SweatShop, a new business located in Uptown Ankeny,
specializes in all things hot, from sauces and salsas to
seasonings and snacks. Items sold come in varying levels of heat
from mild to extreme. Of note is a fair selection of wing and
barbecue sauces, and locally made products. On my visit there I
bought a bottle of Lola's Fine Hot Sauce!
LottaPop popcorn offers a wide variety of flavors, some
quite unusual. Creamy Dill was rather good. Ate
three bags in one sitting though. Oof! Brandmeyer's can also be
found at the Downtown Farmers' Market along Court Ave.
in Des Moines.
Bloody Mary with a beerback, left, at the Yankee
Clipper in Uptown Ankeny. I love the deep-fried Clipper
Burger, center. Slap it on a plate, douse it country
gravy, and I'd call it chicken fried steak. Also pictured a side
of Cajun-seasoned frips. Crisp, zesty, but also
salty. I'll try the unseasoned variety next time. Right, another
Clipper Burger, but this time with plain frips.
Best thick-cut potato chips you'll ever enjoy fresh from the