Coffee & Treats in West Des Moines

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Since 2008, the Mistry family has served up nutrition in liquid form at Fuel Juice Bar. They blend pure fruit purées into smoothies and mix Oreos, peanut butter, and other satisfying ingredients into protein-packed performance shakes. Patrons can also customize shakes with boosters such as Burn Fat Burn or sip locally grown, organic wheatgrass juice. In the warmer months, the spot also serves frozen yogurt rich with live, active cultures.

5465 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines,
IA
US

Amici Espresso's downtown location has a 4.5-star average from six Yelpers and is liked by 88% of nine Urbanspooners:

5967 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines,
IA
US

4949 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines,
IA
US

Tracie Gregson loves the inherent nostalgia of cupcakes. Each bite reminds her of home. But she’s also aware of the deceptively simple dessert’s endless flavor possibilities. When a friend needed a treat to complement his gourmet barbecue, Tracie took up the challenge and grabbed some slabs of smoked bacon. After some experimentation, she emerged from her kitchen with a maple-bacon cupcake, with a vanilla-spice base crowned with brown-sugar-maple frosting, coarse sugar, and crags of smoked pork.

That cupcake memoir typifies the ongoing flavor development at Tracie Cakes. Eschewing mixes, Tracie prefers scouring online purveyors for the finest ingredients she can find. Shipments regularly arrive with gourmet dutch cocoas, velvety sour creams, and finely sifted powdered sugars that Tracie uses because they balance the sweetness—not too sweet—of her buttercream frostings without sacrificing texture. Such fine ingredients go into her more than 20 flavors of cupcakes, from her personal favorite white wedding cake to the coconut cloud, made with organic cloud flour.

3775 EP Tru Parkway
West Des Moines,
Iowa
US

From the colorful checkered walls to the menu of hearty comfort food, the owners at Cozy Cafe strive to create a nostalgia-tinged dining experience. The vast menu is marked by the restaurant's specialty—Helen and Pat's cavatelli—as well as homemade entrees, including blue-plate specials of meatloaf, hot roast beef, or chicken and noodles, all served with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans. Staff serve up Friedrichs coffee drinks, and for breakfast, chefs flip the traditional array of omelets and pancakes and offer homemade cinnamon rolls as well as homemade biscuits and gravy.

3535 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines,
IA
US

When Britt, the founder of Sweets Minus Wheat, learned she and her two sons had celiac disease, she set about concocting gluten-free treats her whole family could enjoy. Her delectable desserts and baked goods run the gamut from orange dreamsicle cupcakes to muffins, banana bread, and cherry pie.

9089 42nd Lane
Cumming,
IA
US