Everywhere to eat and drink on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines
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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.
Traveling from east to west, here are the restaurants and bars on, or near, Ingersoll Avenue:
A Dong Restaurant
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
BAH Brazilian Steakhouse
For an all-you-can-eat churrasco experience with about 15 kinds of meat presented tableside nightly, BAH Brazilian 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.
Teddy Maroon's recently opened, addeing another dining choice to this Des Moines neighborhood with its bustling restaurant scene. Enjoy lunch, brunch and dinner including dishes like corn flake chicken tenders with a huney mustard dipping sauce; the Terrace Hill burger with Swiss cheese, roasted mushrooms, sauteed onions and garlic aioli; or a loaded tater tot breakfast bowl with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, green onion and sour cream.
Location: 2301 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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
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.
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) 528-2293; Facebook
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
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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) 243-3743; Facebook
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
Panka Peruvian Restaurant
Tucked between two chain restaurants in Des Moines is the metro's latest international eatery with South American flavors. Named for the ají panca pepper — central to Peruvian cuisine — Panka is the only Peruvian restaurant in Des Moines at this time. Enjoy traditional Peruvian dishes like lomo saltado — stir-fried beef with onions, tomatoes and a touch of cilantro, served with rice and potato fries — and six kinds of ceviche. Be sure to order an Inca Kola.
Location: 2708 Ingersoll Ave., Ste. B
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m.; Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays.
Contact: (515) 244-1430; 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.
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.
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
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
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) 244-0790; Facebook
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.
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) 243-3196; Facebook
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.
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.
Cheese Bar DSM
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.
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.
Ted's Coney Island
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) 243-8947; Facebook
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
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
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) 277-1219; Facebook
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) 255-1124; Facebook
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