You don’t have to travel downtown to have a good drink. The Winchester Public House at West Des Moines‘ Historic Valley Junction is a prohibition-style tavern with brick walls, dark timbers, dramatic chandeliers, and stained glass. They have a vast wine list and an extensive range of craft beers if you prefer wine. Take this: Blueberry vodka sour consists of vodka, St. Germain, blueberry syrup, house sour, and blueberry. You don’t have to go downtown to find a good drink. The Winchester Public House, located in West Des Moines’ Historic Valley Junction, is a prohibition-style bar with brick walls, dark timbers, dramatic chandeliers, and stained glass. They also have an extensive range of artisan beers if you prefer wine. Drink this: Blueberry vodka sour – vodka, St. Germain, blueberry syrup, house sour, blueberry.
We are just as over this as you are. But dem da rules for now. Now that they’re serving food, I’m here to do an update on my review. It remains a solid 4-star, with an upward tendency. Service was top shelf, and the food was fresh, fun, and creative. We shared the Black Bean and Cauliflower Tostada – a great blend of fresh flavors! A bit pricey at $13 for three pieces, but very tasty. For dinner, I got the Pork Torta. Great flavors on a bready bun. I’ve had this other places on bolillo bread, which may not be easy to find in Des Moines, but like the tostada and everything else, it was very fresh and flavorful, so a good option if you’re OK with a good-sized bready bun.
Two in our group got the BBQ Pulled Pork Flatbread – an excellent combination of cooked pork and raw veggies with a delicious flatbread crust. The other diner in our group got the Mushroom and Egg Flatbread. The name is a bit deceiving as it has asparagus, pesto, and cheese. It would have been good if it was just mushroom and egg, but the other additions make it great! A delicious option. Drinks are expertly crafted, and the beer drinker in our group was given a few samples to help him narrow down his choices. The staff puts creative twists into the drinks and does all they can to customize them to your liking. Give them a try for a relaxed vibe, great drinks, and fun food options! The chandeliers’ ambiance appeared to be pretty fancy, but it’s casual.