Des Moines Register Metro's Best 2018

Des Moines Register Metro's Best is the annual reader voted competition for local businesses within the communities where Des Moines Register’s Community Publications are distributed. 

Readers in the community zones (see list below) will vote for their favorite businesses in each of the categories. Only businesses with a physical location in the listed zip codes are eligible to participate.  The top three businesses with the most votes in each category will be named 1st, 2nd and 3rd for their community. For example, a pizza restaurant winner in West Des Moines would be named West DSM's Best – Best Pizza 1st Place.

Then, the first place winner of every category in each zone will advance to the final voting for the chance to be crowned Des Moines Register Metro's Best in their respective category.

Voting and results posted on:

Key Dates:

Central DSM's Best Voting

  • Deadline for Businesses to get on Community Ballot:  April 11
  • Ballot Published & Voting Live:  April 24 - May 4
  • Central DSM's Best Winners Announced: June 26

West DSM's Best and Urbandale & Johnston's Best Voting

  • Deadline for Businesses to get on Community Ballots:  June 1
  • Ballots Published & Voting Live:  Jun 19 - 29
  • West DSM's Best and Urbandale & Johnston's Best Announced: August 21

Des Moines Register Metro's Best – Final Round of Voting

  • Voting: September 11 - 25
  • Winners announced: November 15


Community Zones:

Central DSM's Best (East/North, West & South)
               Zips: 50309, 50310, 50311, 50312, 50313, 50314, 50315, 50316, 50317, 50320, 50321, 50324  
Urbandale & Johnston's Best (Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes)
               Zips: 50063, 50111, 50131, 50322, 50323
West DSM's Best (Clive, Waukee, West Des Moines)
Zips: 50263, 50265, 50266, 50325
Ankeny's Best (Ankeny)*
Zips: 50007, 50021, 50023, 50073, 50226
Best of East Polk County (Herald-Index - Altoona, Mitchellville, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill & Runnells)*
 Zips: 50009, 50035, 50169, 50237, 50327
Best of Warren County (Record Herald & Indianola Tribune - Indianola)*
Zips: 50001, 50047, 50061, 50118, 50125, 50166, 50211, 50229, 50240


*These communities have already held their "Best Of" competitions for 2018.  The 1st place winners will automatically be placed in their respective categories for Des Moines Register Metro's Best voting.

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