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Flying Mango

4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
515-277-1830
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Ranked #4 of 499 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole, Barbecue, Latin
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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DES MOINES
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

The most deliciously tender ribs and brisket ever. House bbq sauce is perfect, not too sweet. Extensive and unique wine and beer list. Great ambiance and friendly staff. There is usually always a wait, but it's worth it. Flying mango nails it every time.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This place is always right on the money. Think it can get a little expensive at times, but it is worth it. Wish I could find time to get here more often!

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Gem Lake, MN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The service at Flying Mango was everything it should be. Friendly, accommodating, very helpful, but in a personal and natural manner. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and able to make useful recommendations. I ordered a Bloody Mary from the bar, and I was very happy with it. The "salad" was good (sausage, shrimp, asparagus), and it had a... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

It used to be that if you wanted to eat Cajun food in Iowa you had to go to the store and get some Uncle Ben's dirty rice and make it at home. The game has changed. The Flying Mango offers fresh fish and seafood, and (dare I say) some of the best BBQ in the area. The atmosphere is... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Always amazing foid and service! I can't say enough how wonderful this establishment is! Everything is always frsh and the pulled pork is out of this world!

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Des Moines, IA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We love the barbeque here. My favorite is the brisket. My husband prefers the ribs. Our favorite sides are the apples, cornbread and red beans and rice. We've never had good luck with the potato of the day. I like the quirky atmosphere. It's also nice that you can bring in your own bottle of wine (they charge a $10... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I travel to Des Moines often for work and I always try to get to The Flying Mango. They have amazing food, great variety, awesome specials, and super friendly staff. Highly recommended!!

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Johnston, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Always a great experience at the 'Mango! Best ribs ever. Creative menu and the engaging owner, Mike, is a hoot.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This place came highly recommended to us from several people so we decided to try it. The outdoor appearance is less than desirable and I figured this was probably one of those places that is a hidden gem. I was wrong. The hostess was not friendly at all, we had reservations for 4 but one member of our party couldn't... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We have been here many times but we've never gotten tired of it. The food and service are always fantastic, and the food is good. Did I say the food was good? It is in case I didn't. :)

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