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Des Moines' 2021 skywalk dining guide: Where to find food downtown (without having to go outside)

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Des Moines' skywalk spans more than four miles across the city center.If you're visiting, working or staying downtown — as will be many people for the 2021 Dew Tour — it's good to know that just about whatever kind of food you're looking for is within a pleasant stroll. 

Here's a guide to what's available. 

Here's a list of where to find food without leaving the Des Moines skywalk (not including the concessions at Wells Fargo Arena).  

Related: Where to eat in downtown Des Moines

Where to grab a bite in the skywalk

You can find all of these locations by using the map above. 

Templeton Distillery at The Fort

Iowa Events Center, 730 3rd St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Appetizers, sandwiches, burgers. Full bar and Templeton Rye cocktails.

Hours: Open 90 minutes prior to, and during, most concerts and sporting events

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The Daily Grind 

Iowa Events Center; 730 Third St., Des Moines; (515) 564-8000

Coffee, beverages, bakery items

Hours: Open during select events

Park Street Kitchen and Bar

Hilton Des Moines Downtown, 435 Park St., Des Moines; (515) 645-4065; Facebook

Upscale breakfast, lunch and dinner for takeout at the closest hotel to the Iowa Events Center. Full bar. Guests may be seated in the lobby.

Hours: Breakfast 6-11 a.m.; lunch 11.30 a.m.-1.30 p.m;  dinner 4-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Bar service and bar bites menu available 11.30 to 1 a.m.

The Marketplace

Capital Square, 400 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 237-8144;

Convenience store.

Hours: 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

Panda Chinese Food

Capital Square, 400 Locust St., Suite 235, Des Moines; (515) 244-0800; Facebook

Regional Chinese food, appetizers and entrees for takeout or dine-in.

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday 

J J Jasmine Thai Cuisine

Kirkwood Building, 400 Walnut St #2, Des Moines; (515) 288-4247; Facebook

Thai appetizers and entrees. Dine-in during lunchtime only; carryout only at night.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday

W-Tao Sushi

Kirkwood Building, first floor, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines; (515) 777-3636;

Sushi and Japanese food for dine-in or carryout.

Hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 4- 10 p.m. Friday; noon-10 p.m. Saturday.

Court Avenue Brewing Company

Saddlery Building, first floor, 309 Court Ave., Des Moines; (515) 282-2739; Facebook

Brewpub; open for lunch and dinner.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Equitable Building, first floor, 604 Locust St, Des Moines; (515) 957-4903; Facebook

Sandwich shop for dine-in or carryout.

Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday 

La Mie Elevate

2 Ruan Center, 601 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 243-1835; Facebook

Breakfast and lunch café for dine-in or carry-out.

Hours: 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday

Smokey D’s BBQ — Skywalk

2 Ruan Center, 601 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 245-3800; Facebook

Barbecue joint serving lunch for dine-in or takeout.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday 

Palmer’s Deli & Market

Kaleidoscope at the Hub, 655 Walnut St., Des Moines; (515) 288-4466; Facebook

Breakfast, sandwiches, soups, salads, snacks and desserts for dine-in or carryout

Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday- Friday


606 Walnut St, Des Moines, first floor; (515) 283-2591; Facebook

Pharmacy chain with snacks and other food and beverage items.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Monda-Friday 

Akebono 515

Davis Brown Tower, first floor, 215 10th St., Des Moines; (515) 244-5972; Facebook

Japanese restaurant serving sushi and sashimi.

Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday; 5- 9 p.m. Sunday

Local Bites food court

Partnership Building, basement, 700 Locust St., Des Moines; Facebook

Food court serving a variety of menus for breakfast and lunch. Dine-in or takeout.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Basil Prosperi

Principal Building, 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 244-2070; Facebook

Pizza, pasta, soups, salads.

Hours: Breakfast  7.30-10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monda-Friday 


Partnership Building, 700 Locust St., Des Moines

Chick-fil-A's original chicken sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, waffle fries and bottled drinks.

Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday,  

Basil Prosperi

Principal Building, 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 244-2070; Facebook

Pizza, pasta, soups, salads.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday

801 Chophouse

Principal Building, first floor; 801 Grand Ave., Des Moines; (515) 288-6000; Facebook

Fine dining, with steaks, seafood, wine and cocktails.

Hours: 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 5-9 p.m. Sunday

Mash + Marrow

Des Moines Marriott Downtown, first floor, 700 Grand Ave.; Des Moines; (515) 245-5500

Hotel dining room with upscale seasonal dishes, appetizers, cocktails and wine.

Hours: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 2 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 11-1 a.m. Saturday 

Rock River Tavern 

Des Moines Marriott Downtown, first floor, 700 Grand Ave.; Des Moines; (515) 245-5500

Casual American restaurant serving breakfast 

Hours: 7-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Hyatt Place Des Moines/Downtown

418 Sixth Ave., Des Moines; (515) 282-5555; Facebook

Coffee, cocktails, continental breakfast, bar food menu. Breakfast bar with individually wrapped, pre-packaged breakfast items.

Bar hours: 6 a.m.-midnight daily

Breakfast bar hours: 6.30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday; 7-10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday

Jimmy John's

Nationwide/Allied Insurance Building, first floor, 1230 Locust St., Des Moines; (515) 243-7827; Facebook

Fast sandwich shop.

Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

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