There are only a few chain restaurants that I feel is worthy to visit on a regular basis. Rock Bottom Brewery is one of them. They have great food, great service, and great locally brewed beer. The burgers are cooked to order and come in half pound or three quarter pound. That is HUGE!
My wife and I hit Chuck's Restaurant on a Saturday night for a little dinner. We had never been there before and were excited to try a local favorite. We had heard of their thin crust pizza, onion rings, and their pasta dishes from friends. They also serve a variety of sandwiches and steaks.
When you walk into the restaurant you will enter through the bar. The host station is at the end of the bar which took us a minute to figure out. We were seated after a short wait in a booth. The booth was comfy for me but my wife had a bit of trouble finding a comfy spot. We got our beverage and onion ring order in. The restaurant was busy but was comfortable enough for us to have a conversation. The menu is pretty extensive with Italian favorites with homemade pasta. They also have sandwiches, steaks, and fried chicken. Before too long we had our half order of lightly battered crispy onion rings. We ordered a large pizza with their homemade sausage, mushrooms, and red roasted peppers. We also chose the lasagna which comes with a side salad and bread with butter.
While we waited for our dinner, we enjoyed the onion rings and the pleasant sounds of a busy restaurant. The lasagna arrived and pizza shortly after. The lasagna was layered as expected and was delicious. Right combination of pasta, sauce, sausage, mozzarella, and ricotta cheese. The pizza was some of the thinnest pizza crust I have ever had. The pizza was loaded with sausage and lightly accompanied with mushroom and roasted red pepper. The cheese and toppings were not to heavy and I can appreciate that on a thin crust pizza.
Overall we had a great experience with the food and service. We would like to try sandwiches when we go back next time.
Chuck's - 3610 6th Ave. - Des Moines, IA 50310 - 515-244-4104