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+39 Restaurant, Market & Cantina

2640 Stange Rd
Ames , IA 50010
515.292.0039

+39 authentic Italian restaurant with an European style Market, spacious patio, and vast Cantina with over 150 Italian wine labels. Call +39 for reservations or delivery.


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Ali Cakes

300 Main St.
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.2222

Quintessential little corner bakery in the heart of the Ames Cultural District. Delightful treats for every day.


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Arcadia Café

116 Welch Ave
Ames, IA 50014
515.337.1007

Specialty coffees, fine pastries, desserts all brewed and baked fresh daily.


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Aunt Maude’s

547 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.4136

A locally owned casual restaurant. Fresh house-made food, full bar and wine list, serving lunch and dinner. Patio seating and private dining available. Reservations accepted.


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B Fabulous BBQ & Catering

600 Linn St
Slater, IA 50244
515.597.8256

Full-service caterer and restaurant providing fabulous food and service! We offer a wide array of menu items, more than just BBQ! Enjoy our food truck on the ISU campus Monday-Friday 11am-1:30 pm!


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Bar La Tosca

400 Main St
Ames , IA 50010
515.232.8484

Bar La Tosca features a mix of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine using locally sourced Iowa ingredients.


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Brick City Grill

2704 Stange Rd
Ames , IA 50010
515.268.4224

One of Ames' newest sports bars and family dining restaurant destination. Come try the award winning "Best Burger in Iowa!!"


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Buford’s Steak House & BBQ

2601 E 13th St
(Inside the Quality Inn & Suites)
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.9260

Family-style restaurant featuring choice charbroiled steaks, chicken, our award-winning BBQ prepared in the only smoker in Iowa located in the dining room, and more. Carry-out and catering available.


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Burgie’s Coffee and Tea Company

110 Airport Rd
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.9004

Serving delicious European coffee and espresso. Burgie's personally roasts their coffee beans to guarantee premium coffee. Also offers soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Drop off catering available.


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Café, The

2616 Northridge Pkwy
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.0100

Fun, energetic café featuring local and seasonal menus with Artisan-style breads, European pastries and creative desserts. Open at 7 a.m. daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We cater!


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Café Diem, Coffee House

229 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.956.3556

Seize the day at your local Cafe... Diem! A classic American coffee house with a little something for everyone. Take life, one cup at a time.


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Cafe Beaudelaire

2504 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
515-292-7429

A locally owned restaurant that features Brazilian fusion cuisine, a full bar and a unique atmosphere in the heart of Campustown.


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Chocolaterie Stam

230 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0656

Walk in and be tempted by over 40 varieties of European chocolate bonbons, gelato, native Iowa wines, cookies and more. Enjoy the atmosphere of this unique chocolate and full-service coffee shop.


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Cookies, etc

2801 Grand Ave
North Grand Mall
Ames, IA 50010
515.663.2211

"Best Cookie in the Midwest," Midwest Living Magazine. Baking 1/4 lb cookies all day that are made from the owner's family recipes. Delivery to ISU and Ames, and we ship for you coast to coast!


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Depot Deli & Cookies, etc.

526 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.4447

A fast-casual, made from scratch dining experience in the historic former train depot on Main Street. The food is made using friends and family recipes.


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Dublin Bay Irish Pub and Grill

320 S 16th St
Ames , IA 50010
515.956.3580

Wonderfully unique menu. Full-service pub with 16 beers on tap and Irish hospitality. There are no strangers here, just friends whom you haven’t met yet!


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Dutch Oven Bakery

219 Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.9244

Family-owned and operated scratch bakery features cakes for all occasions, fresh rolls, pastries, Dutch letters, soups, sandwiches and lattes. Catering available for 10 to 60 people.


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Eat It


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641.330.5495

If you haven't tried our fried puffy tacos you're missing out! We serve from our food truck on campus and at various community events around town.


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El Azteca

1520 S Dayton Pl
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0116

El Azteca is a family owned business that has been serving enthusiasm, dedication, and an exceptional work ethic for over 10 years! Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" in Story County.


