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Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador)
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Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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93% Recommend
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English first
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Fantastic find in West DSM, with fresh ingredients, wonderful homemade hot sauce, piping hot empandas and very quick, efficient service. Menu offers a really wide selection of regional choices, and I was very happy with my ceviche mixto. Good dinner size portions. It might not be the flashiest location, but the cuisine is spectacular.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Don't pass up this adorable little Ecuadorian gem. The food is fabulous, the presentation is pleasing, and the portions are prodigious. Tucked away in a strip mall between a craft store and a pet supply store, this restaurant is easy to miss. However, it is well worth the stop.

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Boone, Iowa
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212 reviews 212 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Just look at the picture of my sister to see what the look of pure satisfaction looks like. The atmosphere is perfect, quiet, relaxing. Waiter was friendly and suggested two of his favorite dinners, which we took him up on. (and make no mistake, they were not the most expensive on the menu!) I think I had the Arroz Marinero,... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stopped in transit because of the good ratings and we like to try different cuisines Arroz con pollo was tasty and well presented. It was a large mound of shredded chicken mixed with rice and vegetables with fried plantains on top(which I love) it was yellow from the anatto seed oil they use if I understood the waiter correctly... More

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El Palmar, Panama
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44 reviews 44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

What an amazing place! The food and service are top notch. Highly recommend! Home cooked and flavorful. Stopped after reading the reviews so glad we did!

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87 reviews 87 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I LOVE this place! I am very fussy about wanting to eat "real" ethnic food, not "Americanized". This restaurant is tops! I would eat here every night if I lived in Des Moines. I'm sure that all of their dishes are delicious, but I can't bring myself to order anything other than the ceviche. It's that good! Do not miss... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

The food at Mi Patria is great. I especially recommend the arroz con pollo but all the meat dishes we've tried have been delicious. The portions are large and reasonably priced. I have taken my family twice and the kids have enjoyed the kid's meals. Both times the service has been extremely friendly and their food recommendations right on. It... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

When you see where this place is located-in a strip mall next to a Michael's-you might be put off. Don't be. The food was delicious and adventurous. We took a leap of faith and tried some things we had never eaten-and could not pronounce :) For an appetizer we had mashed potatoes with peanut sauce..something I would never have thought... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Great portions and excellent and tasty food. The plantain preparations were something only found in Mexican restaurants. But this being an Ecuadorian place it had quite a unique flavor and taste. Try it and you will not regret. Good eating!

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Lansing, Michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We ate here after a long day of driving. We were so pleased to find a locally owned and family run restaurant. The food was quite good. We had the Patria for 2, and my children had arroz con pollo y frijoles. The portions were on the large side, but the flavor was not compromised.

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