Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - Iowa



  (6 restaurants)    
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Flying Mango: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Flying MangoSee Flying Mango Video ($$)
(344 ratings)

4345 Hickman Rd Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 255-4111
  • Ribs
    baby back ribs, rubbed & smoked in cherry wood for 4.5-5.5 hrs; served w/ sweet potato pancake & red beans & rice; looks good
  • Smoked Catfish Cake
    chef-owner's personal favorite; served w/ corn bread & collard greens
4.5 out of 5
344 ratings
opened in 2003; "prides itself on award-winning succulent barbecue, bold flavors of the Caribbean and unique homemade sidedishes" (from its website); Other Recipes: Collard Greens Gratin
  • Arroz Con Pollo
    rice mixed w/ a medley of pulled chicken & vegetables; served w/ slices of fried ripe plantain; looks good
  • Hornado con Mote
    slow-roasted marinated pulled pork served w/ white corn, steamed white rice, potato patty & ensalada criolla
4.5 out of 5
315 ratings
since 2011; heritage of the Ecuadorian flavor; Other Recipes: Tortilla de Yuca
Patton's: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Patton's [CLOSED]See Patton's Video ($$)
(55 ratings)

1552 E Grand Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 265-2203
  • Red Beans & Rice
    w/ andouille sausage, smoked turkey; served over rice; "that's outrageous!" - Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Red Velvet Waffles
    topped w/ hot (melted) cream cheese frosting
  • Southern Fried Chicken
    brined over night, dredged in seasoned flour & deep-fried
4.5 out of 5
55 ratings
[CLOSED]; since 2010; casual dining establishment offering Cajun Creole, Caribbean Jerk & a variety of "Southern soul w/ flair"
Smokey D's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Smokey D's BBQSee Smokey D's BBQ Video ($$)
(327 ratings)

5055 NW 2nd St Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50313
(515) 243-2747
  • Apple Dumpling
    whole un-cored apple wrapped in dough & baked
  • Asian Smoked Wings
    cherrywood-smoked & deep-fried; looks good
4.0 out of 5
327 ratings
opened in 2010; "winner of over 60 State BBQ Championships & over 700 local, regional & National BBQ Awards" (from its website); inside the "swine colosseum" (11,000 sq-ft)
  • Bulgogi Masa Fries
    masa fries (potato dough mix sliced into fries shape & deep-fried) topped w/ Bulgogi (pan-fried marinated thinly sliced beef), cheese sauce, kimchi & eel sauce; "of everything I've enjoyed on this show, that's got to be at least in the top 5%"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Seitan Andouille Burrito
    vegan burrito w/ homemade vegetarian "Andouille", poblano potato w/ smoky tomato sauce; "90% of the people" would never guess it's vegan
3.5 out of 5
310 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 2013; metal musician turned taco chef serving tacos w/ Asian flair; Other Recipes: Pak Bulgogi (BBQ Chicken) Tacos
  • Chili
    award-winning; looks good
  • Tenderloin Sandwich
    a Des Moines staple; breaded & deep-fried pork shoulder w/ ketchup, onions, pickles & mustard between burger buns
3.0 out of 5
68 ratings
est. 1920; classic all-American drive-in where waitresses rollerskate your order to your car (think of movie "American Graffiti"); institution; Other Recipes: Onion Rings
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