Smokey Row Coffee: The whole town seemed to be here when I entered — which just means it’s about as local as I could possibly get. And the menu seems endless so there’s something here for everyone. I enjoyed a hot latte.
La Mie: If people weren’t at Smokey Row, they were having breakfast at La Mie. You have your choice of endless pastries or breakfast options like French toast and eggs. As you can imagine, I needed some greens in my diet so I opted for the veggie scramble, which was extremely satisfying.
The Cheese Shop: Just a couple doors down from La Mie, I stumbled upon The Cheese Shop. Filled with local cheeses, beers and wine, I stocked up on treats for the guys (and for my tour bus). I couldn’t leave without trying their pâté sandwich. I took more than a bite of that one.
B&B Grocery, Meat and Deli: I’m no dummy. I knew I needed to have pork tenderloin at some point in my day. So I headed to B&B for a pork tenderloin sandwich and also left with a Dad’s Killer, as well as an Italian Sandwich. Enough said.
Zombie Burger: I received an overwhelming response of: “You can’t leave Des Moines without having Zombie Burger.” And I didn’t want to disappoint. They’re serving good burgers and really good milkshakes. My personal favorite is the Zombie Joe (I know, shocking).
Fong’s Pizza: You ready for this? Fong’s Pizza is one of the coolest establishment’s I’ve ever been to. And I’m sad it’s not closer to Atlanta. Let me set the scene for you: Chinese decor, tiki drinks and serious pizza. Eating there with my crew was the most fun we’ve had on the tour yet. I’d recommend the Crab Rangoon (it was incredible), we also ordered the Beef and Broccoli, as well as a couple slices of the special Jalapeno Mac and Cheese pizza. I can’t wait to go back.
Images © Alton Brown, 2014