Ames Dining and Entertainment

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Ames Area Dining & Entertainment

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On campus

For a complete list of on-campus restaurants and cafés:

Memorial Union Food Court ($)2229 Lincoln Way., lunch, and dinner menus. Halal, vegan, and vegetarian options. Restaurants include: Chester’s Chicken – Cucina Italiana – Cys and Fries – Fresh Burrito Works – Godfather’s Pizza – Panda Express – The Dish – Subway

Carlos’ Quesadillas ($). Food truck outside Kildee Hall. Mexican food: Quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, burritos.

MU Market & Café ($). 2229 Lincoln Way. Convenience store, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, bakery, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.

Caribou Coffee & Hub Grill & Café ($)Across from Parks Library. and Deli and bakery, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.

Bookends Café ($). 0184 Parks Library. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, bakery, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.

Campus Town

Restaurants and cafés are SouthWest of and within walking distance from the Memorial Union.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop ($). 2310 Lincoln Way. 9am-10pm. Made to order toasted sandwiches, salads, and ice cream shakes. Vegetarian options.

Blaze Pizza ($). 2320 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-10:30pm. Wood-fired pizza; make your own pizza. Vegetarian options.

Jeff’s Pizza Shop ($). 2402 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-1am. Pizza, sandwiches, lasagna, salads, chips, and brownies.

Smokin’ Oak wood-fired pizza ($).: 2420 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-10:30pm.

Cafe Baudelaire ($$)2504 Lincoln Way. 10am-1:30am Brazilian fusion cuisine, hamburgers, omelets, salads, desserts, drinks, and cocktails. Live music at night.

Mr. Burrito ($). 2508 Lincoln Way. 11am-9pm Mexican food: Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, Mexican drinks including horchata.

Taste Place ($). 2512 Lincoln Way. Chinese food

Arcadia Café ($). 116 Welch Ave. 7am-8pm. Sandwiches, small plates, soup, salad, desserts; vegetarian & gluten-free options; cocktails, wines.

Fighting Burrito ($)117 Welch Ave. 11am-2am. Mexican food: Burritos, tacos, nachos, quesadillas, salads, and desserts.

Indian Delights ($). 120 Welch Ave. Kofta, curry dishes, chicken, lamb, shrimp, salmon; vegetarian options; desserts.

Jimmy John’s ($). 135 Welch Ave. 10:30am-3am. Plain slims, sub sandwiches, club sandwiches.

Thai Kitchen ($$). 2410 Chamberlain St. 11am-8pm. Thai food: Yums, soups, noodles, fried rice, pad, and curry dishes.

Pizza Pit ($)207 Welch Ave. 11am-12 midnight. Pizza, chicken wings, hot sandwiches.

Trio Asian Restaurant ($). 223 Welch Ave. 11am–3pm, 5pm-8pm. Asian food: Crab rangoons, spring rolls, dumplings, noodles, chicken, beef, pork, lamb, seafood, vegetarian options.

Stomping Grounds ($$). 303 Welch Ave.7am-12am. Regular and toasted sandwiches, salads, pasta, soups, crepes, desserts, coffee, and drinks. Outside patio area.

Downtown Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #1 Red East or #2 Green East from campus. For a full list of downtown Ames restaurants, bars, cafés, and events, access

Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery & Deli ($).413 Northwestern Ave. 7am-9pm  Breakfast burritos, salad bar, hot bar, soups, bakery, desserts; vegetarian options.

Depot Deli & Cookies ($). 526 Main Street. Sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts; vegetarian options; lunch & dinner combos; beer, wines.

Aunt Maude’s ($$$). 547 Main St. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm. Salads, soups, omelets, sandwiches, bistro, salmon, chicken, beef, wines, microbrews.

Bar La Tosca ($$). 400 Main St. 11am-2pm, 4pm-10pm.  Italian cuisine. Salads, soups, flatbread, pasta, sandwiches, small plates, entrées, cocktails, wines, beer.

The Spice ($$)402 Main St. 11am-2:15pm, 5pm-8:45pm. Thai cuisine: Spring rolls, dumplings, soup, curry, noodles, fried rice, chicken, pork, seafood, desserts; vegetarian options; tea, fruit juices, beer, wine.

Old Main Brewery and Restaurant ($$): 316 Main Street. 11am-2am., sandwiches, lunch specials, salads, soups, pasta, entrées; seasonal and year-round brews.

Chocolaterie Stam ($). 230 Main Street. 8:30am-8pm. Bonbons, chocolate treats, cookies, wafers, gelato, licorice.

Café Diem ($). 229 Main Street. 7am-10pm Coffee, pastries, salads; wi-fi available.

Little Woods Herbal tea shop and tea house ($). 136 Main St. Herbs, spices, loose leaf teas, medicinal herbs, artisan wellness blends.

Whiskey River ($). 132 Main Street. 11am-2am. food, dine in or order take out: Hamburgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken wings, quesadillas, tacos, nachos, salads; vegetarian options; liquors, wines, beers (bottled and on tap).

Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company ($). 129 Main St. 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-12am Pizza, sandwiches, salads, desserts; beer, wine, coolers.

The Grove Café ($). 124 Main. 6am-2pm. Breakfast & lunch menu: Omelets, pancakes, French toast, hamburgers, hot sandwiches, desserts.

