4 places for breakfast

4 places for breakfast

Fun fact: Coffee, eggs, pancakes and bacon were invented as incentives to rise and shine. Since the most important meal of the day should also be the most delicious, here are four of our favorite metro-area breakfast joints.

La Mie

If fresh-baked, hand-crafted and mouthwatering are buzzwords for your perfect breakfast, La Mie is the ticket. Des Moines’ blue-ribbon bakery starts the day off right with options like fruit-covered French toast, omelettes packed with spinach, bacon or brie, and their deliciously flaky danishes. The place is generally packed—especially on Saturdays—but that’s a testament to their top-notch fare. It’s definitely worth the wait.

Find it: 841 42nd St, Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
(515) 255-1625

Drake Diner

Although they opened in 1987, it feels like the Drake Diner has perfecting breakfast since Truman took office. The Drake-area restaurant makes the sunrise meal an all-day ordeal, so whether you’re craving classics like eggs benedict and huevos rancheros, or want to get a little weird with their cereal-crusted Cap’n Crunch French Toast Sticks, it’s a must try for any first-meal enthusiast. Seriously, for a college-town cornerstone, they serve up a mean plate of pumpkin pancakes.

Find it: 1111 25th St, Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday
(515) 277-1111

Waveland Cafe

It’s easy to understand why the Waveland Cafe is a favorite breakfast haunt: The staff is unshakably friendly, they wear kitschy wall decor as a badge of honor, and the portions are generous almost to a fault. Famished diners should give Waveland’s Best Skillet—ham, peppers, cheese and mushrooms all served over hash browns and toast—a shot. Or try the Lumberman, a plate of crispy biscuits and hash browns drenched in spicy gravy. With a huge menu and a friendly atmosphere, you really can’t go wrong.

Find it: 4708 University Ave., Des Moines
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
(515) 279-4341

The Machine Shed

Iowa’s famous Machine Shed serves as a good reminder that the American farmer is alive and well in the Midwest. This homegrown eatery is a mecca for breakfast connoisseurs, serving up pecan pancakes, steak with eggs, and their award-winning cinnamon rolls seven mornings a week. If you really want to make a morning of it, show up on Saturday or Sunday for the breakfast buffet.

Find it: 11151 Hickman Rd., Urbandale
Hours: Full breakfast 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, limited breakfast 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Breakfast Buffet 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
(515) 270-6818

 


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