Hidden Foods of Des Moines: The Cheese Bar

Written by: Madison DePover

Located in the heart of restaurant row on Ingersoll Avenue, the Cheese Bar invites all cheese lovers of Des Moines to dine with one thing in mind: cheese. The Cheese Bar’s grand opening in June replaced the Cheese Shop of Des Moines from its basement to churn out a great community place with an extensive menu of cheese items for everyone. 


You walk in the door and immediately are hit with the amazing smells of all the food. They serve grilled cheese, mac and cheese and more. 


When you sit down you get a feel of the community right away with two long tables put together for seating that is very communal along with a bar. 

The service is very nice, with people who know a lot of information about what they are serving. Most of the employees also work at The Cheese Shop of Des Moines, giving great recommendations if you are not sure what you would like to try.   


As you look at the menu, it may be overwhelming because there 

are so many different items to try. If you are a cheese lover, all the options draw you in. The Soon to be Famous Cast CheeseBarMac&Cheese

Iron Mac & Cheese is a great try.


A great time to go is during happy hours called “Bubbles and Bites”. It is Tuesday through Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. For $5, adults can get food or drinks, or as they call it “bubbles and bites”.


The Cheese Bar is usually a busy place with great service and may have a wait for your food, but it will be well worth the wait. The Cheese Bar is a great community restaurant that is worth giving a try.  


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