I'm certainly no etymologist (someone who studies the history and origins of words), but according to the website for one of the best little cafes in the East Village of Des Moines, the word “Nosh” comes from the Yiddish "Nashn", which means "to nibble" or "to snack".
Thus, the name of this trendy eatery was born.
Nosh offers a wide array of smoothies, paninis, salads, bagels & toasts, coffee drinks, and a self-serve frozen yogurt bar. Their emphasis is on healthy and local options, with vegan and gluten free offerings, too.
Nosh is located amongst the trendy shops, boutiques, bars, nightclubs, hotels, offices, and other restaurants that populate the Historic East Village of Des Moines. It is just a few blocks to the west of the most beautiful building in our state - the golden domed Iowa Capitol.
Since opening a couple of years ago, Iowa Adventurer has popped in a few times to "nosh" on a couple of their different menu options. As a fan of frozen yogurt, their self-serve "froyo" bar with "toppings galore" is a personal favorite. If you are a fan of Yotopia, located in Iowa City, there's a connection to there.
They partner with Hawkeye, Iowa based "Country View Dairy" as a supplier.
I was tempted to stick with my tried and true frozen yogurt or something from the case of sweet treats.
However, instead, I decided to take home some of their famous "Hot Cocoa Bombs".
They even have a link directly on their website for ordering them if you want some shipped your way. I got several different flavors (Andes mint, salted caramel, and espresso) and then decided to surprise a few friends by sending them them a chocolatey surprise in the mail. If you are looking for a way to step up your Valentine's Day gifting this year or just want something for yourself to help with the cold of winter, the "Hot Cocoa Bombs" are a very tasty and fun option.
During one of the recent snow storms, it was the perfect (and warm) treat to enjoy.
But of course, there are many other food and drink options to choose from. The menu is impressive.
During the pandemic, when in-person dining has been a challenge, most of their business is order ahead and pick-up or carry out. They are also affiliated with a number of the different delivery apps such as Uber Eats, Grub Hub, and Door Dash. However, they do offer some limited in-person dining and the space inside the restaurant is gorgeous.
In our post-pandemic world, this will be a perfect place to stop in for a treat or to meet your friend for coffee.
Of course, if you are in a hurry or forgot to order ahead, there is a "grab and go" cooler with some options, too.
I think that next time I'm in, I'll maybe have to do something more lunch or breakfast specific. I might try something from their "all day" breakfast menu or, perhaps, a lunch panini.
Of course, they also offer regular specials to keep things interesting.
You can keep up with latest updates by finding and following them on social media. However, be warned, the posts are likely to egg on some serious cravings.
The next time you are in Des Moines and find yourself looking for a quick bite or beverage, you'll certainly find plenty of options to pick from. However, given their proximity to the East Village, Downtown Des Moines, and the Capitol, Nosh is an excellent choice as their quality of ingredients and range of menu options are tough to beat.
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