Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop & Bookstore in Leon, Iowa

In the heart of southern Iowa lies the small town of Leon, just minutes from Interstate 35 and at the intersection of Highways 2 and 69. From the Ground is located on the west side of the square and is truly a gathering place for the community.  Serving breakfast and lunch daily, you will also find us open for special community events including the high school play, 4th of July on the square, and the Leon Noel.  According to one of our customers,

"Not one thing, it is a million little things that make it (From the Ground) special!"

Learn more about us below.

Our Cozy Restaurant for Breakfast and Lunch

Start your day out right with breakfast at From the Ground.  Omelets, French toast and scones are just a few of the tasty items you will find on our breakfast menu.   Fast track coffee and breakfast sandwiches are easily prepared for the weekday rush or enjoy a warm, leisurely breakfast with friends on a Saturday morning.  We serve breakfast daily from 7-10:30 a.m.

Our unique lunch menu consists of specialty sandwiches and salads, soups, and a variety of baked goods.  Each special is individually made and can often be adapted to meet our customers’ preferences and needs. 

Take a Breather with Coffee, a Snack or Dessert

Coffee brings people together.  Dark, bold roasted Celebration, lightly flavored Southern Pecan, and sweet and creamy German Chocolate Lattes can all be found in our shop.  Gather your friends at one of our many tables and discuss your favorite books, movies, or just enjoy each other’s company.  Regular coffee groups are always welcome!
Not a coffee drinker, check out our wide variety of smoothies including Blueberry Vanilla, Strawberry Banana and many more ALL made with REAL fruit.  Healthy and delicious smoothies also make a great breakfast option.

Our Gift Shop & Artwork

Looking for that one of a kind gift?  We provide a venue for many local entrepreneurs to showcase their passion and talents in art, jewelry, woodworking, textiles and more in our gift department.  Come check out our collection of paintings and photographs and maybe take some of it home with you! We provided a retail venue for those unable to open a shop on their own. Find that special gift and know that you are making a small local craftsman’s dream become a reality. We LOVE the response when a local entrepreneur receives a check from us for the items sold.

Ben Lou Street Bookstore

Nestled among the tables of our shop, you will find the Ben Lou Street Bookstore.  Fiction, non-fiction, religious, paperback and books on tape in quality condition can be yours for a fraction of the cost of new.  Browse through our library while you enjoy your hot cup of coffee or start that first chapter while enjoying lunch.