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“Favorite date night” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fat Tuesday

Fat Tuesday
6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
515-285-3552
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Ranked #31 of 502 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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“Favorite date night”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

This Cajun restaurant has amazing spicy crawfish ettoufe and jambalaya. We love having samples of their different options with a cold glass of wine. Some nights they will even have live blues.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Des Moines, IA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

Wandered in here on a Friday night and it was the best idea all day! Amazing Creole food. I got the crawfish étouffée. It had fantastic flavor. My husbands red beans and rice had just as good flavor. On top of that they had live Blues. He made the night! Our 4 year old was dancing in the aisles. We will be back in a heartbeat.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012 via mobile

This place is a must stop! I get takeout quit often also dine in here and there, and every time the food is great. The jambalaya is very good.

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“The Real Deal Cajun Cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Fat Tuesday advertises itself as Des Moines metro's only authentic, Cajun/New Orleans, family owned restaurant. Steve the owner was born and raised in the New Orleans area of Louisana and knows Cajun. So if you want the Real Deal; head for Des Moines' south side. FT really should be listed under Cajun/Creole on TripAdvisor instead of under Seafood restaurants.

My favorite is the spicy fried catfish filet smothered in crawfish etouffee. Add a side of red beans & rice and its Cajun cuisine heaven. The gumbo is another high on my list. They have l lots of sides to choose from. I usually get the sweet potato fries and Cajun collard greens. They have regular cornbread but the jalapeno has nice heat to it. Occasionally they have dirty rice on the menu. Steve also has $1 samplers of gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and red beans&rice. Plus a large assortment of bottled hot/Cajun/Jamaican/hellfire, etc sauces to choose from to really liven up your meal.

FT usually carries a variety of speciality beers like Dixie, Jazz, Blackened Voodoo, Dead Guy, Big Easy as well as several domestic (non-southern) beers. Plus a variety of soda pop and teas (both sweet & Northern). They also do catering. Check out their website for real good info about their food, drinks, special events, catering options, photos of the crew & customers, etc.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Great Cajun Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

My husband and I lived in MS for 5 years, we often made trips to New Orleans. Having moved to IA we missed the great cooking of the South. I stumbled across this restaurant by searching the web. The food is tasty and made from family recipes with quite a wide menu. Po'boys, red beans & rice, blackened chicken. The atmosphere is fun and very friendly staff.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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