Dining Out: Monday Style

Gnocchi with herb crema, roasted vegetables and the option of chicken confit or prawns from Alba in Des Moines. The popular East Village restaurant is open on Mondays.

Writer: Karla Walsh

‘Tis the season for catching up over a meal with friends and family, and for celebrating the season with co-workers and confidants. No longer reserved for just the weekend, chances are you’ll soon be seeking a weeknight venue.

One of the most common questions I’ve been fielding since restaurants have begun to reopen post-pandemic (and continue to try to round out their service staff): “Where can I dine out on a Monday?”

In case you, too, have found it challenging to land at a spot that’s open on this frequent “weekend” day in the hospitality industry, I rounded up a list of 10 options for breakfast, 14 options for lunch and 20 options for dinner. Did I miss your favorite? Find dsm Magazine on Facebook and comment on the post about this story with your additional ideas. Happy holidays and happy dining!

Breakfast: 1. 5 Borough Bagels 2. Early Bird Brunch 3. Gateway Market  4. La Mie Bakery and La Mie Elevate 5. Main Street Cafe & Bakery 6. Mullets 7.Palmer’s Deli 7. St. Kilda Collective 8. St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery 9. The Breakfast Club 10. Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern

Lunch: 1. Americana 2. Baratta’s 3. Court Avenue Brewing Co. 4. Dough Co. Pizza 5. Eatery A 6. El Fogon 7. Gazali’s Mediterranean Cuisine 8. Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio 9. Hansen’s Manhattan Deli 10. Local Bites (Fernando’s Mexican Grill, Michelangelo’s Pizza and Pasta, Prep Kings Meals, Burger Shop, Teriyaki Boys) 11. Lola’s Fine Kitchen 12. Proudfoot & Bird 13. Thai Flavors Wasabi Ankeny, 14. Wasabi JohnstonWasabi Waukee

Dinner: 1. 801 Chophouse 2. Alba 3. Angry Goldfish Pub and Eatery 4. Anna Dolce Ristorante 5. Barntown Brewing 6. Centro 7. Django 8. El Barco 9. Francie’s 10. Franka Pizzeria 11. Fresko 12. Iowa Taproom 13. Louie’s Wine Dive 14. Lucky Lotus 15. RoCA 16. The Royal Mile 17. Sakari Sushi Lounge 18. The Dam Pub 19. The High Life Lounge 20. W-Tao Sushi

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