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South Union Bread Cafe

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1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1782
11:00 - 14:00
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Waukee, Iowa
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I have been to South Union Bread Cafe for lunch numerous times. They do a wide variety of sandwiches, all on Focaccia bread made by the restaurant. My favorite is the George's Special sandwich, which is served hot. The sandwich has the following ingredients: ham, roast pork, salami, swiss cheese, onion, pickle, mayo and mustard. The restaurant itself isn't anything... More 

Thank Mike S
Westerville, Ohio
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Fantastic! Can't go the DSM without going to South Union! Sandwiches are great! Servers are friendly! The bread is complimentary and to die for!

Thank Philip N
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 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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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 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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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 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 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 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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568 reviews
425 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 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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125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 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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91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 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

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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
USD 5 - USD 10
American, Cafe, Delicatessen, Soups
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
  • 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?