Food An open-faced steak sandwich from BOS. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

An open-faced steak sandwich from BOS. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice

Get a deal on steak at lunch at BOS

Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Joe Stych

Tucked away in downtown’s Renaissance Des Moines Savery hotel, BOS is a more modern feeling take on classic Midwestern cuisine. That means fresh ingredients, an emphasis on local products, and a revival for the food we grew up eating.

But handmade dishes in an upscale atmosphere don’t necessarily translate to a gut-wrenching price tag. For the working men and women of the world, BOS offers top-notch lunches in the form of themed, $10 buffets. Whether you’re craving some of their handcrafted soup, a trip through the salad bar, or their choice of rotating main dishes, BOS’s mix of reasonable prices and distinct flavors could make it one of your go-to lunchtime haunts.

The scene: My two guests and I arrived at BOS on Friday around 11:15 a.m., just as lunch was kicking off. We grabbed a booth near the back of the restaurant, and dove into the menus. Their regular lunch options are limited, from the ordinary reuben and chicken caesar wrap to more interesting options like an arugula salad with grilled salmon.

But the main attraction is definitely the lunch buffet. Every weekday, BOS features a new main dish to accompany their tasty house soups and a respectable salad bar. Friday is open-faced steak sandwich day, so the choice was simple.

If you’re expecting a sprawling family-style buffet, don’t. BOS stresses quality over quantity. It is, however, all-you-can-eat, and you’ll definitely want to come back for seconds.

I ordered my steak medium (they grill it up in the kitchen, so it’s made-to-order) and it came back expertly cooked over a Texas toast-like bun. The buffet aspect comes into play with the toppings. Along with the sandwiches, BOS offers grilled onions and mushrooms to top the steak, and fresh veggies as a side.

Beyond the centerpiece, the buffet at BOS highlights a soup of the day. Friday’s was a white bean chili, which was a rich soup filled with carrots, onions and shallots. The salad bar features an array of options like peppers, broccoli, cheese, eggs and cauliflower.

The crowd is mostly dominated by older business-people who either work in the area or are staying at the hotel, but steak day beckoned a group of construction workers and some younger professionals, too.

When else to go: Every weekday BOS features a different main dish at their buffet. Monday is pizza, Tuesday is pork taquitos with refried beans and rice, Wednesday is build-your-own-burger, and Thursday is a made-to-order pasta bar.

BOS Contemporary Midwest Cuisine

Where: 401 Locust St.

Go weekdays for: $10 lunch buffet from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hours: Breakfast: 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday; For lunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; For dinner: 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Info: 515-284-1267,

About the Author

Joe is a contributor to Juice Magazine.

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