Java Joe's Coffeehouse

Des Moines, Iowa

3.6 / 1 vote

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Coffeehouse w/ vegan food

Restaurant, Coffee/Tea/Juice

This coffeehouse offers vegan dishes such as Bombay Potatoes (off the Indian menu) and sandwiches can be made vegan by request. Examples include, Ginger Curry and Veggie Canadian Bacon (ask for no cheese). Also try the hummus and pita or chips and salsa. Average cost of a meal is $8.

Added by Alexis Scherba on Mar 4 10 (last updated Mar 20 10)

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Java Joe's is a large coffee shop in downtown Des Moines. It's atmospheric in a turn-of-the-century building with high ceilings and lots of old woodwork.

They have a large menu of vegetarian options though vegan options are not labeled.

The service was really weird. I wasn't sure whether the guy behind the counter (who took my order and also cooked my food) was really gruff and angry, or just trying to be casual in a way that came across as in-your-face.

When I asked him what items on the vegetarian menu were vegan he said, with a wave of his hand, "All of them!"

And so, trusting him, I ordered a veggie canadian bacon hoagie ($6). Ten minutes later, the dish came to me with a huge hunk of cheese melted in it. Fortunately I was able to pick it off easily, thereby not having to deal with the cook/cashier again. Lesson learned: when at Java Joe's, ask detailed questions and tell them what vegan actually means.

The hoagie was okay, but not great. I was unimpressed with the spongy white flour bun, and the excessively oily vegetables. The "canadian bacon" wasn't bad, but I noticed that the cook microwaved it and then slapped it on the sandwich. The dish also came with a single-size packet of Fritos, if that's your thing.

I didn't see any vegan desserts here and I wouldn't be surprised if they don't have any.

On a whole, Java Joe's is worthwhile, if only because Des Moines needs every veg-friendly place it can get. And Java Joe's does have a large menu of thoughtful vegetarian options; but if you're vegan, make sure to specify that when you place your order.

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Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • American


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Wi-Fi



7am - 11pm
7am - midnight
9am - 10am

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