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El Azteca

2727 Stange Rd
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.9494

El Azteca is a family owned business that has been serving enthusiasm, dedication, and an exceptional work ethic for over 10 years! Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" in Story County.


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Fighting Burrito

117 Welch Ave
Ames, IA 50014
515.292.2222

Gourmet burritos with homemade salsas, slow-cooked meats, and giant crispy treats. Modest prices and exceptional service.


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Fuji Japanese Steakhouse

1614 S Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.8383

Enjoy delicious Japanese food cooked before your eyes "hibachi-style," or enjoy a variety of fresh selections from our sushi bar.


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Gatherings by Farmhouse Catering

1024 6th St
Nevada, IA 50201
515.230.2717

Gatherings by Farmhouse Catering is a beautiful, private event venue located in historic downtown Nevada. On and off-site catering and bar services available.


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Ge-Angelo’s Italian Restaurant

823 Wheeler St
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.0959

We proudly serve hand-stretched pizzas, pastas, homemade sauces, salads and sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere. Come to Ge-Angelo's for "A Touch of Italy."


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Great Plains Sauce & Dough Co.

129 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.4263

A classic Ames pizza shop offering six different pizza styles; including whole wheat, oat and potato crusts. If you have an adventurous spirit, this pizza is for you!


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Hickory Park Restaurant Co.

1404 S Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.8940

An Ames tradition since 1970, Hickory Park is famous for their hickory smoked selections, ice cream parlor desserts, generous portions, modest prices and exceptional service.


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IowaStater Restaurant at the Gateway Hotel

2100 Green Hills Dr
Ames, IA 50014
515.268.2238

Full-service restaurant, steeped in the history of Iowa State University, where comfort and fine dining meet! A full bar featuring Iowa spirits and beers, private dining room, and relaxed atmosphere.


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Livery, The

806 7th Street
Boone, IA 50036
515.298.1774

Handcrafted sandwiches, soups and salads in a unique environment.


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Mucky Duck Pub/Ames British Foods

3100 S Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.598.5127

The Mucky Duck Pub offers a family-friendly, British-pub-style dining and drinking environment and is the home of Ames British Foods.


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Olde Main Brewing Company

316 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0553

Locally owned restaurant and brewery featuring handcrafted entrees, fresh brewed beer and root beer, Sunday brunch menu and an executive board room. Proud supporter of ISU.


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Open Flame Steak & Lounge

225 Main St
Gilbert, IA 50105
515.232.9745

Join us for the best beef in Iowa. Grill your own or have us. Indoor and outdoor dining, catering available. Accommodations for large groups.


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Salt & Pretzel Co.


Ames, IA
609.578.0258

Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Soft pretzels, soups and salads, daily specials, sausages, craft beers and wine by the glass, and a market for groceries. We also cater! Eat. Drink. Shop. LOCAL.


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Spice Thai Cuisine, The

402 Main St
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.0200

The Spice offers authentic Thai cuisine in a stylish, sophisticated and relaxed environment.


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Stomping Grounds Café

303 Welch Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.5258

European-style café with a large patio facing Welch Avenue. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as fine coffees, wine and beer. Open weekdays 7 a.m. to midnight; weekends 8 a.m. to midnight.


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Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza

1620 S Kellogg Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.233.7183

Inspired by traditional Neapolitan pizza craftsmanship and methods, Vesuvius produces a pizza that is unlike any other, both traditional and contemporary, appealing and gratifying in every way!


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Wallaby’s Bar & Grille

2733 Stange Rd
Ames, IA 50010
515.292.1167

Ames’ ONLY rooftop patio! Voted Ames’ Best Sports Bar! Named “101 of the Best Sports Bars in the U.S.” by CNNGO.com.


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Wheatsfield Cooperative

413 Northwestern Ave
Ames, IA 50010
515.232.4094

Full-service natural foods grocery store featuring produce, grocery, bulk, wine and beer, wellness, cheeses, meats, a deli and bakery, and more. Over 100 local producers featured. Everyone can shop!