12 Sweet Midwest Bakeries
Des Moines: La Mie
Breakfast reigns supreme at this bakery west of downtown Des Moines, but it's a hot spot for lunch, too.
On any given morning (except Sunday) you'll find a variety of baked goods both sweet and savory along with a full menu of warm, delicious breakfast foods. Try a fresh asparagus omelet with Brie and crème fraiche or an asparagus, tomato and chèvre quiche.
For lunch, salads include apple, avocado and almonds with feta and dried cranberries, while a grilled Brie and provolone sandwich oozes melty goodness.
Buttery, flaky croissants and fruit-topped Danish are among the featured pastries, and you can pick up a loaf of fresh bread -- challah, cranberry walnut, olive ciabatta, multigrain -- to enjoy at home. During the summer months, you can find La Mie baked goods at the Downtown Farmers Market (lamiebakery.com; 515/255-1625).