If you are looking for breakfast anytime of the day, I strongly recommend the Waveland Cafe near Drake University. This is the local diner that everyone has come to love for great food and service. I met a friend for breakfast and thought this would be a perfect place to catch up. We arrived at 6am along with a few other patrons. While he ordered I quickly glanced at the menu. They offer your traditional goodies and a few breakfast skillets that you will not find anywhere else. They claim to have the best hash browns in the galaxy and my friend would agree. We both ordered the "Breakfast Special" for about 8 bucks. Two eggs anyway you want them, the famous hash browns, choice of meat, and two slices of buttered toast. Delish! Arrive early or brave the wait. By 7am the place was bustling with friendly conversations and orders.
Waveland Cafe, 4708 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311 - (515) 279-4341