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Flying Mango

4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
+1 515-255-4111
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (61 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
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Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Bustling restaurant with up front kitchen line has a great vibe, with excellent service and the food to match. On-site smoked ribs and chicken were so very tasty. Meaty, tender, just right. Homemade sides and BBQ sauce added the perfect touch. Smoky inside and warm;...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank refelo
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This small neighborhood eatery is tucked into an old residential area in Des Moines on 46th and Hickman Rd. Upon entering one has to pass the grilling area and welcoming cooks. Tables are placed close together yet it never feels crowded. It's noisy, though, so...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Rhonda P
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Two of us called ahead on a Friday night and were seated immediately upon arrival. I ordered a small house salad (delicious!) and the pick 3 with jalapeño grits and cornbread and my daughter had the chicken pasta with mango salsa. The brisket and grits...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank mamat122963
Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

I had my second trip with fly mango on the 28th of August 2018, the service was awesome compared to my first trip with them in 2014. Keep up the good work

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank nhlanhla leonar... B
Reviewed 15 September 2018

We were in town for our anniversary in September and tried this based upon the ratings. Wow, were we disappointed! The brisket was very fatty - hardly any meat and very little flavor. The cornbread and coleslaw were equally bland. The service was mediocre at...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank fatzaz
Reviewed 22 August 2018

The Des Moines area has a huge variety of good restaurants. Flying Mango is possibly not for everyone, but if you love intimate, smells one could charge for, good service and unusual, but fantastic BBQ (including seafood) this place is worth many visits. I am...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank packertribe6
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Visited with a friend. We both ordered brisket sandwiches. So much delicious meat! We both ate several slices of brisket before attempting to eat our sandwich. The sides were just as good as the entree. Would definitely go back.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank CaseyMo921
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Stop in during business on a recommendation of locals. Coming from Louisiana this food reminded me of home. The pork chop and collar greens were great and we plan to return later in our visit. Worth the price.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Bradmess1
Reviewed 29 July 2018

This place is not pretty on the outside. But don't judge it on the drive, go inside. I went for the brisket and was not disappointed. Great portions, thick-cut slices, and tasted wonderful. Others in my party had the smoked chicken and ribs. All were...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank rickophoto
Reviewed 25 July 2018

Hands down, my favorite restaurant in the Des Moines area. Unique place with great food and some of the best wait staff around. You will have the opportunity to meet the owners... wonderful people. When Catfish cakes are on the menu, GET THERE, you won't...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank Matthew S
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Response from JIM A | Reviewed this property |
I have been there several times and don't remember anything but tables. Sitting in the back room is preferred.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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: +1 515-255-4111
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