Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. The following are the best spots to get great food to start your day off right.
- La Mie-located on 42nd street downtown, this is the closest you will ever get to having authentic French pastries without going to France- I went to France and the pastries I had weren’t as good as La Mie. You can taste just how real the ingredients are in the croissants and the labor intensive work they put into them. This is hands down my favorite place to eat breakfast- try any of the omelets since they’re all good- and be sure to get a pastry to go with it. For their full menu click here.
- Mullets– located within walking distance of Principal Park downtown, this is a great place to go for any meal of the day but their breakfast burritos are exceptional as are their bacon chorizo hash browns. If you’re hungry, get the pigs and pancakes meal which has smoked pork stuffed between two pancakes and covered in syrup. The pictures of people with truly epic mullets only add to the appeal. Their full menu is here.
- Waveland Café-located right next to the Waveland Golf Course in Des Moines, they serve breakfast all day so you can enjoy their hearty portions no matter what time of the day it happens to be. I have had the Lumberman and found it to be incredibly filling even though it’s only a half serving of biscuits and gravy with a side of hash browns. The staff is super friendly and willing to go the extra mile in service. Their website is here.
- Drake Diner– located in the Drake area, this restaurant offers traditional breakfast offerings like homemade biscuits and gravy and hearty omelets. In the fall, be sure to have the pumpkin pancakes. For a look at their full menu, go here.
- PerKup Café- located in Urbandale, City View rated PerKup as runner up for best breakfast in 2015. Their fried egg sandwich is served on sour dough bread and is one of the best breakfast sandwiches in town. They offer a full service coffee bar as well with drinks like the Red Eye which is a coffee with a double shot of espresso for those in need an extra shot of caffeine. Their website is here.
- Home Plate Diner-located on NE 14th Street, a location on E. 30th and a new location on Hickman, Home Plate diner is a no fuss place to get home cooked food that tastes like your grandma made it. They are very affordably priced so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank eating here. Their website is here.
- Machine Shed Restaurant- located in Urbandale, they are famous for their cinnamon rolls, even being featured on a national travel show for them.They fill up quickly on weekends so be sure to get there early if you can, otherwise you may have to wait for a half hour or more depending on the crowd. Their website is here.
- Palmers Deli & Market-located on Ingersoll Ave as well as in West Des Moines, Ankeny, Urbandale and the Kaleidoscope downtown, their breakfast offerings are a classier take on breakfast offerings. The Ingersoll sandwich is served on ciabatta bread and has Applewood smoked bacon and scrambled eggs. The assortment of pastries will probably prove to be too tempting so you’ve been warned. For their full menu, go here.
- Brickhouse Café-located in Johnston, this is bit of a hole in the wall in a strip mall so it might be a little tricky to find if you’re not from the area. Their service is very nice and efficient in getting your food out quickly. The Maple Bacon Waffle is worth a try as is the smothered breakfast burrito. For their full menu, go here.
- Des Moines Farmer’s Market– located on Court Avenue from May to October, the farmer’s market has a ton of breakfast options with the very popular Farm Boy’s Hearty Food Company Stand usually having a line that’s about 20 people long at any given time. Though it’s worth the wait once you get either a breakfast burrito or breakfast bowl. They’re fast so the lines may be long but you’ll be eating in no time.Other stands offer baked goods and pretty much any type of food offering you’re craving so you’ll be sure to find something you’ll like for breakfast. For more information click here.
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