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Reviewed October 5, 2022 via mobile

It us the best restaurant in Des Moines...small menu with each dish better than the other. Brisket was amazing and the duck dish was the best we ever had in the USA. Service was excellent and prices were reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 11, 2022 via mobile

A friend and I had lunch at Mango’s and we both loved our meal. She had a shrimp roll up that she couldn’t put down—not even to eat the fresh fruit and delicious tortilla chip sides. I had a mango salad topped with lobster/crab salad—YES...real lobster and crab. It was great! I got citrus dressing on the side but frankly didn’t need it. I would back go today to eat here. The ambience harkens back to my hippy days and the scene is a little loud with all on the chatter—but it’s basically happy chatter. Enjoy it along with your meal. Highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed March 21, 2022

I'll start with Mike, the owner, because sooner or later you'll want to meet him. Very knowledgeable about the area, music and his food. He guaranteed me I would never have had better brisket...............and he was right. It was phenomenal! Along with some outstanding catfish...cakes, Mike's bar staff makes some very creative and delicious signature drinks. Thanks to Mike and Venessa for making our stop in Des Moines one to remember. We'll follow your Facebook page for listening room music opportunities.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 9, 2021

picked up chicken dip, pulled pork, and collard greens this time...it's what was for dinner...with lots left over...smoky deliciousness...

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed December 1, 2020 via mobile

I don't often give a five-star review but I feel i have to because the flying Mango has made an extraordinary effort for us to get good food yet remain safe and to have their staff remain safe as well. I want to talk a...little bit about their pop-up concept so if you want to get food from the flying Mango you got to connect with them on their Facebook page and then get an email which gives you a weekly pop-up of some limited menu items you have to get your order in before a certain time on Friday and the longer you wait there is a chance that the item you want could run out. The one I participated in was before Thanksgiving and I got ribs and a bloody mary mix for drinks. What happens is you go to the order page which you can get a link from on Facebook or you can get sent an email and also has a link to the order page you put your order in and pay for it and then on Saturday you pick it up. They email you will pick up time usually in a 4-Hour span and a cell phone number to call or text when you arrive. it's pretty cool when you drive up they have a table set up you text them the number they come out and set your order on the table and you pick it up and go it's about as safe as I think you can get. Now to the food they did a great job on the ribs I like a dry rib and they have a wonderful side sauce which gives you a little bite. I also enjoyed my bloody mix. the thing is every week they have a little different items and usually their side dishes and also pies which they're really good The thing is you have to get your order in early or they'll run out, that's why I suggest getting on their email list in checking their Facebook page, but a real tip of the hat to flying Mango for providing a wonderful quality food in a really safe environment.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 30, 2020 via mobile

The customer service at Flying Mango is unrivaled. We had the takeout ribs and the bourbon pecan pie. We could not be happier with the food or service. We are so glad to be supporting a local business during Covid. Thank you so much.

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed February 29, 2020

What a fantastic dinner we had: I chose the holy trinity of Southern style BBQ, i.e. pulled pork, ribs, and brisket - one better than the other! Furthermore, we were very well served. I personally also liked the "rough" interior and the overall laid back...atmosphere!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020

The food was average, the servers were very nice but the dining area could have been cleaner. The place liiks a little tired

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

We were in Des Moines with our college friends for a wedding and went to the Flying Mango for dinner. Mike, the owner was personable and fun. I ordered the Redneck Surf -N-Turf, and my husband ordered the Grilled Trigger Fish. Both were delicious! Even...the sides, red beans & rice and corn bread, were tasty. Since no one had ordered the brisket, Mike brought us a sample to try. Tender and flavorful. To top it off we had wonderful homemade blueberry pie (the lady who made it happened to be in the restaurant that night too). I highly recommend.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Small cozy restaurant with a great menu and good customer service. Our food was fantastic and the waitress was very helpful. Gets packed on weekends, but it's worth the wait.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

Just had a great meal here w/my wife. Place is very small & quaint...you pass by the "pit"/kitchen as you go into dining room. Found out they smoke their meats daily...and tasted like it! Wife had brisket...looked like 2 large cuts of meatloaf....and SO flavorful....I had the ribs...meat came right off the bone. Kudos to the "smoke chef"! Do wish they had tap beer tho....had 15-16 selections, but cans only. Same w/Coke & Sprite...cans only. Service great....chocolate cake for dessert was great...will absolutely be back when in town.....More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

A great couple's restaurant. I love the bbq here and my wife has many other favourites to choose from. Having the owner there visiting with diner's is a big plus

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 21, 2019

The special was Prime Rib and it did not disappoint! Lots of unique side dishes. We were celebrating my mom's 88th birthday, and to our surprise, the owner had the entire restaurant wish her a 'Happy Birthday'! Now that is service!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

We've eaten here twice (we live 4 hours away or it'd be more!) and first learned of it from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. The first time I ordered the special which was a platter of what Guy Fierri ordered when he was here. The second...time I also ordered the special which was smoked duck - everything we had was so delicious and full of flavor, but my favorite is actually the red beans & rice. It had flavor, and wasn't just hot and steeped in pepper like some places. The catfish is by far the best catfish we've ever had - cooked perfectly and tasty, and my husband LOVED the ribs he got. Get there early - we got there right when they opened and it filled up pretty fast - also they ran out of the special of the night before I even got my order (the duck). Great place to go whether you're on a date or taking the family out to dinner. Worth checking out!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

It is a small place that offers incrediable dishes. Guy Ferrie has been there infact he went there and reviewed it x2 just cause he did not get enough. They will even cook the dish that he ordered, just for you! They always have a...chef special on the weekends. I have ordered the triger fish witch is out of this world. The pork chops are, eat one here and take the other one home for lunch. The ribs are the best in town! A must have is the wings, very unique flavor as apposed to the usual buffalo ones. The place does not offer any fried food, they don't even have a deep fryer. They always offer a twist on Grits, and on patatoes. I have not gotten a dish that I did not like there, and have ordered a lot of differnt items. You enter and the cooks are right there to greet you. I have been there so many times they know me. The service is friendly, and the Owner always, always, makes it to the table to see if all is well. Can't wait to go back.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Response from smada2000 | Reviewed this property |
I’m sure considering how prevalent that request is that they would have gluten free options.
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I have been there several times and don't remember anything but tables. Sitting in the back room is preferred.
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