Restaurants in Des Moines, IA

Even if you are not in town for the annual Iowa State Fair, which offers days’ worth of good food, Des Moines is a city of eating opportunities far more colorful than suggested by its old nickname, “Hartford of the West.” After coffee and a mighty cinnamon roll at Java Joe’s Coffee House, a visit to B&B Grocery or to Mr. Bibb’s provides a memorable taste of the state’s passion for outlandishly large breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches. Bauder’s Pharmacy is a must for its ice cream, especially peach and strawberry in summer. For a grand climax to the movable feast, tuck into a supper-club meat and potatoes feast at Jesse’s Embers.

Des Moines’s Most Famous Dishes

Huge slab of prime rib extends far beyond its plate


In a red drive-in basket, onion rings are crisp and golden-brown

Onion Rings

A basket of thin French fries is smothered with molten cheese and beefy chili ... car hop service

Chili Cheese Fries

Scoops of strawberry, pistachio, and vanilla ice cream accompany a slice of 4-layer chocolate cake.

Ice Cream

Des Moines’s Best Restaurants

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