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Flying Mango

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4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
515-277-1830
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
OMG - one of the best, if not THE best BBQ I have ever had!

Small, quaint (a little hard to find) location. The food is amazing. I read some of the Foursquare reviews before making my selection of the 24-hr brisket and the cornbread. Everything we ate was amazing.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Small, quaint (a little hard to find) location. The food is amazing. I read some of the Foursquare reviews before making my selection of the 24-hr brisket and the cornbread. Everything we ate was amazing.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

While we were in Des Monies we found this place and decided to stop. The food was great, really good flavor and nice presentation. The place is small, but the wait time was very short about 10 minutes to get a seat. The staff seemed very friendly, the owner stopped by the table an thanked us for coming to his... More 

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Terra Firma
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Man, this place continually rocks. The food is still awesome and the service still very good and friendly wait staff. I won't ever hesitate to go here if looking for a good cajun food, or ribs. Fantastic place, and nicely hidden/tucked away from all the chains.

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Terra Firma
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We went there for a date night and it happened to be the same night as half of the town's proms and local school's graduation. The service was a bit, just a bit, rushed, but not only the owner was the to help pitch in, but EVERYONE was helping everyone else. And, needless to say the food.....still FANTASTIC! I had... More 

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arnolds park
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This was our first visit and I can say there will be more! The moment you walk in the vibe and fabulous smells warmly welcome you. The BBQ was delic and bread pudding...oh my!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The food and drinks were great, but felt pushed to leave the table even though we had only been there less than an hour (arriving at 5:10 on a Friday). We order both our food and drinks the first time the waitress came to our table. Our food came our quickly and was great. However, I had to flag down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We were hoping to get a nice dinner at a local place on a busy Saturday night, called and they said there was a little wait but could get us in, which they did. The location and exterior might make you wonder if you have the right place, but just go in, you will feel very welcome and you should... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Famous for its Barbecue, but everyone has their own interpretation of BBQ, I'm just not a fan of heavily wood smoked ribs. It was tender fall off the bone great, just not a flavor I care for, I tried to hide with the sauce, but to much vinegar based for me. Wait staff pleasant, if not the most engaging I've... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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68 reviews 68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

As we always seem to be looking for great local barbeque, our last night in Des Moines was no exception. The barbeque at the Flying Mango; mentioned on other reviews, was enough to point our noses in their direction. While we were waiting for the hostess to seat us, I caught a glimpse of a plate of Barbeque Beef Brisket... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

One of our all time favorites. We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. If you have out of town guests, this is a great place to entertain. Local flare, excellent food, fun atmosphere. If there is such a thing as gourmet BBQ, this is it. The smokiness is perfect and sides traditional yet unique. This is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-277-1830

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Latin, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions

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