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The Cheese Shop

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833 42nd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50312-2604
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Fort Dodge
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to the Cheese Shop with friends who had small children. They had a blast with all the different things to look at and watch. We have lived in Dallas Fort Worth, and this "shop" feels like being in a big city!!! Fun fun!

Thank Lori B
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76 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?! This place is AMAZING!!! I'm a sucker for all things classic, hole in the wall, amazing, natural, "hometown", unique, and cheesy. This place has it all! I texted my husband while I was eating and said it was easy one of the top 10 meals I've ever had. My mother and I got... More 

Thank April D
Des Moines, Iowa
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117 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cute little shop in the Roosevelt area. Very expansive selection of cheeses. We had the meat and cheese tray to start with a glass of bubbly. The staff is very knowledgeable and everything was explained to us (where it came from, etc.). I ordered the Blue Cheese Salad which was very good. I would go again.

Thank Elizabeth D
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're anywhere close to Des Moines, The Cheese Shop is definitely worth the effort! Looking like it's straight out of Brooklyn, the food and wine are wonderfully good - many items sourced from local purveyors. A small, but amazing menu, with a number of daily specials. The mac & cheese is one of our favorites, as are a number... More 

Thank Susan B
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love meat and cheese and interesting, different, food fare, this is the place for you! The staff is super knowledgeable about all of the meats and cheeses offered as well as some great wine pairings for your order. I never fail to take cheese home with me when we leave!

Thank Marla V
Charles B, Owner at The Cheese Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, we will keep getting better! CJ More 

Chicago, Illinois
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Mac and Cheese was amazing!! My partner and I split that and a sandwich. It turned out to be a good decision because it was so rich. Very friendly and quick service. Can get very crowded so try getting there before 11:30am or after the lunch rush. There is less seating than I would like. Can't wait to come... More 

Thank HallesColette
Charles B, Owner at The Cheese Shop, responded to this review

Thank you! We are working on expanding our setting and cafe. Thanks for the feed back! More 

Ames, Iowa
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136 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I get to Des Moines quite often. If we are remotely close, we will stop by The Cheese Shop on 42nd Street. I love this place! Great cheeses and meats but also a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. Great tasting wines from smaller wineries that you probably never heard of. The Cheese Shop also... More 

Iowa, USA
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

It isn't a "grilled cheese sandwich"...it's a "Toastie". A grilled cheese sandwich sounds very blah and mundane, but the toastie I had at the Cheese Shop was remarkable! I had an egg added to mine and it was very excellent! A nice selection of odd bottled beers are available in the upright cooler (I like trying some off-the-wall beers). I... More 

1 Thank Donnysaur
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59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Lunch with friends. Food was excellent but slow. Jim had the Bacon Blue Toastie (Grown up grilled cheese) with broccoli cheddar soup. I had the special Pork & Pickle (gourmet Cuban). Our friends had The Royal (gourmet ham and cheese) with a Welsh rarebit sauce over the top and an over easy egg. Jean Ann had the 4 cheese mac... More 

Thank Diana C
Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

I stopped by this little shop yesterday after reading reviews on it. I ordered the toasted ham and cheese sandwich. It was super good; the ham was delicious and the cheese was nice and melted all over on the inside. Service was fast and friendly. Price was a little steep, but I suppose it was worth it. They have a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 833 42nd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50312-2604
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5155288181

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