Growing up and living most of my life on the east side of Des Moines (yes, east-side pride!), I've come to appreciate the wide range of selections it has to offer. You can taste all kinds of goodies within a 5 to 10 mile radius. Here are 7 hidden gems to hit up on the east side.
Papa Kern's Café
Whether you want breakfast all day, or dinner entrees for brunch, Papa Kern's Café is the spot. Their Denver Omelet ($8.49) is a combination of eggs, melted cheddar cheese, peppers and onions with a side of whole cut fries. Want something a little more hardy? Try their Roast Beef Dinner ($7.99)—savory and meaty to the core.
Find it: 2905 Hubbell Ave.
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Granny's Sweet Freeze Shoppe
Family-owned ice cream shop, Granny's Sweet Freeze Shoppe, has a variety of chilled treats from dipped ice creams to flavored shaved ice. Cool down and grab some sweets from one of the best on the east side.
Find it: 3417 Hubbell Ave.
Hours: noon-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-10 p.m. Sunday
Info: facebook.com/pages/ Grannys-Sweet-Freeze-Shoppe
Egg rolls and crab rangoons. Pho and wonton soup. Pad Thai and Lo Mein. Maybe some phad-ce-ew —sautéed wide rice noodles with vegetables in a sweet brown sauce. Rolling Wok has your Asian cuisine cravings covered. They're also vegetarian friendly — ask for tofu as your "meat." Order to-go or dine in.
Find it: 1534 E. Grand Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4p.m. Sunday
Patton's Restaurant and Catering
Take a few steps down to Rolling Wok's neighbor, Patton's Restaurant and Catering. Come treat yo' self to some soul food — southern fried chicken or fish. If you want to eat all the soul food you can eat, hit up Patton's on Sundays for their Soul Food Buffet. $16 includes all the food you can stuff in your mouth, plus desserts and beverages.
Find it: 1552 E. Grand Ave. STE. D
Hours: Call for hours of operation. Times vary.
Eastman's Jamaican Cuisine
Travel to Jamaica by driving to Eastman's Jamaican Cuisine. Jerk. Everything. Jerk chicken, jerk seafood, shrimp, tilapia and more. They also make pasta and chili — jerk style. They specialize in Jamaican cuisine fusing dishes with a Jamaican twist. You never have to use a passport to get some good eats here.
Find it: 1100 E. 14th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday
Now, I don't always go to a sit-down Mexican restaurant (because I order to-go from Tasty Tacos), but when I do, I go to Pueblo Viejo. They've got everything from tacos to enchiladas to steak dishes and deep fried ice cream. The food comes out quick and hot, and it leaves you full.
Find it: 3841 E. 14th St.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Home Plate Diner
Home Plate Diner has a huge selection to choose from, but on those days where you want a baked potato and are too lazy to turn your oven on, this is the place to get loaded. Add cheese, bacon bits and sour cream. Or maybe you want chili and cheese. Or substitute the chili for broccoli. Baked potatoes never tasted so good.
Find it: 3900 NE 14th St.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday