From all accounts, Bauder's is a beloved local Des Moines landmark. In a non-descript building in the fashionable North of Grand neighborhood west of downtown Des Moines, Bauder's is a small old-style pharmacy with lunch counter. Behind the pharmacist's counter at the back of the store are shelves of big old-fashioned dark glass bottles that look like the store room of an alchemist.
The lunch counter has a few stools and serves the usual selection of lunch counter options. Having read the rave reviews of Bauder's ice cream, but in too much of a hurry to linger over a sundae, I ordered a hot fudge malt to go. Considering that it cost over $3.00, I expected more than the little eight-ounce cup that I got, but this is some amazingly rich ice cream. Thick, heavy, and dense, my malt was no thin Dairy Queen concoction that you can easily slurp down 20 ounces of in 90 seconds.
The dreary, rainy day quelled my inspiration to take photos, but the attached two capture some of the details that you may not see in other write-ups of Bauder's.
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