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South Union Bread Cafe

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1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309
+1 515-248-1782
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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88 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

great place to eat and have a business lunch! the bread and food is always so good and so fresh. amazing flavors

1 Thank Megan M
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Sandwich I got was very good. Definitely recommend this place if you get there early enough. If you wait to long there will be a line out the door. Great bread!

1 Thank Hunter P
Johnston, Iowa
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

South Union is the deli offshoot of Orchestrate Mgmnt whose portfolio includes local favorites such as Centro, Zombie Burger, Malo, Django, etc. The help yourself garlic foccasia bread is a unique favorite.

1 Thank MastermindDSM
Des Moines, Iowa
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98 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

Had the Sarah's Revenge - it's a quality sandwich. Great roast beef and focaccia. They also give you a side of bread too. Get the olive oil as it's of great quality too. All around, worth it for an $8 sandwich.

2 Thank johnlwood
Des Moines, Iowa
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

With so many delicious sounding sandwiches on the menu to choose from, I had to go with my first instinct and ordered the Sarah's Revenge. This was a great decision, as the rare roast beef and bacon(!) melded with the gooey mozzarella and soft sauteed peppers with a light kick from the mild horseradish sauce into a flavor combination that... More 

Thank Cyclone05
Boca Raton, Florida
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564 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2015

Came here for lunch while on business. Ordered ham and cheese on rye with mustard and lettuce. Also ordered the turkey sub. Received a hot ham and cheese on there own bread with no mustard. /the turkey sub was pretty good. Prices moderate.

Thank Nailcutter
Des Moines, Iowa
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112 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2015

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.

1 Thank torpdo
Des Moines, Iowa
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

3 Thank hdingeman
Des Moines
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank organicchemist
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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150 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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

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