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Flying Mango

4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“cornbread” (45 reviews)
“ribs” (50 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, 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 1 February 2017

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
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...More

Thank Mary T
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
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
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...More

1  Thank Courtney B
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
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...More

Thank hazmatt457
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...More

Thank Michael S
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
Reviewed 13 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...More

1  Thank patrick w
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I am wondering what kind of seating it has, tables booths, table booth combo?
21 January 2015|
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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
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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