Palmer's Deli

Our Story

At Palmer’s, we believe in “Great Food. Great Health. Great Life”. Palmer’s Deli is about community, family, and quality food – quality products and quality ingredients. We offer many delicious choices to eat right and live healthy. We use fresh products when preparing our sandwiches, soups and salads. Our breads and desserts are baked from scratch everyday. Classic favorites…irresistible tastes!
  • 1989 – Carol and Gayle Palmer opened the doors to the first Palmer’s Deli and Market in Urbandale, Iowa.  They began serving great sandwiches then continued adding delicious home-made salads and made from scratch desserts to their menu.  It wasn’t long until they discovered the need to expand their operation and doubled the size of their deli space.
  • 1990 – The Palmer’s Box Lunch was introduced.  They began delivering their great deli sandwiches, salads and desserts to local businesses and hospitals throughout Des Moines area.  The Urbandale deli has gone through 2 more expansions to make it what is today.
  • 1995 – Carol and Gayle’s son, Joe, realized the opportunity for the family business to open a second location in West Des Moines. This deli has now has been through three expansions more than doubling its original space.
  • 2002 – A third Palmer’s Deli and Market opened in Des Moines Kaleidoscope and skywalk, to better serve the downtown customers.
  • 2004 – BreadWorks, an internal division of Palmer’s, was created.  BreadWorks is responsible for making and delivering bread to all deli locations as well as providing fresh baked artisan bread to wholesale accounts in the Des Moines area.
  • 2004 – Ingersoll Ave. became the location for the 4th Palmer’s Deli and Market.  This space provides ample space for a new deli and market, BreadWorks, Central Bakery, Palmer’s Catering and Palmer’s Corporate Offices.
  • 2007 – The fifth location for Palmer’s Deli and Market opened in Ankeny, IA.
As Palmer’s has grown through the years, our focus has remained true. Providing exceptional customer service, great food with many choices to live a healthy life.
  • Hooray! It's been over a year since I was able to have my beloved #8 from you. Over a year ago I found out I could no longer have wheat/gluten.....can you imagine how WONDERFUL it was to see that you have now have Gluten Free bread? OMG! THANK YOU very much. Squeals of Glee! Words cannot adequately describe how wonderful it is to have a sandwhich from Palmer's again. And the gluten free peanut butter blossom cookies ROCK too! :)

    With Sincere Appreciation,
    Steffini L. Eisenbeis

    Steffini L. Eisenbeis
    Tomato bisque, chicken tortilla and baked potato are just a few of the creations simmering at Palmer’s. A case full of salads, sandwich combinations limited only by your imagination, eight different cookies, five different bars and to-die-for brownies round out the selection.

    Midwest Living Magazine
    During the month of May, i had three occasions to make use of the talents of Palmer’s Deli staff. The chicken salad sandwiches for our son’s college graduation drew the loudest praise from our guests. Our daughter’s hosted a bridal shower, and again, a huge success. Lots of compliments. But the best event was our son’s rehearsal dinner hosted by Palmer’s. Everything from table set up to food presentation was impeccable. The staff was courteous and helpful. Thank you for accommodating our celebrations with such good food and service. I was able tot host three wonderful parties with little effort on my part. You should be proud of the great service and food you are providing. I wish you much success.

    Victoria – Ankeny, IA
  • Thank you so much for everything! It was great working with you. We appreciated your patience, honesty and
    help in making our wedding reception run so smoothly. The food was wonderful and several people raved!

    The Larson’s
    Please accept our sincerest thanks for all your work and effort at our Civic Center reception. The food was
    excellent and once again, your customer service was exceptional. We enjoy and value the relationship we
    have with you and appreciate your efforts in helping us to provide quality events for our alumni and friends.

    Faith – Central College Alumni Relations
    Thank you for all your help in making our women’s basketball alumni event at the Hall of Pride so wonderful.
    The food was great (as always) and your staff was terrific. It’s a pleasure to work with you! Thanks for all
    you do for Drake!”

    Jean – Drake University
  • …I walked in your deli and immediately noticed how pleasant everything was. The decor, customers, counter
    set up, and noticeably friendly smiles on ALL of the employees faces while they worked. I ordered my
    sandwich which was delicious and a bowl of chili. Oh, the chili! I consider myself somewhat of a chili freak
    and I must tell you that your chili is the best that I have ever eaten.
    …I plan on bringing a cooler next time I’m in town to take several quarts back home with me.

    Dan – Stillwater, MN
    Thanks for the great work you do! We appreciate your cooperation and professionalism.

    Anita – Iowa Dept. of Economic Development
    Thank you for catering our event yesterday. I’ve received a lot of positive feedback, including many from our leadership.
    I was surprised that several people didn’t realize that Palmer’s catered. Again, I just wanted to tell you how impressed
    I was with the presentation and taste of your food. You have made my job as an event planner a lot easier.
    Thanks again!

    Jessica – Allied Insurance
  • Palmer’s catered our son’s highschool graduation party for over 100 guests. I am writing to compliment your excellent
    work. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. The advice on how much food to order was completely on
    target and very appreciated. My husband and I are among your many regular Palmer’s lunchers and brunchers!
    I look forward to Palmer’s catering future parties and banquets.

    Ginny – Des Moines, IA

Cityview

2013
Best Deli
Best Soup
Best Power Lunch - Runner Up
2012
Best Deli
Best Power Lunch - Runner Up
Best Soup
2011
Best Deli
Best Soup
Best Power Lunch - Runner Up
2010
Best Deli
Best Soup
2009
Best Deli
Best Soup
Best Power Lunch – Runner Up
2008
Best Power Lunch
Best Soup
2007
Best Power Lunch
Best Soup – Runner Up

Business Record

2013
Best Caterer - Runner Up
2012
Best Caterer
2011
Best Caterer - Runner Up

DSM Magazine

2011
Best Salad