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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
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First time at Flying Mango. Small restaurant, very nicely done. We had trigger fish and seared tuna. She really liked the trigger fish. I think the seared tuna is quite possibly the best, most tender I've ever had. Great atmosphere! People actually follow the suggestion on the menu to avoid talking on their cell phones and appreciate the company of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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60 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have the BBQ down stone cold...and, being a Southerner and a Memphis-In-May BBQ contest veteran, I know BBQ. But finding a great grilled fish in Iowa was unexpected. The FM is a culinary gem.

Thank DFWSteve
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this funky restaurant fun and full of flavor. Unique dishes, sometimes live music and, we hear, there are "regulars" that eat here every week for...years. Just...go!

Thank Michael L
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

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.

1 Thank Carlos S
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 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
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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 

1 Thank Courtney B
Santa Cruz do Sul
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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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, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, 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: 5152554111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?