The Mandarin ($$). 415 Lincoln Way. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm. Beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, & vegetable lunch entrées; seafood; dinner specials for 2-10 persons; soups

West Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #1 Red West from campus.

Pammel Grocery & Deli ($). 113 Colorado Ave. 11am-8pm. Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern food. Halal & vegetarian options: Gyros, kabobs, falafel, samosas, kofta.

Szechuan House ($). 3605 Lincoln Way. 11am-10pm. Chinese food: Chicken, duck, lamb, pork, seafood; soups, lunch specials; vegetarian options.

Shogun Japanese Steakhouse ($$). 3704 Lincoln Way. 11am-9:30pm. Soups, salads, teriyaki, yakisoba, tempura, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, udon, shabu shabu, hibachi; wine, sake, beer.

Indian Delights ($). 127 Dotson Drive. Kofta, curry dishes, chicken, lamb, shrimp, salmon; vegetarian options; desserts.

North Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #6 Brown North from campus.

The Café ($$)2616 Northridge Pkwy. 7am-9pm. Omelets, pancakes, soups, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, steak, fish, pizza, pasta; beer, wine, cocktails.

+39 Italian Restaurant & Cantina ($$). 2640 Stange Rd. 11am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm. Pasta, pizza, soups, salads, sandwiches; chicken, beef, fish; gluten-free options; beer, wine.

Brick City Grill ($$). 2704 Stange Rd. 11am-12am. Hamburgers, sandwiches, entrées (chicken, pork, salmon), nachos, salads; gluten-free options; beer.

El Azteca ($$). 2727 Stange Rd. 11am-9pm. Mexican food: Quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, special dinners, soups, salads, desserts; beer, cocktails.

Wallaby’s Bar & Grille ($$). 2733 Stange Rd. 11am-11pm. Salads, soups, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, nachos, entrées; beer, wine, cocktails.

Los Altos Mexican Restaurant ($$): 823 Wheeler St. #5. 11am-9:30pm. Quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos; vegetarian options; desserts; beer, cocktails.

Ge Angelo’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge ($$). 4-9pm. 823 Wheeler St. #9. Salads, pizza, calzone, pasta, chicken, cod; vegetarian options; build your own pizza; desserts; beer, wine.

South Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #3 Blue South from campus.

Ciao’s Italian Restaurant ($$): 217 S. Duff Ave. 11am-9pm. chicken, regular and baked pastas, veal, seafood, soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts; wine, beer.

Hickory Park Restaurant Co. ($$). 1404 S. Duff Ave. 10am-9pm. Barbecue, meat dinners, hamburgers, deli and smoked sandwiches, ice cream menu; teas, beer (bottled, on tap).

Dublin Bay Irish Pub and Grill ($$). 320 S 16th St. 11am-11pm. Irish fayre, entrées, pork, shrimp, salmon, pasta, hamburgers, sandwiches, soups, salads; beer, wine, cocktails.

The Mucky Duck British Pub ($$). 3100 S Duff Ave. 11am-11pm. Fish ‘n’ chips, hamburgers, chicken curry, haggis, bangers ‘n’ mash; teas, beer, wine, whiskey, cocktails.

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse ($$$). 1614 S Kellogg Ave. #101. 11am-2pm, 4-9:30pm, teriyaki, tempura, udon, soba, rolls, sushi bar entrées, katsu, don buri, desserts.

Coffee/Beverages & Dessert

Arcadia Café ($). 116 Welch Ave. 7am-8pm.

Insomnia Cookies ($)217 Welch Ave. 10am-3am.

Stomping Grounds ($$). 303 Welch Ave.7am-12am.

Chocolaterie Stam ($). 230 Main Street. 8:30am-8pm.

Dutch Oven Bakery ($). 219 Duff Ave. 6am-6pm.

The Café ($$)2616 Northridge Pkwy. 7am-9pm.


On Campus

How do I get there? Everything on campus is within a walking distance.

ISU’s Museums. Around campus

The Maintenance Shop. Memorial Union. Live music, stand-up comedy, open mic nights, theater performances.

Farm House Museum. Near Ross Hall. M-F 12-4pm.

Lake Laverne: Just outside the Memorial Union (MU). Created in 1916. Home to the swans Lancelot and Elaine.

Reiman Gardens: 1407 University Blvd. 9am-4:30pm.

Off Campus

All Ames Parks

Brookside Park. 1325 6th Street (near campus).

Ada Hayden Heritage Park: 5205 Grand Ave.

Inis Grove Park. 2500 Duff Ave.

Main Street. Cultural District:

Octagon Center for the Arts. 427 Douglas Ave. 10am-5pm.

Ames Public Library. M-Th 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm.

Cinemark Movies 12. 1317 Buckeye Ave.


Old Maine Brewing Co. 316 Main. St. 11am-2am.

Torrent Brewing 504 Burnett Ave. Wed-Fri 4:30-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 1-7pm

Alluvial Brewing 3715 W 190th St. Wed-Fri 4-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-6pm


London Underground. 212 Main St. 4pm-2am.

McFly’s. 115 Main St. 11am-2am.

DG’s Tap House. 127 Main St. Mon-Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 4pm-2am.

West Towne Pub. 4518 Mortensen Rd. 11am-2am.

Mother’s Pub. 2900 West St. 11am-2am.