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6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
515-285-3552
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11:00 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
HIDDEN GEM ALERT!!!

HIDDEN GEM ALERT!!! Live, authentic blues music by Big Dee and Terry on Friday and Saturday nights, generous portions of every kind of Cajun food you ever thought of, and some you probably haven't thought of - including alligator po' boy sandwiches, and you ain't had sweet potato fries or sweet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Darlene W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

HIDDEN GEM ALERT!!! Live, authentic blues music by Big Dee and Terry on Friday and Saturday nights, generous portions of every kind of Cajun food you ever thought of, and some you probably haven't thought of - including alligator po' boy sandwiches, and you ain't had sweet potato fries or sweet potato pie until you've had them at Fat Tuesday.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

Tried this place for lunch. I had higher expectations based on other reviews. There was only one other customer in restaurant at noon for lunch. They were out of several menu options. I thought the food and service was Ok but pretty pricey. Almost $14 for Po Boy and fries. No drink. Perhaps explains why there was only 2 people... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The food was classic cajun good but not amazing the people were very nice and the atmosphere was ok nut I'm sure it would be better on the weekend

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I discovered this small locally owned restaurant driving home from work and had to stop in and see and taste. My paternal grandparents were Cajun and I wanted to see how they compare to my Grammy's home cooking, and I wasn't disappointed. I had their sampler along with some fried alligator and sweet potato pie. Every bit was absolutely delightful!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Gator bites, frog legs, etoufee, boudain, bacon catfish po' boy, all extremely delicious! This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is outstanding!!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have been going to Fat Tuesday for several years. The staff is always very friendly and the food is excellent. I have been to New Orleans many times. Steven, the owner does his hometown proud. It is like going to eat at a friends house in New Orleans. Steven captures the complex layers of flavors that true Cajun food... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I'll have to confess that I have been to Fat Tuesdays several times over. I find the blacken cat fish to be my favorite. I will keep going back because of the service and excellent meals. In fact I think I will go have lunch there today, so I've got to run. Go try it you will like it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have been here 4 or 5 times and always have great Cajun food. Fat Tuesday is a nice change from all of the chain restaurants in the Des Moines area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If in Des Moines and you want to try good Cajun food. Try this little place on the south side of the city. It's small, but the food will surprise you. Great food! And on the weekends,a little blues entertainment.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Let me start out by saying I am not a big Cajun fan. I do not care for the spices, and it gives me heartburn. This place made me a convert! Their greens are spectacular; I can eat a whole dinner of just greens and corn bread. The Po' boys are fluffy rolls filled with goodies. Oh, and the frogs'... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-285-3552

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?