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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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English first
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in Des Moines on our cross country trip West. Looking at restaurant reviews we decided to give Mi Patria a try. We are certainly glad we did. Not familiar with Ecuadoran cuisine, we found the dishes to be flavorful, interesting and very tasty. We began our meal with Llapingachos,potato patties stuffed with cheese and topped with a peanut... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Delicious food, fresh ingredients, good service. Large portions without overkill. A nice selection of wine & beer as well. A gem hidden away in a shopping center.

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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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215 reviews 215 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
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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