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South Union Bread Cafe

1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1782
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“bread” (25 reviews)
“sandwich” (19 reviews)
“soup” (6 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Deli, Soups
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1007 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Very good bread with a make your own sandwich menu.

Thank rosestogo2000
Reviewed 15 August 2011

While I've strayed from time to time, the philly is the sandwich to get (now they call it the cheesesteak) - roast beef, green peppers, onions, provolone on their famous focaccia. Too good! Since they remodeled the space a few years back there is pleanty...More

1  Thank Elizabeth A
Reviewed 28 July 2011

South Union is a local favorite - serving up great hot and cold sandwiches. The atmosphere is very rmodern, with great poster-type pictures on the walls. Many professionals gather here over the lunch hour - so it does get busy, especially on Fridays.

1  Thank George D
Reviewed 26 November 2010

Iowa wouldn’t normally be the place people think of when they want a piled-high hot sandwich on fresh-baked focaccia bread, unless they’ve been to South Union. The hearty Hot Italian sandwich features five meats stacked atop warm, fresh baked bread and every bite is scrumptious....More

2  Thank Diamond_Debutante
Reviewed 21 March 2010

If deli and homemade bread is your liking, this is a must visit.

1  Thank ridesrhinos
Reviewed 13 February 2010

Great lunch in downtown Des Moines. Service was A+ and daily lunch specials were spot on. I recommend sticking with their soup and some freshly baked bread.

2  Thank reppop
Reviewed 10 November 2009

Be prepared to spend $7-10 on your sandwich, but I can easily make it last for two lunches. The garlic foccacia is the best. The service is always really hurried at lunchtime because the place is so busy, but it's appreciated when you only have...More

1  Thank banannapancakes
Reviewed 26 August 2009

If somebody wants a good sammich and they don't mind droping 5-8$ we walk to this place from the office. Nice selection of sammiches with original names and flavor combinations. The focaccia here is outstanding and comes with pretty much everything. Potatoe soup was good...More

2  Thank nahdogg
Reviewed 30 July 2009

This is the best place to grab a sandwich downtown. There bread is amazing! The soups are also great. Order a 1/2 sandwich, which is the size of a "normal" snadwich.

3  Thank Loramore
Reviewed 10 July 2009

I was hungry and thought that a large sandwich would be good - turned out to be a huge sandwich (3"X8"). The small would have been plenty. Tasted exellent. Used their wonderful garlic foccocia. Also had the tasty bread for dipping with oil.

2  Thank gawul00
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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