The Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants in Des Moines, IA

The capital of Iowa, Des Moines (pronounced De-Moine) may be the fastest growing metro in the Midwest. Billed as “culture without the cost, art without the attitude, travel without the traffic, and walkable without the worry,” this city surely is a welcoming destination. And its restaurants reflect the growing trend toward healthy, organic food.

The Templeton Team vets the healthiest restaurants all across America, according to our 5-star rating system (read more about it here). We’re happy to share our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Des Moines, Iowa:

Hoq Restaurant

303 East 5th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

With an emphasis on serving locally-sourced food, the Hoq features grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised chicken and duck. The butter and cream they use comes from grass-fed cows and their seafood is sustainably sourced from responsible fishing communities. In addition, the majority of their menu is gluten-free!

Lunch is served Tuesday-Saturday and a pop-up breakfast market is typically available on Saturday mornings. Look for items like Chef Suman’s Bowl (local greens, grilled seasonal vegetables, free-range local poached egg, shaved vegetables, house-made hummus, house-made lamb sausage, lemon juice and herb oil) in addition to soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Dinner is served Tuesday-Saturday with featured menu items such as Salmon Tartare appetizers (salt-cured wild Alaskan salmon, spice, hot sauce and waffle fries), and entrees like Grass-fed Steak (local grass-fed steak, house-made tater tots, sauteed seasonal vegetables and HoQ steak sauce), Lamb Shank (Dalla Terra Ranch grass-fed lamb, spiced Israelis couscous, seasonal vegetables and buttered tomato sauce), and desserts such as gluten-free Grand Marnier Chocolate Cake served with house-made whipped cream and Local Seasonal Fruit Crisp (served with house-made Singing Dog vanilla ice cream).

Ritual Café

1301 Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

This locally owned coffee shop offers coffee, espresso, tea, hemp nut smoothies, wine, beer, locally baked goods- -vegan included.

Breakfast fare includes Breakfast Burritos, plates (like the Breakfast Plate (two farm fresh organic eggs steamed, sprinkled with cheese and fresh chives), sandwiches (like the Ritual Breakfast Sandwich consisting of two steamed eggs, grilled peppers and onion, your choice of cheese on garlic focaccia topped with hot sauce), Quiche (flavors vary weekly), and Oatmeal with the Works (organic oats topped off with hemp nut granola, hemp nuts and drizzled with salted caramel syrup).

Lunch and dinner options include Grilled Tempeh (choice of BBQ or sun dried tomato spread, grilled tempeh, red peppers and onions served on choice of bread), Sweet and Spicy (chick peas in curry sauce with massaman curry spread and mango-chili jam warmed on marbled rye bread), and The “Jess” (spicy four cheese panini with artichokes and creamy coleslaw).


2724 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Their menu is inspired by the chef’s trips throughout southeast Asia and includes appetizers such as Shishito Pepper Tempura (yuzu kosho aioli, pickled daikon), Watermelon & Tuna Sashimi (tomato ponzu, sushi rice, shiso), and Summer Sweetcorn Dumplings (burnt husk dough, coconut milk broth, almonds).

For dinner, enjoy unexpected dishes as Spanish Octopus grilled over charcoal charred eggplant, Chinese black beans, grape vinaigrette, Scallops pan seared sweetcorn congee, pickled shishitos, Thai basil, and Grilled Heritage Chicken brushed with yuzu kosho & honey roasted pepper, grilled peaches, sunflower).


1301 Locust Street C
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

Using local ingredients in all of its dishes, Proof serves up sophisticated menu items such as Poached Black Cod (kohlrabi, English peas, charred basil), Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef (with sour cream potatoes, Di Ciccio broccoli, carrot top chimichurri), Smoked Lamb Ragu (heirloom beans, pickled Walla Walla onions), and Local Mushroom Brioche Tartine (Matt Nobles honey, crema fraiche, chives).

Proof is open Tuesday through Saturday 4-10 PM local time.

Gateway Market Café

2002 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Check out popular breakfast items like Eggs Benedict (poached eggs, ham, hollandaise, ciabatta), Huevos Motulenos (two sunny-side up eggs, spiced black beans, smoked ham, handmade corn tortillas, salsa, mozzarella), Vegan Tofu Scramble (seasoned tofu, bell pepper, onion, mushroom), classic breakfast dishes like Steel-Cut Oatmeal, Yogurt Parfait, and French Toast.

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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