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PerKup Cafe

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2700 University Ave Ste 324, Governor Square Shopping Center, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1470
07:00 - 14:00
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Sun 08:00 - 14:00
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have eaten here many times and the food and service is top notch! They can get rather busy so we try to show up right around when they open. I have tried omelets, pancakes, the scramble, and the breakfast sandwiches. The pineapple jelly served with the Monte Cristiano is amazing!! I also recommend the Jake scramble and the Apple... More 

Thank Courtney V
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On our way through Iowa, we stopped at PerKup Cafe for breakfast - great name! Pro's: Kick It Up Omelette was very flavorful with a definite kick. Great size - not massive like some. Bacon is thick and crisp. Good hash browns. Very nice staff. Restaurant is new and clean. Con's: Pancake syrup is the sugar-laden stuff. We prefer 100%... More 

Thank Kristy G
West Des Moines, Iowa
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64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a cute little restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Good food - good service! Popular with locals for good reason!

Thank DebL457
Kansas City, Missouri
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Service was excellent. Hashbrowns were great. Coffee could have been stronger. French toast was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. They brought it out and it looked like burnt cheese on top. Obviously not what I was hoping for as it looked like the bread had just been fried. Flavor was okay but I will not be ordering it again... More 

Thank Katie M
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Tried to serve me a dish that was wrong. Waitress brought back to kitchen then a minute later came back and told me it was correct. I thought she was joking. I asked again for the correct dish and she again told me I have it. So I didn't eat it. When I told the owner he said he removed... More 

Thank pink12roses
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This is a small restaurant that has been in Des Moines and the same family for decades. They recently moved to this new location. Sausage gravy biscuits are excellent. They also have more variety of coffee than your usual ma-and-pa restaurant. Do not hesitate to eat here.

Thank JamaicaDave_13
Madison, Wisconsin
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I love trying new breakfast places and am always on the hunt for the best breakfast location in whatever city I'm in. This is the best breakfast place that I have found anywhere. The jam is homemade, I've never had better biscuits and gravy, the french toast is delicious. Plus they have really good tea, most places just serve Lipton.... More 

Thank Seton C
Des Moines, Iowa
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 12:50 and they close at 2:00. That bring said, coffee was burnt, bacon was rubbery and service was poor. Not do sure I'll return.....at least not last 11:00a.

Thank gizzy15
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on the recommendation of a local. Pleasantly surprised after going in, very clean and cheerful. Ordered coffee and bacon and eggs, my sister got the French toast. Mine was very good, hash browns were a little salty, hers was ok a lot of seasoning on it so not what she was expecting, we will be back. A little... More 

Thank Phyll W
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I've read such great reviews about this restaurant, and I have to say the food overall is a pretty good breakfast, by the looks of everyone else's plate! It's a pleasant and relaxing restaurant. Their breakfast menu isn't huge, but it definitely has some fun variety on it. I'll start by saying we will go there again, but probably not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$10
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2700 University Ave Ste 324, Governor Square Shopping Center, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1470
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5152701466
Homemade Biscuits and Gravy, homemade pancakes, best French toast ever!

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