EXPLORE: Brunch!

When it’s not quite breakfast but it isn’t time for lunch...

RC’s Diner
6587 University Ave., Windsor Heights
Nosh on RC’s Schmaltz Biscuit with hot honey and schmaltz butter; The Mitzvah Sandwich starring house corned beef, Russian dressing and Swiss; or order the thick-cut French Toast, dipped in a cinnamon-nutmeg batter and served with house whip cream, plus a sprinkle of powdered sugar and topped with fruit. These fun offerings populate the menu at RC’s Diner — now open in Windsor Heights — plus brunch cocktails and more.
TIP: Send a little love — a round of drinks — to the hard working folks in the back of the house for $7.

1312 Locust St., Des Moines
The Bombshell Brunch offerings include a bloody mary bar with customizable beverages to ensure you’re sipping something crafted the way you enjoy drinking it. Gluten-friendly options are available.

Waveland Cafe
4708 University Ave., Des Moines
This eye-popping menu offers Steak and Eggs, Biscuits and Gravy, or a wide assortment of stick-to-your ribs classic comfort food, including “the best hash browns in the galaxy.” Waveland is a small-town-style cafe with a stated goal of serving excellent food in a home-style setting with personal service, large portions and consistent quality.

Early Bird
9250 University Ave., Suite 107, West Des Moines
Early Bird brunch menu options include: (1) Cereal Killer Pancakes with your choice of Fruity Pebbles, Coco Puffs, Captain Crunch or Cinnamon Toast Crunch; (2) PB&J French Toast topped with whipped peanut-buttercream, blackberry jam and fresh berries; (3) A.M. Pot Pie with flaky puff pastry with sunny eggs, spicy pork sausage gravy, hash browns; or many other unique and fun entrees that’ll hit the spot.

Gilroy’s Kitchen
1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Weekend Brunch is served, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Gilroy’s. This all-you-care-to-eat brunch option is served family style to your table. If it suits you, brunch attendees can upgrade and wash it all down with the “Bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas + Screwdrivers.” Kids 6 and younger eat free.

The Chicken
Along Great Western Trail, 
4221 S. Orilla Road, West Des Moines
Hot boneless chicken strips atop a Belgian waffle along with a cream cheese sauce and some maple syrup... this fun food item is half breakfast and half lunch, so open wide and install.

Eggs and Jam
1907 EP True Parkway, Suite 102, 
West Des Moines
A ’90s-hip-hop fueled retro cafe serving a full track of healthy breakfast-inspired options as well as comfort-food favorites for lunch, and all menu items are named after your hits from the 1990s.

The Breakfast Club 
212 E. Third St., Des Moines
If a regular, boring breakfast is all you want, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want fresh and tasty eats, slightly snarky service, plus carefully crafted breakfast cocktails, try The Breakfast Club, “Because brunch without booze is just … breakfast.” 


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DSM Drag Brunch
Decades Event Center, 1208 Grand Ave., West Des Moines
What’s a drag brunch? One part breakfast, one part lunch and the rest is drag. Combining great food with rollicking fun, and it is all held in an inclusive space with some of the best performers from across the Midwest.