15 Best Brunch Spots in Des Moines


DES MOINES BRUNCH GUIDEBrunch, by definition, is a mix of breakfast and lunch and typically it’s the greatest hits of each. This also makes it an ideal time to go out to eat, with more choices for everyone, it’s also conducive for dining with kids who will welcome pancakes at any time. Where will you brunch next?

Some of our Favorite Brunch Spots in Des Moines and Why

Best Pop Tart

What: HomeGrown

Where: Sherman Hill

Why: Indulge your inner child or actual children with a homemade pop-tart in seasonal flavors or the classic brown sugar cinnamon.

Multiple Locations

What: St. Kilda

Where: Des Moines, Clive, and Vally Junction

Why: This Australian-style cafe has been a hit since it opened its original location in downtown Des Moines. Now you can brunch in Clive and Valley Junction as well. Their avocado toast is one of the best around and changes seasonally.

The Cool Kid 

What: Little Brother

Where: Windsor Heights

Why: From the same folks as adventurous dinner choice Harbinger, this modern diner has quickly become a favorite. Their aptly named Soon-to-be-Famous Breakfast Sandwich is a towering feat of an egg sandwich.

Outdoor Dining

What: Mullets

Where: Des Moines

Why: Head to this riverside bar and grill in warmer months for brunch with views of downtown from their two-level patio and large beer garden. Can’t decide between sweet and savory? Get their Chicken and Donuts, a plate full of mini donuts and chicken strips, and all the dipping sauces.

Special Buffets

What: Machine Shed

Where: Urbandale

Why: Love a good brunch buffet? Follow them on Facebook for details on their special brunch buffets for events like Easter and Mother’s Day, featuring make-your-own omelets, carving stations, and more!

Brunch With a Side of Hip Hop

What: Eggs and Jam

Where: West Des Moines

Why: Because the only thing that can make brunch better is a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack. With a menu of classics and specialties all with fun names like Yo Homes to Bel Air, the atmosphere is as fun as the food is delicious. Check out their Rumpshaker burrito which changes weekly.

Need Brunch on a Tuesday?

What: Early Bird

Where: West Des Moines

Why: This brunch-only spot serves it every day from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. And with nine different iterations of brunch favorite eggs benedict, you won’t run out of options even if you do go every day.

Fun Cocktails

What: The Breakfast Club

Where: Des Moines

Why: Is part of the reason brunch is so awesome the cocktails? If you said yes, get to The Breakfast Club any day of the week. From mimosa flights to coffee cocktails, various bloody mary iterations, and more, there’s a drink for every imbiber. Need some carbs to soak up the booze? Try the Totchos or Breakfast Corn dogs!

Southern Flare

What: Bubba

Where: Des Moines

Why: Though heavier on the savory side of breakfast, this southern-style restaurant is a cozy spot for groups large and small. Take a trip to the south with brunch options like Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs or Kentucky Hot Brown.

For the Taco Lover

What: Malo

Where: Des Moines

Why: Tacos for breakfast? Yes, please! Or go for the Chilaquiles, a dish at its basic can be called breakfast nachos. For the sweet tooth, the Tres Leches French Toast can’t be beaten. Brunch is served on Saturdays until 2 p.m.

Craft Beer Brunch

What: Barntown Brewing

Where: West Des Moines

Why: Great beer and brunch food go hand and hand, and Barntown does both very well. From their Mexican twist on avocado toast to their pancakes of the month, like lemon poppyseed with blueberry syrup, this is a (somewhat) hidden gem of a brunch spot. Seasonally, they even have a chocolate milk stout for the kid in you!


What: Drake Diner/Waveland Cafe

Where: Des Moines/Booneville

Why: Choosing the best classic diner in the metro is impossible, but these two are definitely top. Omelets, skillets, hash browns, two eggs any style, if these are what you are looking for on a brunch menu these are the stops for you. They have been doing the staples perfectly for decades in classic diner settings.

Seasonal Offerings

What: Fresko

Where: Des Moines

Why: Sourcing from local farms whenever possible, this bright spot lives up to its name. Follow them on social to keep up to date on their specials. Dig into a homegrown omelet with the Veg Out, stuffed with the chef’s choice of seasonal veggies.

Plant Forward

What: Kava DSM

Where: Des Moines

Why: Though predominately plant-based, their menu appeals to all. Almost too pretty to eat smoothie bowls are the star here, but they also have a variety of paleo almond waffles. Be sure to grab one of their mocktails featuring kava for a refreshing drink that you can feel good about!

What’s your favorite brunch spot in town?


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