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“OK...but save your money”
Review of El Bait Shop

El Bait Shop
Ranked #13 of 616 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Mexican
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We read bout this place on TA and it sounded kitschy and fun. It was just dingy and loud with generally average food. The broasted chicken was very good as was the corn chowder soup.The thin cut onion rings were pretty good as well. The other items our diners ordered: sweet potato fries, BLT and roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy were average at best. The service was rushed and it was just too bloomin' loud to even talk to the person next to you...not what a group of friends want when they go out to dinner. Yes it's a retro place with a ba-jillion and one beer types but there has to be more than that. I would say it would be fun for a quick look-see and a brew (pop in next door to the "lounge" for another blast from the past), but save your pennies and eat someplace else.

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Thank Famontherun
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

It’s bar food with tons of beer options. It’s old like they have 1970s carpet on the floor....of a restaurant, crazy. Nice place to try different brews for sure, wings were delicious but that could be all the beer talking.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

National burger day so how better to celebrate than burgers and beer!?! Stopped at el bait shop around 3pm when it was a little slower and before the baseball game crowd headed over after the game. Seated ourselves at the bar and were helped immediately with appetizers - we had to try the bacon wrapped tators upon a recommendation and our beer of choice. The traitor tots were delicious! And we each loved our beer choices. We ordered our burgers - breakfast for me and bacon cheese for him. They were juicy and perfectly cooked and topped! The regular sides are not your usual but the baked beans were good and the Spanish rice was also tasty. Refs t amount of food and ordered a second round of beer before leaving. Bartenders were very friendly and personable! Great choice for national burger day or any day!

Thank Jerri L
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The volume of beers on tap is AMAZING! you can also get a flight of 4 five ounce beers for $12 from their tap list. I added a half order of the nachos($7) along with my beers and they were delicious. We grabbed a table, service was good and the place was packed! Be sure to check out the old school wrestling pictures on the walls along with the high life lounge next door.

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Thank TryppAdams
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

Let’s first start off with from the outside it looks different and when you go inside the original building it looks like a bad on a lake back in the olden days. Which we loved! The food was fantastic some of the best we had while in the area. Service was quick and the food was fresh off the grill and still super hot! Definitely recommend stopping in.

Thank Sammy S
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