reason. I know about the Woodsmith store. I have no interest in a Rockler or a Woodcraft store. I am always up for a shop tour! What do I not want to miss, if I have a few hours on my hands?
Second, dinner. My friend has lupus and watches her diet (mine, too!) very carefully, so I am looking for something with a wide variety. Perhaps a super fantastic salad bar with a very good fish or chicken main course. She is not a red meat eater. Moderately priced, like under $20 per entree.
I am returning her to the airport the following Tuesday. We will need to find lunch before her flight. Again, something light. Perhaps a sandwich shop with soup and salad and artisan breads.
As you can probably tell, I am not a fan of chain restaurants. They have no imagination, are generally overpriced, and the food is, at best, mediocre.
Any suggestions on either of my two questions?