Delectable Des Moines

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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. (And, if any time during this delectable day the craving strikes for old-fashioned chili, a chili dog, or a chili cheeseburger, George the Chili King will be your new best friend.)

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Java Joe’s Coffeehouse

Java Joe's roasts beans and offers French plunge pot coffee. It's also a nice place to eat and one of Des Moines’ hot spots for live music.

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B & B Grocery

B&B is a neighborhood grocery store in Des Moines that has become locally renowned for its outsized "killer" sandwiches, including a classic Iowa tenderloin.

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Mr. Bibbs

A no-frills sandwich shop in Des Moines, Mr. Bibbs is one of Iowa's top tenderloin destinations. Onion rings are must-eats!

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Bauder Pharmacy

Indulge in a turtle sundae, shake, malt, or soda. The ice cream is Bauder's own, the flavor rotation including fresh strawberry and peach in summer months.

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Jesse’s Embers

Jesse's Embers of Des Moines, Iowa, cooks steaks on an aromatic charcoal grill and serves them with great onion rings and expertly-made cocktails.

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George the Chili King

Hot dogs and hamburgers are served Coney style, meaning topped with dark, spicy chili and chopped raw onions. Chili cheese fries are a great combo plate.

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