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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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  • 110
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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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
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Fabulous food, great variety, killer BBQ brisquet, and great dessert. The unimpressive exterior, and cramped dining area cannot stop me from highly recommending this place. Service very good, but the food is fantastic. Try the bread puding for dessert. 5 visits, all with a high rating. Call... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Keith L
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Elk Grove, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Elk Grove, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Fabulous food, great variety, killer BBQ brisquet, and great dessert. The unimpressive exterior, and cramped dining area cannot stop me from highly recommending this place. Service very good, but the food is fantastic. Try the bread puding for dessert. 5 visits, all with a high rating. Call for a reservation!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't let the simple outside design of the building fool you. The food inside is complex and fantastic. I was blown away by the catfish and my wife-who hates fish-even thought it was great. Portions were large. Staff was friendly. Beer selection was also great. This place is a gem hidden in the burbs.

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Olathe, Kansas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I thought this highly recommended restaurant was good but not excellent. It was BBQ - but I'm from Kansas City where the BBQ will blow your mind. I had a half a chicken. It was good, moist, and flavorful. On the side I started out with some sort of jalapeño potato. It wasn't good. This is probably only the second... More 

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Dickson, TN
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58 reviews 58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A coworker who lives in the area told me The Flying Mango is the "Best restaurant in Des Moines". I went last night, a Tuesday, and noticed the parking lot was full and they were busy. I was seated very quickly by a wonderful hostess, who was both efficient and entertaining. She gave me some recommendations - wings or mussels... More 

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

30 minute wait on a Saturday night, not bad. I'm not a huge fan of brisket because I've been sorely disappointed at so many restaurants. Flying Mango brisket is AMAZINGLY flavorful & tender. The brisket pulled apart SO easily with my fork. The sauce on the table was perfectly spiced- a little heat. {sorry, we polished off the bottle} I... More 

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Des Moines
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Only had to wait 20 minutes to be seated and that was with a last minute idea to come here. Food came quickly and it was fantastic. Would definitely come again. Cool atmosphere.

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Senior Reviewer
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Good service, good food great environment, down to earth people, the ribs were spicy but very good make sure to call in advance or there will be a wait

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Address: 4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
Phone Number: 515-277-1830
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Latin, Barbecue

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

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