Top 5 Brunch Spots in Des Moines (to cure your hangover)

After a night out on Court Ave, you might be feeling a little “under the weather”. Check out the Top 5 brunch restaurants in Des Moines to cure your hangover!

By Jacob Sales

5. Main Street Cafe

The only restaurant that is “fast casual” on this list, Main Street Cafe is located just outside of Des Moines in Ankeny.

Popular favorites from Main Street Cafe include scrambles like the Fiesta Citrus Chili & Chorizo Scramble, or sweet treats like Cinnamon Roll French Toast, and a wide variety of breakfast sandwiches.

If you are more in the mood for lunch, Main Street Cafe also serves salads, pastas, and wraps all day!

Main Street Cafe is a great place for a quick, quiet breakfast or lunch without the fuss of being waited on.

Breakfast favorites served 5:30am-10:30am during the week and 5:30am to 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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4. Americana

Americana is the only option that is a buffet AND only available on weekends… but it’s worth it! They offer two options, an “Endless Eats” buffet for $24 or the “Endless Eats and Drink Combo” which includes an unlimited Bloody Mary, Mimosa, and Screwdriver bar for $39.

Easily the most expensive option of the five mentioned, so come hungry to get your money’s worth!

Brunch dishes include staples like bacon, sausage, ham, potatoes, and cheesy eggs along with more unique takes like a Mac and Cheese Bar, Mashed Potato Bar, and even a “Brunch Taco Bar”. To top it all off you can even treat yourself to a “Grilled Cheese Station” for a “made-to-order” grilled cheese.

Don’t get too full, and make sure to leave room for a few drinks! If you opt for the eats and drink combo, you get to choose from Brut Champagne, Sparkling Rose, and a House Vodka.
From there they have options like House Bloody Mix for the bloody lovers and an extensive list of garnishes like lil’ smokies, olives, Hot Cheeto’s, Worcestershire, Sriracha, among others to top off your perfect bloody mary.

For Mimosa lovers, you get a long list of juices and purees to choose from. Cranberry and Pineapple juice along with Mango and Passionfruit puree are just a few of the choices for your mimosa.

Americana serves their “Bombshell Brunch Buffet” every Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm.

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3. Drake Diner

Oh how we love a good ole diner. Drake Diner delivers on classic breakfast staples at a reasonable price. No fancy gimmicks or tricks, just a diner here.

Opened in 1987, this is a tried and true Des Moines classic! Meals range from Eggs and Omelets, Skillets and Sweets, and Specials like Eggs Benedict and Chicken Fried Steak. Plus breakfast is served all day, everyday!

If you are in the mood for some lunch, the Drake Diner has you covered. A long list of burgers and sandwiches highlight their lunch menu. Standouts include the Maytag Burger and the Pesto Chicken sandwich.

If you want to keep the buzz going, Drake Diner does have a full-service bar. Bud Light, Exile Ruthie, and Confluence Des Moines IPA are their beers on tap accompanied by other domestic and export bottles. They also make a great mimosa.

Drake Diner opens at 7am everyday and closes at 3pm on Monday and Tuesday, 9pm on Wednesday, 10pm Thursday-Saturday, and 9pm on Sunday.

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2. Eggs and Jam

Where Drake Diner lacks in flashy gimmicks, Eggs and Jams makes up for it with it’s hip-hop theme breakfast spot. This “retro cafe” is all about the 90’s right down to the names of their dishes and drinks.

You don’t go to Eggs and Jam just to get breakfast, you go there to drink too! They have a long list of exciting cocktails to wake you right up. Favorites include “The Chronic”, “Royal Ice-T”, and their delicious lavender mimosa.

Now that Eggs and Jam have you feelin right, it’s time to pick out some breakfast. They keep their menu small, but mighty with “Originals” like Mimosa Chicken and Waffles and “Back that Taco Up” that are sure to satisfy your brunch desires.

Located in West Des Moines, Eggs and Jam is open from 8am-3pm Wednesday-Friday and an hour earlier on Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm!

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1. The Breakfast Club

The newest kid on the block, this 80’s theme restaurant will be making you say they got the right stuff! Opened just over a year ago, and now with two locations, The Breakfast Club proves brunch is a vibe.

From the neon colored walls, art pop decor, and 80’s hits on repeat, the atmosphere is like no other on this list. This is one of the smaller restaurants however, so get there early on the weekends or prepare to wait!

The Breakfast Club has a full-service bar with an extensive list of coffee and “morning cocktails”. The “Tipsy Turtle” or “Morning Martini” will start breakfast right.

The Breakfast Club knows… Well, breakfast. A variety of takes on eggs benedicts, “Loaded Hashbrown” dishes, and “Not So Standard” meals like the “Panchodilla” and “Notorious B&G” that will have you coming back!

When I asked Kacey Jones, General Manager of The Breakfast Club (East Village) what makes the Breakfast Club different she notes “The first thing you notice when you walk in is the ambiance. From the drinks, the unique dishes, to the 80’s vibe, The BC is THE brunch experience”.

Open daily at 6am-2:30pm everyday of the week in the East Village and West Des Moines.

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