The menu at Brooks B&B Super Market reads "Killer Sandwiches" -Killer
sides, Dad's Killer, Killer Chili, Killer Subs, Killer this and Killer
that. Everything is called Killer!
I didn't know why until the goods hit the table. Most things we ate,
and there were plenty of them, were pretty darn good. This take-out
place at S.E. Sixth and Hartford sells a lotta things most supermarkets
don't sell. Besides the killer stuff, it carries normal stuff like milk,
pop, flour, sugar, ketchup and napkins -and lot of other items not
normally stocked on the shelves of your typical supermarket these days,
like pork brains and beef oxtails.
They had some monster hunks of dead cow (the sign on one hunk said it
would make a dozen T-bones -good thing cutting is free). The meat case
also held a good-sized hunk of hog. Believe me, this wasn't your average
cut of meat; you might need a jumbo Weber to wrassle that one to the
If you want lunch without having to grill your own meat, you can find
it here. B&B sells Killer Subs, sold by the foot at $8.49 per, at any
length up to 6 feet. We didn't try one of those, but we did hit the rest
of the sandwich menu pretty heavy.
Take the Killer Sausage sandwich ($3.49) -burp! -with tangy sausage,
lotsa peppers and mozzarella cheese. Or the Killer Unbreaded Loin
($3.39) -belch! -grilled and topped with hot pepper cheese. Real good
stuff. The X-Large Breaded Piggy Pork Loin ($3.99) was tasty as well.
All the tenderloins, be they Pork, Chorizo or Italian ($3.19 each), are
home-made and pounded on site. Great stuff each and every one.
Toss in a basket of Killer Flour Tacos (three for $3.99), a basket of
Inferno Wings ($2.79), Jalapeno Poppers (four for $2.09), an order of
rings and some cheese sticks and things are looking mighty fine for our
group. After feasting and gorging and belching and pretty much making
Fatboys out of ourselves, we had finally reached the end of the road.
Did I mention that you can make any Killer Sandwich into a Killer Basket
if you like? For an additional $1.40, they add criss-cross fries, and
your choice of potato salad, cole slaw, or macaroni salad. The slaw was
my favorite of the bunch.
Oh, I almost forgot the grilled killers, burgers (double or cheese),
boneless pork loin, boneless ribeye steak and boneless chicken. I went
for the double cheeseburger with pickle and onion. When asked how was
the burger, without thinking I responded, "KILLER!"
Bob, Becky, John Jr. and Joseph Brooks, along with Bob and Becky's
nephew Archie Brooks, keep the chow flying, so this is "mom and pop" at
the ultimate level. Dad and sons cook and mom takes in the cash. That
setup seems to work as well now as it did in 1922 when the first store
opened at another location, or since 1962 at its current site!
It seems like you could get just about anything your heart -or stomach
-desires at B&B's. Stop in for some great eats and some laughs as well.
The crew seemed to be plenty chatty as they churned out the goods to a
hungry noon-time crowd that ranged from blue-collar people to the
suit-and-tie crowd (as well as the likes of Fatboy and the motley crew
he runs with). Enjoy!
E-mail the Fatboy at firstname.lastname@example.org,
What: Brooks B&B Super Market
Where: S.E. Sixth and Hartford, Des Moines
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays
Phone: 243-7607 (fax 280-7037)