1312 Locust St.; 515-283-1312

Saturdays and Sundays, the buffet tables of the “Bombshell Brunch” brim with more than 30 popular breakfast and brunch items. See full listing for Americana, page 15.

Bubba—Southern Comforts

Many of the weekend brunch offerings here swing Southern (e.g., fried green tomato Benedict, chicken-fried steak and eggs, and Texas breakfast tacos). See full listing for Bubba, page 15.


1003 Locust St.; 515-248-1780

Executive chef George Formaro’s scrupulously wrought breads make Centro’s amply portioned yet refined brunch dishes stand out. Try the Centro breakfast pizza, featuring scrambled eggs and our city’s famed Graziano Italian sausage atop Formaro’s signature pizza crust—thin, chewy and edged with irresistible pockets of char. Or, try the Italian bacon and eggs, with locally made La Quercia prosciutto and arugula atop slices of chef Formaro’s artisanal country-Italian toast. See full listing for Centro, page 7.

Drake Diner

1111 25th St.; 515-277-1111

Just about every kind of breakfast and brunch dish is served here, including eggs any way, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, grits, corned beef hash, eggs Benedict—you get the idea. It’s the quintessential diner-style breakfast that you’re looking for, served all day, every day. The retro-style chrome-and-black Drake neighborhood mainstay has been a landmark since it opened in the 1980s. In the summer, enjoy the pleasant screened patio.

Eatery A

2932 Ingersoll Ave.; 515-282-8085

Chef Nic Gonwa’s brunch dishes arrive robust yet beautifully detailed. Consider, for example, a quiche Florentine, with spinach and a brown-butter crust, served with a shaved fennel salad. The one-of-a-kind breakfast cocktails, such as the Saint of Morning (St. Germain, gin, champagne, honey rosemary) or the 2932 (grapefruit, Campari, St. Germain), travel well beyond the usual brunch sips. See full listing for Eatery A, page 15.

Gateway Market and Cafe

GATEWAY MARKET AND CAFE – The breakfast sandwich consists of scrambled eggs (more like a delicately folded omelet), thick bacon and cheese tucked in a hearty-yet-flaky homemade biscuit.

2002 Woodland Ave.; 515-243-1754

Located in historic Sherman Hill, Gateway is the sort of snug gourmet market every neighborhood needs, complete with a casual cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. In the mornings, the always-bustling spot offers plenty of breakfast and brunch favorites, from healthful yogurt parfaits and steel-cut oatmeal to more indulgent options, such as breakfast burritos, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, generous omelets, and the outstanding biscuit sandwich. Kid-size favorites are a plus for families.

Jethro’s BBQ N’ Bacon Bacon

1480 22nd St., West Des Moines

When a trip to big-food heaven calls your name, remember that few places do all-out gluttony better than Jethro’s. Two cases in point: the chocolate cookie-dough pancakes and the Bulldog Omelet (with Texas brisket, sauteed onions and peppers, and cheese). This and other breakfast-in-excess dishes pack the place day in and day out (and yes, breakfast is served all day, every day).

Le Jardin

2815 Beaver Ave. Suite 101; 515-255-5787

Come the weekend, this casual French eatery serves filling yet refined crepes and omelets as well as hoagies for the lunch-leaning crowd. Better yet, the side dishes are equally fine-tuned—choose from, for example, Portuguese linguiça sausage, peach cobbler coffeecake and other off-the-beaten-path delights. See full listing for Le Jardin, page 17.

St. Kilda

300 S.W. Fifth St.; 515.369.7854

The all-day breakfast options include pastries and granola made in-house and creative egg dishes. See full listing for St. Kilda on page 19.

Vivian’s Diner + Drinks

VIVIAN’S DINER + DRINKS – The apple cinnamon French toast is topped with sweet cream cheese icing and berries.

400 Walnut St.; 515-282-8936

This is a good downtown option, especially if you get a late start—breakfast and brunch is served 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Find twists on such favorites as eggs Benedict (Surf & Turf with poached eggs, crab cake, steak and Bearnaise sauce) as well as hearty plates such as Mac & Eggs (jalapeno cheddar cheese sauce, fried eggs, pancetta and buttermilk biscuit crumbles). See more on Vivian’s on page 17. +