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Please Feed Me, Des Moines!

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Spending 18 hours in Des Moines starting tomorrow. Can you recommend in the downtown area:

- dinner place that will be refreshingly healthy after 5 hours in the car. A place that lets local produce shine.
- bar with craft beers
- yummy breakfast place with (ideally) 3rd wave coffee

We will be lunching at the state fair, so wholesome food is essential beforehand!

Thanks!

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  1. >>bar with craft beers

    Racoon River Brewing, Court Avenue Brewing. I'm not sure about El Bait Shop. It's got a wide range of beers, but I don't know if they make any of their own.

    >>- yummy breakfast place with (ideally) 3rd wave coffee

    La Mie is a french bakery with good breakfasts, it's not downtown, but not too far from downtown. I'm not too well versed on the breakfast spots in town.

    >>- dinner place that will be refreshingly healthy after 5 hours in the car. A place that lets local produce shine.

    Hmm, the "local produce" part I'm not sure about. Downtown quality dinner locations include Lucca and Sbrocco (on the East side of downtown) and Centro and Django (on the West side of downtown). It's kind of a tossup which I prefer. On a good night* Lucca is better than Django, but on an average night I prefer Django.

    I'm also not sure which I'd consider the "healthy" alternative. Sorry.

    * which you have no way of knowing till you start eating

    1. El Bait shop has the best selection of craft beers in the Midwest. The 2 pints and 2 pounds(wings) for 16.00 is a great deal.
      Americana is getting stellar reviews for breakfast.
      Most nice places downtown make use of the Saturday farmers market. If you are downtown Saturday, you will be amazed or annoyed by the farmers market.

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      1. re: Bobfrmia

        We had beer and dinner at el bait shop. Beer selection was great. I was not thrilled with the food, but that type of circa 1970 comfort food isnt my bag.

        Breakfast was at the farmers market, which was very impressive. We were famished and gave into the first breakfast burrito we found. My German husband was thrilled that the Viennese sausage place was labeling and serving the sausages correctly; the ubiquitous midwestern 'brat' with kraut in a bun irks him. We had a flaky dutch letter and were very impressed with the produce for sale.