Ritual Cafe-Downtown DSM
Ritual Cafe is, as far as I know, the only exclusively vegan and vegetarian restaurant/coffee shop in Des Moines. I love to go there to relax, read and have some great food. They do not have wifi, so if you are planning on doing some work, make sure you don't need internet. Other coffee shops have the 1 person, 1 computer look, but Ritual is great because people are, ah! actually talking to each other! Plus they support the LGBT community in Des Moines, bring in great musicians, and like I said before, have some great food! and on to it:
We went in at lunch time looking for some good sandwiches and we got it! I ordered the Tomato and Basil Panini and Boston got the Grilled Veggies and Mozzarella Panini. Both were delicious, but I honestly think her's was better! They did something like soak the foccacia bread in some awesome balsamic vinegar giving it just a fantastic taste. We also split one of the Hemp-nut Chocolate Chip cookies, but that was devoured to quickly to take a photo.
Boston says "it was really tasty"
Great experience, great food, GO! (plus there are great coffee drinks, we didn't have any this time, but try the Mayan Mocha!)