Just a few short months ago, Blue Whale Bistro opened their doors with a mission to bring great tastes to Des Moines and beyond. If rave customer reviews and an often-packed house are any indication, they can declare “mission accomplished.” Now, the intrepid Nelson family (Mother Margie, Daughter Ashley and Son Jeff) are layering-in new delights for their growing foodie fan-base in the form of market fresh specials and a happy hour from 5–6 p.m. Blue Whale Bistro serves Northwest style tapas – small plate dining – designed to be shared and enjoyed with the company of good friends and loved ones. With artfully-prepared savory and sweet specialties, there is sure to be a flavor to tickle the most discriminating palate. Along with a pleasing selection of wines and beer, patrons enjoy a convivial atmosphere which sometimes includes live music. Customer favorites include the bacon-wrapped cheese-stuffed dates, crispy polenta with mushrooms and arugula and freshly baked foccacia. While equally suitable for a group of friends (note the long table at the back of the house), Blue whale Bistro is a perfect date-night choice where romance abounds by candlelight while not breaking the bank. If you have yet to try their delicious fare, you don’t know what you’re missing! Visit them tonight to discover your favorite flavor… Blue Whale Bistro – formerly Blue Vanilla Bakery – is located on the west side of the building at 22341 Marine View Dr South, Unit D, in the lower level; the cross street is 223rd. For more information: