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Ingersoll Avenue has been attracting foodies for years with classic Des Moines restaurants like Jesse's Embers, Noah's Ark and Ted's Coney Island.

Recent additions including Harbinger and Cheese Bar mean more variety in the area, which will grow even more diverse when BAH Brazilian Steakhouse opens this summer.

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Traveling from east to west, here are the restaurants and bars on, or near, Ingersoll Avenue:

A Dong Restaurant

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A Dong Restaurant is just steps away from where Ingersoll Avenue begins on the corner of High and 15th streets. Enjoy Vietnamese and other Asian specialties like pho, bun, stir-fry and hotpots. Vegetarian options abound like fried tofu with dipping sauce, vegetarian egg rolls and spring rolls. The menu is extensive, so you can order by the number to make it easier.

Location: 1511 High St., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Mondays

Contact: (515) 284-5632; adongrestaurant.netwaiter.comFacebook

BAH Brazilian Steakhouse

For an all-you-can-eat churrasco experience with about 15 kinds of meat presented tableside nightly, BAH Brazilaian Steakhouse is the place to go. Relax and enjoy specialty cocktails, share plates and tapas, a lavish salad bar and, of course, a wide assortment of meats hand-carved by skilled gauchos. Fish dishes can also be ordered here. 

Location: 2301 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. 500, Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 11 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Contact: (515) 705-0085; bahbraziliansteakhouse.com; Facebook

Gusto Pizza

Choose your own toppings or order a signature pizza with names as unique as the toppings. The Vincent Van Goat is rosemary oil, maple glazed ham, Genoa Salami, goat cheese, Romano, capers and fried sweet peppers. The $10 Divine7 deal is available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You get a 7-inch pizza and your choice of house salad, pasta salad, Panzanella salad or cup of soup and a fountain drink.

Location: 1905 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Contact: (515) 244-8786; gustopizzaco.com

Juniper Moon

This sexy lounge with cozy seating areas and a swanky patio features a cocktail list that is worth a visit before or after dinner on Ingersoll Avenue. Chat over a game of checkers or chess while sipping on a Zac Saffron made with River Rose gin, dry curacao, sweet vermouth, smoked honey, saffron and lemon. You can order pizza from Gusto inside a 1920s phone booth, and it will be delivered to you from across the street.

Location: 2005 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 2 to 10 p.m.

Contact: (515) 369-7786; junipermoondm.comFacebook

The Waverly

A classic bar and grill, The Waverly serves up burgers, sandwiches and pizza for dinner on weeknights when they open at 4 p.m., and lunch and dinner on weekends when they open at noon.

Location: 2120 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact: (515) 528-2293Facebook

Noah's Ark

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A Des Moines staple, the Lacona family opened Noah’s in 1946. Enjoy classic Italian dishes like veal alla mozzarella, Calabrese-style lasagne, or the fried chicken, pizza and steak. Don’t pass up the complimentary garlic knots and try to save room for a slice of the San Francisco blackout cake, lemon fantasy, coconut whiteout cake or chocolate windmill cake.

Location: 2400 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; closed Sundays

Contact: (515) 288-2246; noahsarkdesmoines.comFacebook

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Abelardo's Mexican Restaurant

This regional chain has five locations throughout the Des Moines metro, one in Ames and eight in Omaha. It's known for fast service and reasonable prices. Abelardo's menu has an extensive selection of Tex-Mex classics and combinations.

Location: 2510 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Thrursday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 a.m.

Contact: (515) 243-3743Facebook

Sakari Sushi Lounge

As the name suggests, sushi is the specialty at Sakari. Besides nigiri and sashimi, there is also a vegetarian roll menu and specialty rolls including the Iowa surf and turf (it includes bacon-wrapped tempura shrimp) and the Bruce Lee (spicy tuna and crab mix, mango, cucumber, tempura, spicy mayo and unagi sauce, topped with tobiko). If sushi isn’t your thing, there are also teriyaki and noodle dishes.

Location: 2605 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; closed Sundays

Contact: (515) 288-3381; sakarisushilounge.com; Facebook

Big Tomato Pizza

This pizza joint is a great place to pop in for a slice or a whole pie. They have 41 toppings and specialty pizzas like the chili dog, lemon pepper chicken or potato and onion ring. Big Tomato is open until 3 a.m. and offers free delivery to most of Des Moines.

