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Des Moines Essentials: Breakfast & Brunch

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As the wise Ron Swanson says “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” Or really any other emotion for that matter. Whether it’s diner style breakfast or fancier brunch, it’s hard for me to find something to dislike about pancakes, eggs and everything in between.

Last week I shared some of my favorite Des Moines coffee shops and cafes, now I’m moving on to the city’s best breakfast and brunch spots.

Americana (1312 Locust Street)
If a buffet-style brunch is what you’re looking for, Americana is the place to go. For $25 you’ll get all you can eat and all you can drink from the restaurant’s mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.

Eatery A (2932 Ingersoll Avenue)
Ever since it opened earlier this summer, Eatery A has been one of my go-to spots for out-of-town visitors and brunch with the girls. I love everything about this place, from the decor to the ever-changing menu.
My favorites: Eatery omelet or the asparagus & proscuitto

Gateway Market (2002 Woodland Avenue) 
Gateway Market is one of my favorite stops for a quick dinner to go or a leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning.
My favorites: Gateway scramble or the french toast

La Mie (Shops At Roosevelt, 841 42nd Street)
For the most delicious French pastries you’ve ever seen this side of the Mississippi, you’ll want to stop by La Mie. Fair warning: if you’re planning on visiting for Saturday brunch, they get busy quick. Get there early.
My favorites: Fromage omelet or the ham & cheese croissant

Waveland Cafe (4708 University Avenue)
The Waveland is quite possibly one of the best diners I’ve ever been to—with the exception of my now-closed high school haunt.
My favorites: Two egg cheese omelet with hashbrowns and sourdough toast. Every time.

In December I published my list of Des Moines Essentials—all of my favorite places to eat, drink, shop and explore in Iowa’s capital city. As promised, I’m expanding upon that collection with a little more detail and some recommendations from the places I love.

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