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West Des Moines

Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant


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Prices vary from $6.99 to $9.99
Fresh turnover stuffed with your choice of either beef, chicken or cheese
Papa Serrana
Perfectly cooked baby potatoes sautéed with Ecuadorian style chicharron, green onions and cilantro, tossed with mozzarella cheese.
Picadillo de Hornado
Roasted, lean and tender pulled pork served with potato patties, white corn, fava beans and ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Yuca
Delicious yucca patty stuffed with cheese, topped with ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Verde con Ensalada Criolla
Savory plantain patty stuffed with perfectly seasoned beef and vegetables, topped with ensalada criolla.
Potato patties stuffed with cheese, topped with warm peanut sauce (contains peanuts).
Patacones con Queso
Fried green plantain served with a slice of fresh cheese
Prices vary from $8.99 to $11.99
Sandwich de Hornado
Oven roasted pulled pork served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce and ensalada criolla, accompanied by a side of fries
Sandwich de Bistec
Ecuadorian-style *steak served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, sliced tomatoes, avocado and crisp lettuce, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Pollo Asado
Grilled, marinated chicken breast, served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onions, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Tilapia
Lightly breaded tilapia fillet, pan-fried to perfection, served on a ciabatta bun topped with shrimp ceviche, lettuce and avocado, accompanied by a side of fries
Prices vary from $10.99 to $16.99
Camarones al Ajillo
Large shrimp sautéed with hot peppers, simmered in a house special sauce, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, slices of tomato and patacones.
Arroz Marinero
A medley of shrimp, crab legs, clams, mussels, and vegetables, cooked then tossed with yellow rice and garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Camarones Apanados
Large shrimp, lightly breaded and fried, served with lentil rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado and fried ripe plantain.
Arroz con Camarones
Shrimp and vegetables tossed with yellow rice, garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Tilapia Frita
Flavorful tilapia lightly breaded then pan-fried golden, served with lentil rice, lettuce, patacones, avocado and ensalada criolla.
Ceviche de Pescado
Fresh fish marinated in lime juice, served with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and cilantro, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Ceviche de Camaron
Succulent cooked shrimp served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers tossed in a savory citrus-based juice, garnished with toasted corn, served with a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Ceviche Mixto
A mouthwatering combination of cooked shrimp, fresh fish, and clams, served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers, tossed in a citrus-based juice garnished with toasted corn, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Prices vary from $9.99 to $24.99 * Indicates items may be cooked to order *Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
Carne Asada
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lentil menestra, patacones and ensalada criolla.
Costillas a la Brasa
Tender and succulent spareribs, infused with traditional Ecuadorian flavors, slow cooked, finished a la brasa, served with steamed white rice, ensalada criolla, lentil menestra and sweet ripe plaintains.
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado, bean menestra, fried egg and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Hornado con Mote
Slow roasted marinated pulled pork, served with white corn, steamed white rice, delicious potato patty and ensalada criolla.
Arroz con Pollo
Rice mixed with a medley of pulled chicken and vegetables, served with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Lomo Saltado
Beef strips, Green peppers, onions and tomatoes sautéed with a signature sauce, mixed with fries, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, avocado, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Fritada con Mote
Marinated pork tips served with white corn, steamed white rice, bean menestra, slices of fried ripe plantain and ensalada criolla.
Bistec de Carne
Ecuadorian style *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, patacones and slices of avocado.
For the adventurous: traditional beef tripe stew simmered in our signature mani sauce with diced vegetables and potatoes, served with steamed white rice, sliced avocado and sweet ripe plantains
Seco de Pollo
Chicken stewed with vegetables, served with yellow rice, lettuce, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Prices vary from $2.50 to $3.00
Menestra (beans or lentils)
Fried Ripe Plantains
Ensalada Criolla
Prices vary from $4.99 to $6.99
Smooth and silky flan topped with delicious caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Coconut Fried Banana with Ice Cream
Perfectly ripened banana strips dipped in our own delicious, sweetened coconut breading, fried to a crunchy golden brown and accompanied by creamy vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, garnished with a fresh strawberry… It’s delicious.
Arroz con leche
You must try our savory sweet, warm spiced rice pudding… Just like mom used to make
ALL KID MEALS ARE $5.99 (For kids under 12 only please)
Hornado with Rice & Beans
Arroz con Pollo
Chicken Tenders with Fries
Cheeseburger with Fries
In March 2011 "Mi Patria" opened becoming the first and only Ecuadorian restaurant in Des Moines. Owner Cesar Miranda (Ecuadorian) with more than fifteen years of experience in the restaurant business, accomplished his dream by bringing the aromas and flavors of his country to Des Moines. A customer of the restaurant stated, "I never imagined finding an Ecuadorian restaurant in Iowa". This gives us an idea of the challenges Cesar Miranda encountered. Before opening the restaurant, Cesar and his wife Delilah exploited every opportunity to prepare, serve and sell their dishes in the different festivals and fairs in the area. They attended World Food Festivals for over four years in Des Moines.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Latin, Ecuadorean
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

