Des Moines has a love affair with brunch, with restaurants offering a boozy version of the weekend, a bloody Mary bar, insane breakfast pizzas, and even buffets to load up with eggs and pancakes galore.
Now Des Moines now has a new place for a daily dose of the breakfast and lunch dishes that make up brunch. HomeGrown opened in Sherman Hill, taking up space next to the Big Grove Brewery in the Crescent Building with a list of brunch and cocktail favorites to boot.
Restaurateurs Jon and Lauren Rolph opened HomeGrown five years ago in Wichita and have expanded the company to five locations in the Kansas City and Wichita metro area.
“We believe that if we help each other start the day right, we will awaken an infectious chain of positive acts that cultivate kindness throughout Des Moines,” Jon Rolph said in a press release when the restaurant announced its opening last year. .
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What’s on the HomeGrown menu?
Fans of breakfast desserts should seek out the specials section of the menu to find a pop tart (most recently blueberry that tasted like pie) that changes periodically and carrot cakes, a stack of two pancakes topped with cream cheese frosting, nuts roasted, and a side of homemade caramel. Coffee cake is another reliable sharing dish, while the menu also includes croissant French toast and cinnamon French toast along with blueberry streusel or gluten-free pancakes.
Five different scrambles and omelets bring a version filled with meat or vegetables, an Ironman with egg whites and chicken breast, a riff on a Denver omelette with ham and vegetables, and a West Coast one with bacon, avocado and Brie cheese.
Three Benedicts feature turkey and avocado, a Florentine with spinach and mushrooms, and a traditional using Beeler’s shoulder bacon.
For something a little different, try the biscuits and gravy, avocado toast, or pork and egg bowl with salsa verde.
Lunch specials include sandwiches like a Cuban, a fried egg and avocado BLT, and a turkey with Brie and avocado, as well as salads and soups. A number of side dishes include meats such as bacon, sausage, or ham; gluten-free breads including English muffins, brioche or multigrain; and roasted rosemary potatoes, creamy grits or roasted vegetables.
Everything on the menu can be ordered throughout the day. HomeGrown also uses locally sourced ingredients as much as possible.
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What drinks does HomeGrown offer?
HomeGrown uses Ames Windmill Coffee Roasters espresso for its Honey Bee with Ebert Honey and Steamed Milk, Real Deal Mocha, Americano, and more.
Customers can also add a cocktail to their meal with an HG mimosa; Mimosa Rising with reposado tequila, Prosecco and orange juice; HG bloody Mary garnished with bacon, celery and pickles, or a spicy version infused with habaneros; a daisy; an Irish Hug with Baileys Irish Cream, Jameson Irish Whiskey and iced coffee; or a Beermosa that combines Big Grove Citrus Surfer with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Is there a children’s menu at HomeGrown?
Kids can get their own dishes, like a grilled cheese, Funfetti pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, and a creamy peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich.
Diners can sit at the butcher block tables with dark wood chairs, booths with navy cushions, or at the bar in this restaurant that looks like it came out of a home kitchen.
“HomeGrown’s motto is ‘We are thoughtful about our food,’ which mirrors Krause+’s thoughtful approach to tenant selection for the revitalized Crescent Building,” Krause+ director of business development Nate Easter said in a press release. .
Also on the way to the building, Des Moines-based marketing firm Trilix. Big Grove opened in July.
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Where is Home Grown located?
Position: 555 17th St., Suite 102, Des Moines
Contact: 515-348-4094, homegrownkitchen.com
Hours: From 6:30 to 14:30 every day