Did you know that today, March 25th, is Waffle Day? Or Våffeldagen in Sweden, where the day began, and you celebrate Spring by eating too many waffles! Lucky for us, Des Moines has a few local spots serving them up. So whether you like your waffles oozing with syrup, straight up red velvet or served with a side of chicken, waffles are great any time of day, so try one soon from our list of favorites below.
1111 25th Street • Des Moines, IA • (515) 277-1111
For some of the most mouthwatering waffles in all of Des Moines, head over to Drake Diner. Whether you like your waffles savory or sweet this 50’s themed diner located in the heart of the Drake Neighborhood won’t disappoint. They serve up Belgian Waffles served with real butter and warm maple syrup. You can also add bananas, pecans or a warm strawberry topping and whipped cream. Or, try Chicken & Waffles, a golden, juicy fried chicken breast up on top of their crispy waffle. Drizzle on some syrup for a down south taste sensation!
1450 SW Vintage Parkway #120 • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 243-8888
The name says it all and it’s what they do best…Chicken and Waffle breakfast pizza??? The recently opened Fong’s Pizza located at the District at Prairie Trail in Ankeny is serving up a creative selection of breakfast pizzas and Chicken and Waffles (pizza) is on the menu. This modern take on the soulful classic “chicken and waffles” includes country gravy, fried chicken, waffles, mozzarella, cheddar and a maple syrup drizzle. Plus, Fong’s is totally kid-friendly so you can dine in comfort!
900 Mulberry Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 244-5000
Whether you’re wanting waffles for breakfast or dinner you’ll be able to satisfy your craving at Malo. A great place to go for either brunch or dinner – here, a waffle really can be a full meal and then some. Malo is known for a fantastic Sunday brunch and you’ll be able to load up on waffles at the buffet. Bonus kids eat FREE from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. But, if you’re hankering waffles for dinner try Malo’s Chicken & Waffles, two fried chicken breasts and waffles served with syrup and country gravy.
Patton’s – CLOSED
1552 East Grand Avenue, Suite D • Des Moines, IA • (515) 265-2203
Patton’s Restaurant is a casual dining establishment offering Cajun Creole, Caribbean Jerk and a variety of southern soul foods. Foods are served up buffet style and their menu offerings are rotated throughout the week. Thursday’s lunch special includes their famous Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Frosting. Enjoy your Red Velvet Waffles with Patton’s Southern Fried Chicken, the ultimate combination of savory-and-sweet, this combo serves up two kid-classics on one plate.
Tacopacalypse – CLOSED
407 E 5th Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 556-0571
Whether you prefer your waffles with Nutella, Korean chicken or just W.O.W, Tacopacalypse in the East Village serves up creative waffle concoctions during their Sunday Brunchpocalypse. Choose from Korean Chicken and Waffle, their house made waffle topped with Korean Chicken, Sriracha Aioli, Unagi Sauce, and Spicy Slaw. A Nutella Stuffed Waffle with cinnamon syrup and mini chocolate chips. French Toast Waffle, which is a beer waffle dipped in French Toast batter and griddled, served with house made honey butter and cinnamon syrup or their W.O.W (Waffle of the Week), a different waffle creation every week.
Where does your family like to nosh on waffles in Des Moines? Tell us in a comment below.