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Stop in at These 10 New Restaurants in Downtown DSM

Restaurants in Downtown DSM

May 13, 2022

As summer approaches, activities and events are ramping up in Downtown Des Moines (DSM). The Downtown Farmers’ Market is now open every Saturday through October, with plenty of new vendors to try, while records were set at the recent Drake Relays. Other events like 80/35 and the National Balloon Classic Downtown Flyover will bring even more people to Downtown DSM over the course of the summer. If you’re busy planning which events to attend, keep in mind these new restaurants to try while you’re spending time in Downtown DSM.

New Restaurants in Downtown DSM

503 Cocktail Lab and Tasting Room

Located in the Historic East Village at 503 East Locust St., 503 Cocktail Lab + Tasting Room is where you’ll enjoy cocktails and a small menu of delicious options. It’s open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is the perfect spot to stop in before a show at the Des Moines Civic Center. LEARN MORE>

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club at 212 East Third St. is open from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and it’s got breakfast items like loaded hashbrowns, “Monster Cookie Pancakes,” coffee cocktails and other cocktails including a “Morning Martini” and “Cranberry Margarita.” LEARN MORE>

Cinnaholic Cinnamon Roll Store

Also, in the Historic East Village at 505 East Grand Ave. is Cinnaholic Cinnamon Roll Store. The plant-based Cinnaholic is open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily and offers seasonal items like the “Razzle Dazzle Roll” featuring chocolate raspberry frosting, homemade brownie bites, chocolate chips and raspberry jam and the “Blueberry Blitz Roll” with lemon crème frosting, blueberry preserves and marshmallows. LEARN MORE>

DeMo Pizza Co.

At 604 Locust St., Suite 104, DeMo Pizza Co. has opened to offer Chicago- and New York-style pizzas whole or by the slice. DeMo is open Monday through Saturday with varying hours. Try out the “Elote Pizza” with corn mix, lime mayo sauce, cheese, cilantro and chorizo or the “Pickle Pizza” with pickles and white sauce. LEARN MORE>

Dough Crazy

Located at 1220 Locust St. in Western Gateway Park, Dough Crazy is a dessert shop featuring a variety of edible cookie dough. Don’t worry, it’s safe to eat so choose a flavor. Dough Crazy offers “Cherry Cheesecake Cupcake,” “Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake,” “PB Overload” and even “Doughreos,” which are cookie dough-stuffed Oreos. LEARN MORE>

Fresko

A natural food restaurant located at 909 Locust St., Suite 103, Fresko offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options like “Blackened Salmon,” “Golden Dragon Street Noodles” and the “Prime Filet.” Fresko is open seven days a week with varying hours. LEARN MORE>

Hobnob Coffee and Wine Bar

The Hobnob Coffee and Wine Bar is located in the Hotel Fort Des Moines at 1000 Walnut St. The Coffee Bar is open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, while the Wine Bar is open from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Try a “Matcha Latte” featuring Rishi Tea matcha and oat milk, pinot noir or other offerings. LEARN MORE>

JJ Jasmine Thai Cuisine

At JJ Jasmine Thai Cuisine, the “Spicy Egglant & Tofu” is stir-fried in a special house sauce and served up with Jasmine rice. “Panang,” one of the Chef’s Specialties, is made with a yellow curry paste and coconut milk. JJ Jasmine Thai Cuisine is located at 400 Walnut St. and is open Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. LEARN MORE>

Mad Meatball

Mad Meatball is a Downtown DSM pizzeria and pub located at 210 SW 11th St. Try an appetizer like the “Corn Bites,” which are sweet corn kernels, bacon, jalapenos and cream cheese fried and served with your choice of dipping sauce. Mad Meatball has wings, toasted sandwiches, noodles and, of course, pizza. Try the Mad Favorites, including “Mad Meatza,” “Buffalo Chicken Ranch,” “Mad Meatball” or the “Mac ‘N’ Cheese.” Mad Meatball is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. LEARN MORE>

Tupelo Honey

Located at 665 Grand Ave., Suite 100, Tupelo Honey offers Southern food made from scratch. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner items like “Tupelo Shrimp & Grits,” “Blackened Mahi-Mahi,” “Sriracha Honey Fried Chicken & Waffles,” “Meatloaf Patty Melt” and more. Tupelo Honey is open every day with brunch hours on Saturday and Sunday until 4 p.m. and Happy Hour from 3 – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. LEARN MORE>

More Downtown Des Moines (DSM) restaurants are opening all the time. Don’t miss out on bakeries, brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner, pizza, seafood, bars and breweries in downtown. Here’s the in on where to eat locally in Downtown DSM.

Jerrica Marshall

Jerrica Marshall is the downtown placemaking manager at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.