The Cafe has made a name for itself as one of the best haunts in Ames thanks to a rotating menu featuring items like chocolate ganache raspberry cake, corn risotto, and sourdough French toast. The Cafe’s thoughtfully sourced ingredients and impeccable service have lured a loyal fan base that dines in at all hours and grabs the freshly baked pastries to go.
The Open Flame Steak & Lounge
Everyone likes their steak different, and at The Open Flame Steak & Lounge in Gilbert, peculiarities are welcomed. The restaurant lets you grill your own meats — from bacon-wrapped beef filets to shrimp kabobs — and pairs them with delectable bites like cheddar cheese balls and breaded mushrooms.
When the weather warms during spring and summer, there’s no better place to spend a Saturday morning than at the Ames Main Street Farmers’ Market. Stroll an array of handcrafted trinkets, artisanal treats, freshly picked produce and blossoming flowers, all while listening to live music. The programming changes weekly, packing in food truck showdowns, cooking contests, petting zoos and more!