Lachele’s Fine Foods: Reviewed

Des Moines’ newest restaurant featuring diner food with a modern twist.


Be sure to check out Lachele’s Fine Foods! (Stella Logsdon)

Stella Logsdon, Staff Writer/Editor

The Circumstance

If the weather still won’t prove it, at least the calendar will! That’s right, spring is upon us, and as with any changing season comes the opportunity to start fresh and truly lean into some of the perks. For instance, fall is perfectly defined by its pumpkin spice lattes and maple treats, but what does that mean for spring? More specifically, what food is the perfect companion for spring? Well, the Des Moines metro area may have just answered that exact question.

The dining room of Lachele’s. (Stella Logsdon)


Being the final quarter of my senior year, I’m going to be honest and say I have a lot of free time! I’ve taken my senior photos, finished my college applications, purchased prom tickets, so what else left is there to do besides explore my city? Living no more than 5 minutes from Ingersoll myself, I was on one of my frequent drives through the area when I noticed Lachele’s Fine Foods for the first time. There were groups of people, socially distanced, waiting outside of this restaurant that I had yet to try. Truly, my fear of missing out got the best of me, and within days, I was ordering takeout from Lachele’s.


The Lachele

The Lachele burger from Lachele’s Fine Foods. (Stella Logsdon)

As an avid fan of the classic burger-fry combination, my order from Lachele’s was The Lachele: their burger that consists of either a single or double patty, pickles, onion, romaine lettuce, American cheese, and their specialty sauce on a sesame seed bun. The fries come either traditional style or breakfast seasoned. Upon first bite, I was thoroughly impressed. I got a bit of crunch from the pickles, onion, and lettuce which paired perfectly with the soft bun. The smashed, thin patty was great for people like me who aren’t big meat eaters, and it didn’t feel overpowering on the sandwich. As for my side, I was stunned! These french fries are so delicious and seasoned to perfection. My burger and side of fries totaled out to $11, which I find to be an affordable price to get a solid meal and support a local restaurant!

The Standard hot dog from Lachele’s Fine Foods. (Stella Logsdon)


The Standard

My dad, who joined in on the fun, ordered The Standard: a Berkwood beef hot dog with ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions on a hoagie bun. He was very into his food, and after my taste test, I can understand why. The Standard was quite good, and for a particularly large portion, I feel the $8 price tag to be pretty reasonable. As evident by the photo, the condiments come quite heavy handed on the hot dog, so if that is not something you prefer, I would recommend opting out or requesting for condiments on the side.


My Final Thoughts

So, what’s the verdict on Lachele’s? I really enjoyed it! The atmosphere of the restaurant, though I was in and out within a few minutes, was very high energy and friendly. The food was great, and the menu offers vegetarian and vegan options as well! With great options for burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches, and truly some of the best fries I’ve ever eaten, Lachele’s Fine Foods is a great addition to the Des Moines restaurant scene, and I definitely recommend!


Interested in trying Lachele’s for yourself?

Give them a call at (515) 330-6876

Check out their website.

Or, visit them at 2716 Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines.

Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11 AM-9 PM, and Sunday, 9 AM-3PM.