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303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014
(515) 292-5258
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 18
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    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
No better breakfast in Ames

Breakfast is always a tricky meal. Just getting out of bed can make a reviewer cranky! But the Stomping Grounds can melt all that morning angst away. A quiet and mellow place in the morning, it's just the place to ease me into a busy day. The poached eggs are masterful and the croissants from LeCoq... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Anne K
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Breakfast is always a tricky meal. Just getting out of bed can make a reviewer cranky! But the Stomping Grounds can melt all that morning angst away. A quiet and mellow place in the morning, it's just the place to ease me into a busy day. The poached eggs are masterful and the croissants from LeCoq are "magnifique." The grapefruit... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Whenever I visit Ames, about every 6 months, I always go by SG. Perhaps because I come rarely that I didn't get "tired" of it. I can see that the menu hasn't changed over all the times I visited, but I haven't exhausted the list yet. As for service, may be I was "lucky," and had never had a bad... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The food at Stomping Grounds is tasty and well presented. The ingredients are fresh and put together in interesting ways. The problem? The menu has remained fixed for double digit years. It's insane. You cannot serve the same items over and over and over. The coffee isalso mediocre. This review makes me sad, because this place could be so much... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Stomping Grounds is a great little coffee shop off the beaten path just south of campus. I love going there in the summer time for their smoothies. They are always made with fresh fruit and are the best in town. Stomping Grounds is a great place to hand out with friends over coffee, work on homework, or even catch a... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

If you judge life based on your first impressions, all it takes is ordering a chai latte at Stomping Grounds to assume two things: 1) the staff hate their lives and 2) since you can see their misery steaming from their bodies, they make enough money to not care about their tips. The chai is absolutely delicious, and that's what... More 

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chicago, illinois
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11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I visited my daughter who attends Iowa State and her friends recommended this place. It is within walking distance from anywhere on campus. We ate dinner here and the menu includes breakfast dishes that were available anytime during the day. I had the goat cheese crepe and it was delicious. My daughter had the egg sandwich and the others had... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

They fresh brew each cup of coffee, and it tastes great! I also tried a ham and gruyere crepe (hold the egg) it was delicious and came with a side of yogurt parfait (slight upcharge for that choice). Perfect on a rainy morning! Will definitely be back!

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There is one thing certain.. You will never find this meeting place if you look for a sign, no blinking lights, not a letter anywhere.. but that's remarkable.. its been that way over 15 years.. The menu is dependable.. rarely changes.. there is a good mixture of customers, old, young, middle aged.. Stomping Grounds is in Campustown, on Welch Ave,... More 

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Eau Claire WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Our family stopped here on Sat 13th after a lovely visit to Rieman Gardens. Great outside patio seating..lots of glass walls. Enjoyed the Lemon Ice..

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Austin, Texas
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110 reviews 110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

tried the egg curry sandwich, average taste. Small portions. Nice atmosphere, good place to do coffee and chat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: (515) 292-5258
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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