mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

something very exciting comes to town today – a whole ton of college basketball players + their fans. I think it’s called march madness .. (just kidding, I’m fully aware!) des moines is hosting the 1st + 2nd rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

the husband + I plan to partake in the excitement. not by going into the arena + watching all the games, but by joining in on all the local festivities. crowds + all. (I’m bracing myself). to watch our alma mater play, we need to find a local joint that is just far enough from the madness, that we can actually sit in a chair + not awkwardly stand by the bar or wait SEVENTY minutes for a table. and luckily, our “go to” spot throughout the entire basketball season fits the bill. it only makes sense.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

when you walk into the mad meatball, you certainly feel like you’re entering a neighborhood spot. where everybody knows your name. pick a seat, any seat.. they all have television views! there’s a full bar + good beer selection. if you’re hungry, we go for the tater tot nachos (obviously) + any of their pizzas. example: the taco pizza.

is it a coincidence the first day of play falls on st. patrick’s day? our town will be filled with green beer + sleeveless jerseys. I’m going for the people watching, really. (follow along on instagram or snapchat @chelseadiehl)

mad meatball | des moines, IA.

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