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Flying Mango

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4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
+1 515-277-1830
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Warm cozy atmosphere! The owner, Mike, has always been there when we go for dinner, and he is personally checking in on patrons. Our meals have always been very good and the service friendly and professional. On occasion, the smoked meats have been dry, but that hasn't occurred for many months now. Overall, the food has consistently been well prepared... More 

Thank Mary T
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried this restaurant out of the blue; it looked interesting and in an unexpected location. Attentive, smiling service and nice locale, but the food is just average and comparatively expensive.

Thank Carlos S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Aside from the fact that my wife and I haven't had better ribs and smoked chicken anywhere else, the atmosphere and the extremely nice staff made day, we will be going back soon!

1 Thank Brian W
Decorah, Iowa, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Starting with the drinks. The margaritas are absolutely fabulous. I wish I could have had more than one but they were quite strong and sweet. I had a traditional margarita on the rocks and it was fab. The owner was there and talked to us while we waited for our party. It was delightful to hear his story and to... More 

Thank Courtney B
Santa Cruz do Sul
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

the food is simple, but it is very good food. The price also is fair. There are options for vegetarian. The desert is amazing!

Thank Marcel P
Des Moines, Iowa
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

The Best BBQ in Des Moines! Fork tender brisket and fall-off-the-bone ribs. I'm a BBQ snob and from Texas to Louisiana to Kansas City this is my favorite by far. Their Cajun menu is outstanding. I work frequently in Louisiana and Flying Mango is the real thing. The atmosphere is casual and you'll likely meet the owner when he stops... More 

Thank hazmatt457
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

This was a great find. Food and atmosphere were exactly as advertised. My wife had the brisket and I had a combo: ribs, chicken, brisket. The ribs were good but a little too much bark for personal taste. The chicken was excellent!! The brisket was the star by far. Great! The collard greens were very good and the potatoes with... More 

Thank Michael S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Wife and I thought we'd try it out. Very friendly staff and very clean place. Was able to get in on a Friday night at 7:00 with little wait. Food was as good as any other bar-b-que that we've had in DSM! Will go back.

Thank Thomas R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

My two sisters were in town for a John Prine show at the Civic Center and we decided to take them and six others to the Flying Mango for dinner before the show. What a wonderful experience we enjoyed. For starters, we were greeted by the owner who paid attention to our table all night, Funny and laid back, he... More 

1 Thank patrick w
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We were lucky to visit this small but mighty restaurant. Our staff took great care of us and all 6 of us got a superb meal! The BBQ shrimp and grits was to die for!

Thank Meggan B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-1830

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