One of our favorite summer time destinations in Des Moines is Snookie's Malt Shop. Located at 1810 Beaver Ave. (Beaver & 41st), near Drake University, Snookies is our go-to spot for after dinner treats. It's been around for about 30 years, and one visit will tell you why.
Soft-serve ice cream is the menu's staple, and all creations are built on your choice of chocolate or vanilla. You can get all the basics here - a soft serve cone (cake cone only) served plain, dipped, or rolled, and always topped with an animal cracker. They also have the usual malt shop fare: banana splits, shakes, malts, and even a hot dog or two.
We mostly go for the atmosphere. On a balmy summer evening, the neighborhood comes out in force - kids & dogs in tow. It's a great place to meet & greet or just enjoy the last rays of evening sun. It also doesn't hurt that a kid's cone is just a dollar!
It's nothing special, or fancy, it's just Snookies. Go get a little bit of Des Moines tonight.
PS - Just don't try to go in the winter. Snookie's is only open from mid-April to mid-September.