Three Fresh Restaurants to Experience in Downtown DSM
Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is known for incredible restaurants, but if you haven’t been here in a while, you might need to head this way because we’ve got a list of three hotspots you won’t want to miss.
1. Horizon Line Coffee – 1417 Walnut Street B, Des Moines, Iowa
Hours: M-F 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sa-Su 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A coffee bar and roastery striving to create an experience around coffee, Horizon Line Coffee opened its doors in 2017. The Western Gateway Park location is an inclusive community and offers everything from regular brews and coffee flights to lattes, chai lattes and cappuccinos.
2. Railroad Bill’s Dining Car – 621 Des Moines Street, Des Moines, Iowa
Hours: T-Su 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Closed Monday
Located in The Historic East Village, Railroad Bill’s Dining Car is an all-day breakfast and lunch classic diner that opened in 2017, adding a food truck and patio with outdoor seating in 2018. The restaurant features biscuits and gravy, hash brown platters and omelets for breakfast alongside patty melts, burgers and more for lunch.
3. The Walnut – 1417 Walnut St., Des Moines, Iowa
Hours: M 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; T-Th 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Formerly The Spot Food Truck, DSM’s first modern food truck, The Walnut opened its Downtown DSM permanent location in 2017. Serving up made-to-order sandwiches and sides, this local restaurant also creates its dishes with locally sourced ingredients.
New in 2019
St. Kilda Surf + Turf
The owners of DSM’s Australian-style café and bakery, St. Kilda Café & Bakery, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, specializing in healthy, modern dishes, will introduce St. Kilda Surf + Turf into the Downtown DSM dining scene in the spring of 2019. The new location in the Historic East Village will serve fish and chips, souvlaki, salads and more.
1717 Brewing Co.
Three brothers started 1717 Brewing Co. as a tribute to their family. Jerry, Phil and Matt offer a variety of beers as well as a podcast where they discuss their brewing history, brewing equipment, naming beers and more.
Teddy Maroon’s, a pub-style restaurant on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines, is located just outside Downtown DSM, but we had to mention it. Opened in 2018, the restaurant is owned by the creators of downtown favorite Bubba.
Learn more about Downtown DSM restaurants and nightlife here.
Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a growing, vibrant community that offers the energy, sophistication, housing and attractions of a big city. It’s also easy to visit with plentiful and affordable street and ramp parking options.