When the Brick Street Market first opened in the spring of 2014, I immediately began to hear stories about the food being served at The Butler Café. Fast forward to the fall of 2014, and I began to hear about the Iowa Pork Producers Association awarding the café’s tenderloin as best in the Des Moines metro area, and second best in the entire state.
Still buzzing from the recent award, I decided to venture in to the café for some award winning food. I arrived shortly before the lunch hour and grabbed the last open booth. The café has a clean 50s-style look without being another cliché theme restaurant. It is complimented by a Blue Bunny ice cream case, gelato section, Friedrich’s coffee station and full salad bar.
The first thing you notice about the menu is the quality of the food served all day. Burgers and tenderloins are made fresh every day from the store’s meat department. Buns are also made fresh every day from the store’s bakery. It is traditional diner fare, with immense attention to detail.
I decided on the famed tenderloin, while my guest ordered one of the fresh made burgers. I also opted for the signature sidewinder fries as my side, and was not disappointed. During the very short wait for our food to arrive, the manager and staff were making sure everyone was enjoying their visit and had everything they needed.
Served on a fresh onion bun, the tenderloin arrived perfectly seasoned. Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, my taste buds immediately validated its award winning status. The sidewinder fries were equally outstanding. Imagine a potato ran through an apple corer, then battered and fried crisp.
My guest’s burger was juicy and flavorful, not to mention perfectly cooked, leaving barely enough room for dessert. The “Ice Cream Treats” section of the menu had more than enough options to satiate my sweet tooth, but the item that was calling my name was the malted waffle.
The malted waffle is a diet’s worse nightmare. A warm, fresh and fluffy malt waffle topped with scoops of vanilla ice cream, whip cream and your choice of syrup. I chose chocolate syrup and knew exactly when my dessert was ready, judging from the cheers and applause from the staff.
With hand crafted food and friendly staff, The Butler Café is exactly what every town should have.
The Butler Café
114 Brick Street SE
Bondurant, IA 50035
Mon – Thurs 6am-10pm
Fri & Sat: 6am-11pm