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Cactus Mexican Food
Address: 1323 Sunset Drive
Phone: 981-4734
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday

FYI: Brothers Leopoldo and Javier Ruiz opened the Mexican restaurant in June 2007. Both men had worked in the kitchen at the 801 Steak and Chop House for 10 years and wanted to open their own family business. They serve authentic Mexican food such as fajitas and burritos along with homemade desserts. Margaritas and Mexican beer are also served.


Cal's Fine Food & Spirits
Address: 2351 Sunset Drive Suite 106
Phone: 953-4600
Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday for the kitchen and the bar is open until 2 a.m.

FYI: Calvin Leonard opened Cal's in May 2006. He described the place as a bar and grill that serves steaks and sandwiches. Smoking is allowed in the bar area, but not in the separate dining section.

"The town really tries hard," Leonard said about business. "They're very supportive. Hopefully we'll get a little more repeat business and more parties."

China Dragon
Address: 2351 Sunset Drive
Phone: 953-1600
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday

FYI: It's been four years since Steven Lam opened up Norwalk's only Chinese restaurant. He offers dining-in, carry-out and delivery within three miles of the restaurant. The eatery is non-smoking and serves beer and wine.

"I believe the Norwalk city really needs a Chinese restaurant," Lam said. "And it's perfect for the small restaurant."

The Daily Grind
Address: 810 North Ave.
Phone: 981-5460
Hours: 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday

FYI: Katie Warfield has owned the coffee shop for three years. She's added expanded seating for meetings and plans to offer a conference room for future use. Warfield also wants to add music entertainment. Along with coffee, the shop serves teas, smoothies and a variety of baked goods. Wireless Internet is available, as is a book corner.

"We have a lot of loyal customers," Warfield said. "I think they appreciate the small-town coffee."

Godfather's Pizza
Address: 1611 Sunset Plaza
Phone: 981-5005
Hours: 4 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday

FYI: Godfather's opened Monday. Owner Jack Gano also has restaurants in Boone, Ankeny and Altoona. The store is for carry-out and delivery and includes a drive-up window.

"It's basically a nice community and a nice size for our operation and will work very well down here," Gano said.

Address: 2901 Sunset Drive
Phone: 256-2692
Hours: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

FYI: Norwalk residents received their first McDonald's restaurant in December 2005. Owner Dick Mathson thought the community would be a good place to open. He has been pleased with the community's positive response to the restaurant.

"People couldn't wait for McDonald's to come to their community," Mathson said. "We were welcomed with open arms."

Norwalk Maid-Rite
Address: 1031 Sunset Drive
Phone: 981-1031
Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the summer will stay open until 10 p.m. all week

FYI: Norwalk's newest restaurant opened Saturday morning. Michael and Lee Overturf are opening the Maid-Rite to give the community a family-oriented restaurant. Along with the traditional Maid-Rite menu, they will serve a full cook-to-order breakfast. Homemade pie and baked goods will be offered along with specialty coffee.

"I think it's a very warm, friendly family environment," Lee Overturf said. "It's kind of like an old-fashioned diner."

Olson's Bread and Breakfast
Address: 1400 Sunset Drive
Phone: 981-9433
Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

FYI: This breakfast and lunch eatery opened in August last year. Liz Olson started the restaurant to offer Norwalk residents a place to eat out for breakfast. She bakes bread, cookies and other goodies to complement the menu items.

"The community's just been wonderful to us," Olson said. "It's nice to get to know the people you've seen in the grocery store."

Rudy's Bar and Grill
Address: 804 Main St.
Phone: 981-9575
Hours: 11 a.m. until whenever Monday through Saturday

FYI: For nearly five years, owner Ron Ross has been offering a selection of smoked meats. For lunch or supper, customers can try items such as pulled pork, brisket and hamburgers. Ross has been told that Rudy's serves the best hamburgers in the Des Moines area.

"It's kind of a nice little dive," Ross said. "Business is growing every year."

Address: 2992 Sunset Drive
Phone: 285-9840
Hours: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

FYI: Subway has been a familiar Norwalk eatery since it opened in June 1993. As one of the longest-running restaurants in town, Subway offers quality sandwiches at a low price, co-owner Elizabeth Gorsche said. She has enjoyed working with the community.

"The town's been really supportive," Gorsche said.

Wendy's Ice Cream Shop
Address: 1043 Sunset Drive
Phone: 981-9470
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day during the winter and until 10 p.m. in the summer

FYI: Wendell Kaldenberg started the ice cream shop 14 years ago and is one of Norwalk's longest-running restaurants. He started the business from scratch and built every counter there. Along with ice cream, he serves soups and sandwiches.

"My crowd is a kids' crowd," Kaldenberg said. "The kids bring the parents in."


* via the Des Moines Register

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