Location: 2613 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Contact: (515) 505-1333; thebigtomato.bizFacebook

Krunkwich Ramen House

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Get your fill of ramen, banh mi sandwiches, noodle and rice dishes and a variety of “Krunkspiced” tater tots. Have a big, steaming bowl of chicken ramen with miso, roasted chicken, charred corn and napa cabbage. Or try the Bulgogi Tots with whiz cheese sauce, bulgogi, kimchi, unagi, gochujang, green onion and sesame. 

Location: 2721 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; closed Sundays

Contact: (515) 867-3674; krunkwich.comFacebook

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Los Banditos Hot Dog Speakeasy

On Friday and Saturday nights at 10 p.m., Krunkwich turns into Los Banditos Hot Dog Speakeasy and is open until 3 a.m. Expect eclectic hot dogs (pork or vegan) like the ultra-megadog (a double dog on a toasted banh mi roll, miso whiz, hand cut fries, caramelized onion and 420 island sauce).

Location: 2721 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.; closed Sunday through Thursday

Contact: (515) 867-3674; losbanditoshotdogs.comFacebook

Uncle Wendell's BBQ Catering & Bakery

When you’re in the mood for BBQ, go for the brisket, pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich. Get baked beans or potato salad on the side and order a cookie or dutch letter for dessert. If you’re not in the mood for a sandwich, try the jambalaya with hot pepper cornbread. Save room for the giant iced cinnamon rolls.

Location: 2716 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Sunday through Tuesday

Contact: (515) 288-3207; Facebook

Zanzibar's Coffee Adventure

Get caffeinated with an espresso, brew of the day, tea or Italian soda. Enjoy a small breakfast menu all day long (eggs, toasts, English muffins) or grab a danish, muffin, scone, or biscotti. You can also try a fruit or coffee smoothie.

Location: 2723 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: (515) 244-7694; zanzibarscoffee.comFacebook

Harbinger

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Harbinger has become a culinary destination since its opening, taking the location of Bistro Montage. Chef and co-owner Joe Tripp has brought his serious take of using Iowa ingredients and transforming them into works of art — delivering flavor profiles and presentations inspired by his extensive annual travels throughout southeast Asia. The ever-changing menu reflects what is in peak season throughout the year.

Location: 2724 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays

Contact: (515) 244-1314; harbingerdsm.comFacebook

Crème Cupcake + Dessert

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Des Moines’ first dessert lounge. Crème offers a pairing menu to find the perfect dessert and drink combination. Try the dessert of the month, banana bread pudding or peanut butter lava cake. Or go for the dessert sampler. The lounge is open in the evenings, but during the day you can stop in for a cupcake and coffee.

Location: 543 28th St., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays

Contact: (515) 288-1050; cremecupcake.comFacebook

Star Bar

Share small plates (edamame, garlic and Parmesan fries, stir fried green beans, to name a few) with a group or order a big plate (fish and chips, Cajun pasta, blackened catfish tacos), burger or salad. 

Location: 2811 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Contact: (515) 244-0790Facebook

Chocolaterie Stam

This small chocolate chain is a great place to treat yourself to some fine confections. From bonbons and cookies to baking chocolate and coffees, you can get something for yourself or a gift bundle for someone special. You can even have it shipped. Candies like licorice, butter truffles and sea salt caramels are just a few of the assorted specialties.

Location: 2814 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: (515) 282-9575; stamchocolate.comFacebook

Ingersoll Tap

This dive bar with an outdoor patio is a cozy spot to unwind after a busy day at work or before heading out for a dinner on Ingersoll Avenue. Enjoy daily drink specials and trivia games on Thursday nights.

Location: 2837 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact: (515) 243-3196Facebook

Palmer's Deli & Market

The variety offered at Palmer's makes it a great spot for groups of people with different tastes. Get a made-to-order salads, soups and sandwiches, a platter of prepared salads or order from the gluten-free menu. Prepared salads include egg salad, tuna salad, vegetable salads, pasta salads and fruit salads. The Ingersoll location also serves breakfast on Saturdays.

