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 Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA)

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  • Location: Stoughton, WI
Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Fri, 05/3/13 8:30 AM (permalink)
SW 9th Street in Des Moines is home to a number of different places to eat and last Friday I had a chance to check out a couple of them.  Sam's Fine Food has gotten some good online reviews so I thought I'd drop in.

Sam's is a small place with limited seating.  It's behind an unassuming storefront at the rear of a strip mall but was still easy to find, and with "Egg Rolls" painted so prominently on the window it was pretty obvious what I should order.  With 1 meal behind me and 1 more to go I limited myself to a single order of the house ("Sam's") rolls, which are 2 for $2.50.

I'm not sure of the ethnic heritage of this style of roll, but they were definitely smaller and the crust was less pastry-like than the egg rolls I've seen at a lot of Chinese restaurants.  And they were excellent!  My order was ready in no time; the rolls were hot and not too oily, and the filling was crisp and fresh-tasting.  They came with a small container of sort-of-sweet, sort-of-hot sauce that was perfect for dipping, even though they didn't need it.

Sam's has been in business for about 10 years; I glanced at a framed newspaper article on the wall and I believe it said he opened in 2003.  The menu features a variety of egg rolls suitable for snacking and side orders, as well as entrees for those looking for a more substantial meal.  Perhaps someday I'll visit again for something different, but whatever it is will still include an order of the house specialty.

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    • Location: des moines, IA
    Re:Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Fri, 05/3/13 10:31 AM (permalink)
    Its a real "hole in the wall" kind of place.

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      Re:Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Fri, 05/3/13 9:31 PM (permalink)
      Looks so good! Love that kind of place!

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        Re:Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Fri, 05/3/13 9:44 PM (permalink)
        Those look like Viet egg rolls I have had but just a guess. Every egg roll maker has their own variations.

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          Re:Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Fri, 05/3/13 9:58 PM (permalink)
          Looks like spring rolls or lumpia which I prefer to egg rolls because of that great crispy wrapper. They look delish.

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            • Location: Des Moines, IA
            Re:Sam's Fine Food (Des Moines, IA) Thu, 06/20/13 12:28 PM (permalink)
            Hey there!
            It's great to see that there's people talking about our place in forums! I'm a representative from Sam's and I'm glad you enjoyed your visit! Let me know if I can answer any questions.
            Additionally, we recently set up a facebook and twitter.
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