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Bubba's crafty crab cake salad, served over greens tossed with a judicious amount of charred-lemon and buttermilk dressing.


By Wini Moranville

I have to admit I wasn’t overly impressed with BubbaSouthern Comforts when it first opened. Certainly, the spot was a beautiful place to hang out—the stylish update of a modern Southern parlor setting brought a welcome respite from the industrial-chic or reclaimed-wood look of many newer venues.

But, candidly, the cuisine struck me as a Machine Shed take on Southern cooking. Don’t get me wrong: I admire the Machine Shed for what they dohearty and sincere farm cooking. Still, I didn’t think such big-food bravura belonged at Bubba; it seemed a disconnect from the handsome and sophisticated decor.

People, that’s changed. Certainly, you can get the big food that continues to play well in our culinary landscape, but everything I’ve tasted across three recent visits brings a kind of refinement that better matches the ambiance. On a recent lunch visit, we utterly adored the shrimp and grits; I’m not sure what the star here was, because the immensely rich and creamy grits and the Cajun-spiced shrimp were equally swoon-worthy. Tender-cooked collard greens—diced delicately with bits of charred squash, bell pepper and onionsbrought added freshness and sparkle to the dish.

We also appreciated the crab cake salad, served over greens tossed with a judicious amount of charred-lemon and buttermilk dressing. Especially notable was, once again, the delicacy of the dish, right down to the detailed and precise dice of the zucchini, squash and bell pepper. So many salads today are made in a ham-handed way—akin to a bucket of lettuce topped with inelegant planks of whatever—created too often (I suspect) by people who don’t eat many salads. This was thoroughly satisfying yet completely refined—a salad for salad lovers.

These days, service has been hit or miss around town, but my three visits to Bubba made me remember what a difference great service makes—how it can truly deepen and enhance the dining experience.

Bubba is at 200 10th St.; 515-257-4744;

Wini Moranville, who writes about cooking, wine and dining for dsm, is on Facebook at All Things Food DSM.

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An intricate conceptual model from the 1960s shows the Drake campus as you've never seen it.


Previously unseen work by renowned architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Harry Weese and Ben Weese are featured in a new exhibition opening with a reception Thursday, Nov. 9, at Drake University's Anderson Gallery

We enjoyed a preview of the exhibit, which spans a space of roughly 24 by 90 feet and covers decades since the 1960s. Drawings, photos and other documents bring to life the creation of modernist buildings on the Drake campus. Also noteworthy are design concepts for buildings that were never constructed.

At the exhibit's center is a model showing the campus as it was envisioned by Mies van der Rohe's office in the 1960s. The model was discovered recently, buried in a dusty corner of the attic of Sheslow Auditorium.

"We actually didn't know what it was until we got it out of the attic," says Maura Lyons, curator of the exhibition and a professor of art history at Drake. "It's very heavy and our facilities team had to lift it over a structural beam that had been placed it its path at some point during the decades that it was up there."

Lyons says it's interesting to see how people interact in an everyday way with spaces designed by giants of architecture. "Great architecture is defined not only by those elements envisioned by the architects but also by the ways in which people alter those spaces to make them their own," she says. "A building's meaning is shaped by sounds and smells, by behavior that shapes the physical and emotional features of the space—in short, by the humans who inhabit them."

The space inhabited by Anderson Gallery is within the Harmon Fine Arts Center at 1310 25th St. The exhibit, "Mies / Weese at Drake: Where We Live and Work," continues through Dec. 22. For hours and other gallery information, click here. The reception Thursday is from 5 to 7 p.m. with a gallery talk by the curators at 6 p.m.

Other gallery news around town in coming weeks:

• Artisan Gallery 218 in Valley Junction has a series of introductory classes in jewelry-making this month. Details are here. The gallery will introduce an exhibition of new work with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. 

• Moberg Gallery and Polk County Heritage Gallery collaborated for the exhibit "Worth Fighting For," which opens with receptions this weekend at Polk County Heritage Gallery. The exhibit features artwork of military veterans and is featured in this story from the current issue of dsm magazine. Opening receptions are scheduled at 5 p.m. Friday and at noon on Saturday

• Olson-Larsen Galleries in Valley Junction currently features a show of new work by contemporary artists Sharon Booma, Gary Olson and Yun Shin through Nov. 25. It will be followed in December by a showing of small works.

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Amazing Grammy-winning guitarist and blues singer Jonny Lang is booked for a memorable one-night performance March 8 at Hoyt Sherman  Place. Explore the future of other arts and cultural events with a pair of easy-to-use online calendars. We at
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