Poke around Ames for game day fun

A current menu feature is the kimchi Ruben, made with house smoked turkey, kimchi kraut, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese and cafe rye bread, served with chips and a pickle spear. Photo: The Ca

If you’re heading to Jack Trice Stadium next Saturday, Nov. 4, to watch Iowa State host the University of Kansas, be sure to schedule some extra time to explore the rest of Ames. There’s plenty to see and do beyond the bustling Iowa State campus.

On the north end of town, find plenty of places to grab a bite. The Café on Northridge Parkway offers a seasonal menu, and nearby you’ll find both Brick City Grill and Wallaby’s Bar and Grille, a mainstay since 1988.

For liquid refreshments, take your pick from Alluvial Brewing Co. or Prairie Moon Winery & Vineyards, two side-by-side properties just beyond the northern city limits with beer, wine, seltzers and root beer. Both places have plenty of seating inside and out, with expansive views of the surrounding countryside.

Win or lose, make sure to stop at Marmalade Moon for house-made ice cream after the game. They rotate flavors so there’s always something new and fresh. This fall, for example, you can savor scoops of pumpkin spice latte or Earl Grey tea ice cream.

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