When you're not at Drake Stadium watching Iowa's top track & field athletes compete, there are plenty of spots to stop and refuel around the Drake neighborhood! Here's our list of top places to get your grub on while visiting Greater Des Moines for the Drake Relays!

Comfort Food Meets Retro Atmosphere

A true Greater Des Moines landmark, the Drake Diner has a multitude of comfort food options. Enjoy outstanding homemade favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert! With a friendly, upbeat environment, this retro diner is a favorite for many. And breakfast lovers rejoice - at the Drake Diner, breakfast is served all day! 

Caffeine Break

All-day activities got you feeling sluggish? Stop by Mars Cafe, a space-themed contemporary coffeehouse known for its artisanal coffee, paninis, soups, desserts, and local art showcase! We recommend trying a cup of the Sputnik or the Rover sandwich.

Global Cuisine

Quick, you've got 20 minutes before the next event starts! Grab a bite at Gazali's Mediterranean Grill. The compact, no-frills service is perfect for getting food on-the-go. Enjoy Mediterranean favorites such as gyros, falafel, and shawarma! 

Pub Grub & Craft Brews

The University Library Cafe is a Greater Des Moines gem. This popular local hideaway serves up craft beer and unique bar fare. It's the perfect place to take a well-deserved break while enjoying a draft beer and catching up on the day's events. 

Bustling BBQ

With locations across the Greater Des Moines area, Jethro's BBQ has become a city staple. Stop by the Drake neighborhood location for hearty plates of smoking BBQ favorites such as; ribs, brisket, chicken, and the famous Adam Emmenecker dish!