Location: 2843 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Contact: (515) 274-4004; palmersdeliandmarket.comFacebook

Wellman's Pub

Pick from a variety of appetizers or order wraps, sandwiches, burgers or pizza. For a light lunch, order the you-pick-two (choice of 1/2 BLT, classic club or tuna melt, side salad or bowl of soup) for $8.99. Brunch is offered on the weekends.

Location: 2920 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact: (515) 245-9737; wellmanspub.comFacebook

Cheese Bar DSM

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Celebrate all things cheese at this communal extension of The Cheese Shop on Ingersoll with a full kitchen and bar. Try an open-face Scandinavian sandwich called a smörg. Or take a dip into some fondue and nibble on potatoes smothered with ooey gooey melted raclette. Of course, there are ample opportunities to take a bite out of a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or enjoy an assorted cheese and charcuterie board.

Location: 2925 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.

Contact: (515) 277-7828; cheesebardsm.comFacebook

Eatery A

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Mediterranean-inspired dishes, wood-fired pizzas, and craft beer are all offered at Eatery A. Choose from a variety of appetizers that include fried gnocchi, beef kibbeh, and dirty rice arancini. Pasta, steaks and even octopus are entree options. Go for happy hour (every day from 3 to 6 p.m.) and get pizza, wine and draft beer half-off.

Location: 2932 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Contact: (515) 282-8085; eateryadsm.comFacebook

Ted's Coney Island

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As the name suggests, you can get Coney Island dogs at Ted’s. You can also get gyros, Grecian grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers. Baskets will fill you up — they include fries, onion rings and coleslaw.

Location: 3020 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10:30 to 8 p.m.

Contact: (515) 243-8947Facebook

Zimm's Food & Spirits

Zimm’s offers lots of appetizers like macho nachos, chicken wings, onion rings and loaded skins to order while you belly up to the bar. Zimm's also has plenty of sandwiches, burgers like The Texan with bacon, barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese and a large slice of grilled onion served on Texas toast.

Location: 3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Contact: (515) 277-9929Facebook

Jesse's Embers

Open since 1963, Jesse’s Embers is known for steak and seafood. Diners can watch as their food is cooked on the open flame grill. Open for lunch and dinner, order the Emberburger (1/2 pound sirloin beef patty), the open pit French dip, filet mignon or the "Deena's Slippers" — beer battered lobster tails.

Location: 3300 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; closed Sunday

Contact: (515) 255-6011; theoriginaljessesembers.com; Facebook

El Patio Mexican Restaurant

Open all year long, El Patio serves up southwest style Mexican food. During the warmer months, take advantage of the patio at the back of the restaurant while you enjoy a margarita. A few of the menu items include blue corn enchiladas, black bean flautas, and The Original Seven — seven classic El Patio dinner platters. Remember to start with some nachos.

Location: 611 37th St., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.; closed Mondays

Contact: (515) 274-2303

Hagar's Manhattan Deli

Open for lunch, get there early or expect to wait in line (don’t worry, it moves quickly). Order the daily special or off the extensive sandwich menu. The Tuesday special is so popular you can order it any day of the week — oven roasted turkey, ham, Swiss, mayo, Manhattan seasoning and homemade Parmesan cheese sauce, served warm on a hoagie bun. Enjoy sides, a variety of homemade soups and special dessert bars each day.

Location: 3705 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed Sunday

Contact: (515) 274-1208; hagarsmanhattandeli.comFacebook

Greenwood Lounge

This dive bar that's been around for decades features live music, pitchers and cans of cold beer. It's a come-as-you-are kind of place that's perfect for a nightcap or just to unwind and have a conversation with locals.

Location: 3707 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 2:15 p.m. to 2 a.m.; closed Sundays

Contact: (515) 277-1219Facebook

Bauder's

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The last entry on this list is like taking a step into the past. Grab a seat at the counter and try the egg salad sandwich, tuna melt or the Roosevelt Special (turkey with Swiss and mustard grilled on a hoagie bun). Order a shake, sundae or flavored soda to go with your meal. In the summer you can order homemade peach or strawberry ice cream. Or go for one of the signature Bauder's peppermint-chocolate ice cream bars. 

Location: 3802 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines

Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed Mondays

Contact: (515) 255-1124Facebook

Have a restaurant or bar on Ingersoll Avenue and you don't see it on this list? Please contact Brian Carlson at btaylorcar@dmreg.com to be added.

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