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Hy-Vee Grocery

In a word: The best in grocery store cuisine.

The specs: #0517  
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JM and Nichole ate the breakfast buffet/omelet bar.
The bill was $15, or $7.50/person, plus tip.
JM gave Hy-Vee Grocery a B-; Nichole gave Hy-Vee Grocery a C+ (see our grading rubric).

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Hy-Vee's brekkers buffet seems to serve the same demo as Perkins, and we dare say the folks who choose Hy-Vee are, maybe, on to something. It's just a breakfast buffet, but compared to Northwoods Grill across the street and given the fact that you can pick up a halfgal'milk on the way out, Hy-Vee's not a bad deal.


If you go for the breakfast buffet, get:

  • The sliced ham. It's smoky, salty, fatty, and moist. 
  • The potatoes. They're creamy and good.
  • The fruit. Your mom would approve.
  • An omelet.
  • On the free wifi.

Don't get:

  • The biscuits. They're gummy (though the gravy isn't bad).
  • The sausage. Meh.
  • The coffee that comes with breakfast. Try the separate coffee bar; it might be better.


We have no idea how the rest of the Hy-Vee food court stacks up. Let us know what's good.


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Salad bar's decent, skip the mac-n-cheese.

The Chinese buffet is actually pretty good, and really reasonable. But then, I have a huge crush on Hy-Vee in general!

I would second the Chinese food, but I grew up with Hy-Vee (in Iowa) and have a bias for them.

I also recommend the Chinese. It's good for the money. When I lived in IA, I regularly bought the chicken and water chestnut entree, but haven't been to this HyVee to see if it's still around!

I haven't tried the breakfast buffet, just the regular one. B-/C+ is about right...

Try the deli. Overall it can be hit-or-miss (the vegetables are more often than not canned) but the entrees are pure Midwestern comfort food.

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