this was recommended by a friend so we thought we would try it. when we arrived, there was almost nobody in there. that should have been a clue we ordered what the waitress recommended which was a shrimp dish. my wife wouldnt even eat it....More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank rockteam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are loyal TA followers. 9 times out of 10...TA is right on the money. This was the #10. Super dissapointed. Came here b/c Triple D was here in 2014. In the 5 years since then, not sure what has happened. Service was marginal at...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank meadrooney
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time I tried Ecuadorian food. I didn’t have to wait to get seated; the people there were very nice, the food was ready in minutes and it was delicious. A must-try if you’re in Des Moines.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank keyserm2016
Reviewed October 8, 2019

I have eaten my share of salads when dining out in this area as I am gluten free and have some additional food allergies. Not here! I was able to partake of several appetizers as well as entrees. The flan, at the end of our...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Thank marygee1390
Reviewed September 4, 2019 via mobile

Mi Patria has authentic Ecuadorian food that is served generously by the most friendly owners. The food is fresh, tasty and affordable. We visit whenever wr gey a chance.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Keka G
Reviewed August 18, 2019 via mobile

We visit this place regularly when in Des Moines. It features authentic Ecuadorean cusine, with great flavors and large portions. This time I had the pork chop, with lentils, plantain, rice, and a criollo salad. Another in our party had the Mojo Asado, which was...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank 573dk9999
Reviewed August 13, 2019

My friends and I have been going to ‘MI’ (as we call it) since before anyone had seen it on diners, drive-ins and dives. Every time someone comes into town, I always take them there, to experience delicious Ecuadorian food in Iowa. The empanadas are...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 28, 2019 via mobile

Was very excited to come here based on the reviews, WDM ranking and Diners, Drive ins and Dives. I found the service to be excellent and very helpful with the menu. Atmosphere isn’t great as it’s in a strip mall. They have a good drink...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank randyw952
Reviewed July 3, 2019

My fave is the Arroz con Pollo...Enough food to feed 3 people. Their unique hot "sauce" is amazing. Great service, friendly staff! Definitely a place to check out!

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank sarakern
Reviewed June 28, 2019 via mobile

Have heard about this restaurant a lot lately and decided to go with friends. Very enjoyable meal and wonderful service. Doesn’t have much curb appeal, but the food is plentiful and tasty. Will definitely go back.

Date of visit: June 2019
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April 10, 2016|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
That may be correct. I would not think an Ecuadorian restaurant would be required to serve only Ecuadorian originated dishes.
November 15, 2015|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't expect a problem, but it is a good idea, none the less, to have a table.
July 18, 2015|
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Response from M M | Reviewed this property |
They have a small wine & beer selection. As is typical of many small restaurant owners, they often carry lower-end, less expensive, well-known selections. It would be a boon to business and customer dining experience to have... More
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