a delicious detour

Day 5: Sign

I love breakfast. It’s my favorite meal of the day. It’s my favorite meal to eat out, especially on vacation. It’s my second-favorite thing to make from scratch (after baked goods). I love all of it. Eggs, meats, veggies, juices, fruit, bread.

Each time I move to a new city, I search for new breakfast spots. Don’t get me wrong–I love the Paneras and the Brueggers of the world. But I’m always on the lookout for the mom-and-pop diner, the greasy spoon, the hole-in-the-wall place with a cast of regulars straight out of Seinfeld.

I’m happy to report that after only one year in Des Moines, we have found our breakfast place.

The sign is basic, no-frills, and you could drive by it and never even notice it. Left to my own devices, I probably would have overlooked it. I’m sure most people do.

I have to give credit where credit is due: my lovely co-worker Elaine shared this gem with us. From the moment we stepped foot in the Waveland Cafe, I loved every little quirky thing about it.


This place has ambiance and character and sassy waitresses with colorful tattoos. On a weekend morning, the line will be out the door. Seating is first come, first served.


And did I mention the best hashbrowns known to humankind? Hashbrowns unlike any other. Hashbrowns that mere mortals can only dream of cooking.

On our first visit, I had the cinnamon stuffed french toast.With a side of the aforementioned hashbrowns.

It was so good that I had it again a week later.

And I am already counting the days until we can go back.

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5 thoughts on “a delicious detour

  1. Looks and sounds like my kind of place…would love to try those hash browns you made my mouth water talking about the yummy food. 🙂 Hugs

    • Thanks! I’m a hashbrown fan, and these definitely made it onto my top 3 list. I’ll try to get a shot of them next time we go–if I can remember before I devour them! 🙂

  2. I owned a gourmet coffee shop 16 years ago. We had a rack where our customers left their own mugs to use when they stopped in. We washed them of course with loving care. Your photo brought back that memory for me! Thank you!

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