I don’t know why it took me over 20 years to finally step foot in The University Library Cafe, a popular bar in Des Moines. (Maybe because I don’t go to bars much.) But I have heard for awhile lately that “The Library”, on University and 35th near Drake University, has good burgers and nachos. And there has been even more buzz since a successful restaurant group here, Full Court Press, bought the bar. So on a dreary Sunday that we spent mostly in the house due to rain, hail, sleet, snow, more rain, we escaped to The Library, which proved to be a good little shelter from the storm and has fresh grilled burgers and a wide beer selection. I particularly liked my cheese burger which had cheese from “The Cheese Shop” which I am assuming refers to the gourmet cheese shop nearby in the Roosevelt shopping center. The waitress wasn’t sure but the cheese was better than the American cheese slice on my husbands ordinary cheeseburger. My only complaint is that my burger was not rare, as promised, but judging from the sounds of sizzling coming from the grill, the burger was the real deal.
University Library Cafe, at 3506 University Ave.