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Fat Tuesday

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6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
+1 515-285-3552
11:00 am - 9:00 am
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Cajun I have had since visiting New Orleans. I understand they've been here seven years, and somehow this is the first time I've been to Fat Tuesday. It is a little hole-in-the-wall for sure, but the food was out-of-this-world delicious. The owners Steven and Maria were crazy friendly! I will definitely be back, and I suspect this place will... More 

Thank Steve T
Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

If you like home cooked Cajun food.... Fat Tuesday is a great place.... We started with the combo appetizers... Fabulous gumbo..and beans...and Etouffee..... Had the Catfish smothered with Etouffee and rice and the Breaded Catfish with Cajun fries... The catfish wasn't really breaded.... more of a cornmeal coating.... Make sure to ask for the Crack sauce.... (Tarter sauce....) Best fish... More 

1 Thank BudByrd
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Went to dinner with my mom, aunt, and my sister met us there. I got some complaints from my mom and aunt on the choice until we started eating! Knew i had made a great choice before that but the server truly perfected the evening! Fun and relaxed setting with amazing 🎶 music!!! Gumbo and jambalaya was so full of... More 

1 Thank Romele M
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113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2016

If you want good Cajun food in Des Moines, this is the place. The restaurant is small and easy to miss from the road. But the food is always good. My favorites are the Gumbo, blackened catfish, collard greens and green beans. The green beans have potatoes in them and a nice bite to them. My husband's favorite is the... More 

Thank Lisa C
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2016

When I was there we ate off of plastic plates and with plastic utensils. I had pulled pork and gumbo. It was nothing special but I will say that there isn't a lot of "cajun" type food in Des Moines so it made for a nice experience.

Thank Doug P
Colleyville, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2016

My husband and I were in Des Moines after a blizzard in Minneapolis so we were just staying overnight. Hotel recommended the restaurant and said it had great pie. So we tried a little bit of everything on an appetizer plate and everything was delicious. Red beans and rice was recommended by the waiter and it was by far the... More 

Thank MSRS2013
Hudson, IA
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160 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The wait staff was very attentive and although the food came out in a bit of confused order it was delicious. I think they should redo the flooring as the Mrs and I both caught our foot a couple of times. The rest of the decor is what I'd call understated but yet just enough. We had the Appetizer Sampler... More 

2 Thank FlashBack351
Des Moines
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63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2015

I reviewed this restaurant once before and found it to be excellent. However, it has gotten even better! First, the menu shows pictures for people new to Cajun and soul food. Second, they have some new menu items. I had their steak'n'cheese Cajun Po'Boy, and it was AMAZING!! Yes, I know I used all caps and two exclamation points. Additionally,... More 

2 Thank Sarah A
Muscatine, Iowa
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015

If you want the taste of New Orleans with out the drive, Check out this Fat Tuesdays. The taste is incredible and great value. Lots of good good

1 Thank gegenjame
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

I went here with a family of five, and was accommodated well. My gator po-boy was delicious, and while I typically prefer gator from the glades, than the swamp, it tasted fresh, and not tough. Being able to get any gator within 20 miles of my house in the Midwest was a bonus, but this place exceeded my expectations. The... More 

1 Thank Andrew L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 am
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-285-3552

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?