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South Union Bread Cafe

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1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
+1 515-248-1782
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great lunch spot

Best sandwiches in town and the service is awesome. Tends to get noisy around lunch time so you have to stand near the counter so you can hear when your order is ready.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
torpdo
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Best sandwiches in town and the service is awesome. Tends to get noisy around lunch time so you have to stand near the counter so you can hear when your order is ready.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

I absolutely LOVE this place. Usually go here 3 times a week for lunch as I work nearby. I order online, pickup is super easy and the guys that are at the checkout counter are seriously the nicest. Love the bread and their Caesar salad is phenomenal! Check this place out, you won't regret it.

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Des Moines
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is truly the BEST bread in the world. It is so soft, and you can go up for endless pieces of bread and oil dip. The line can get very long during the lunch hour, so plan to go early. Everything about this place is fairly typical, except for the amazing bread. It is worth the trip just to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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132 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We went during the downtown lunch rush so it was crowded but the line moved fast. Although the food was good, it is along the same lines as a Panera.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My boys and I walked over for lunch (we were staying at the Downtown Marriott). What a great place! Get there early because a line forms fast and long for lunch- but does seem to move quickly. Seating can fill up fast, though. My boys split the regular turkey sandwich. It can be a bit tricky to eat for kids-... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

South Union is owned by the same people that own Centro. I travel to Des Moines for business a few times a year and I always have lunch at least once at South Union. First, the bread is amazing. Soft and hearty at the same time. The meat is high quality. The soups are very good. After you pick up... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cool atmosphere, very attentive and personable waiters/waitress. Delicious food.....Grazianno sausage sandwiches & gnocchi, excellent chicken sandwiches....ok haven't had anything bad!

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Davenport, Iowa
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125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Got there early, line grew quickly, seats disappeared. We shared a large Cajun Tuna Melt. More than enough for both of us. Enjoyable, like nothing we have had before. Worth coming back to try other sandwiches.

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Indianola
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Love the food here! I only get one of 3 things - all because they are so good I don't want to try anything else!!! The potato pepperjack soup, or a sandwich (only order half, trust me!), or a make-your-own salad. I've only tried a couple sandwiches - Turkey Pepperjack and the Cajun Tuna. Everything is just YUM! The atmosphere... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This place is a great spot to get hot or cold sandwiches, but my all time favorite place for their Potato Pepperjack soup and salad bar. Delicious. I go almost once a week for lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1782

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?