Hidden Foods of Des Moines: Palmer’s Deli and Market

Written by: Laura Wiersema

Looking to get the most bang for your buck at lunchtime? Look no further than Palmer’s Deli & Market. With five locations in the Des Moines area, they’re never far away.

In 1990, a year after opening their first location in Urbandale, Palmer’s introduced their best deal, The Box Lunch. For the price of a sandwich (about $7) + $3.50, you can get a full sandwich, a non-meat salad, a bag of chips, a pickdsc_0155.jpgle spear and a Palmer’s brownie or cookie.

“I don’t know, $11 sounds like a lot for lunch.”

Not so fast. The portions at Palmer’s are often so large, it’s not hard to get two full meals from a Box Lunch.

Recently, Palmer’s on Ingersoll Avenue started serving breakfast on Saturdays as well. Of course, there are sandwiches. (It is a deli, after all.) But they can also serve you omelettes, from their menu or made to order, if you’d like. With everything from waffles to bacon on their menu, you can be sure you’ll get a breakfast fit for Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope. 

Palmer’s also understands that it can be hard for people to eat gluten-free. That’s why they offer a wide variety of gluten-free options including soups, sandwiches and salad dressings.

Working an internship downtown during the school year? In the winter months, you don’t have to brave the cold, bitter winds to get this delicious bargain. You can find Palmer’s in the skywalk. No need to even put on a coat.

Thinking of calling our bluff on how good they are? Then don’t take our word for it. Over the years, Palmer’s has received several awards. Des Moines Cityview has voted them the Best Deli for five years and Best Soup for six. Or, of course, you could just try it yourself.


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