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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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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cornbread” (46 reviews)
“ribs” (53 reviews)
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Barbecue, American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Third time to eat at this restaurant and the 24 hour brisket is still my favorite! Food and service is awesome. I recommend the Jenny Salad, probably has 2/3lb of brisket topped on it! Yummy!

Thank snicodemus60
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

son just moved to DM, invited us to experience new orleans vibe in beaver dale. he suggested we watch guy fieri episode (diners, drive-ins and dives) before coming, which helped to appreciate the quality behind the fascinating open kitchen. waiting area packed in a very...More

Thank Vicki R
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome restaurant, one of the best I've been to. From the Jamaica lager beer to the awesome big chop with excellent sides (black beans &rice) to outstanding service in a unique atmosphere at reasonable prices our group of 4 will be back.

Thank Ole D
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Have heard about this place a lot and finally had chance to visit. It lived up to its rep as one of best restaurants in DSM. Small intimate place was buzzing at 8:30pm on a Thursday - rare for suburban DSM. Waitress was super friendly...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

I went here for dinner with two associates. The one individual among us that was from Des Moines recommended the spot. It seems to be a popular place since every seat was full on a Thursday night at 7pm when we arrived. Lucky we made...More

Thank Kwldtrvlr
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Succulent barbecue, bold flavors of the Caribbean and unique homemade side dishes, Great atmosphere not found in a chain operation that is hammered into a strip mall. Customers light up when they come in.

Thank rrrarick
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We had been wanting to try Flying Mango for a long time but it was always VERY busy when we tried. We went a bit earlier on a Friday evening and got right in around 5:30 p.m. and were SO glad we did! I had...More

Thank FormerHoosier
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere is very warm, friendly, and vibrant. Strangers are often found conversing from table to table. The smoked meats are fantastic and reasonably priced. The servers are exceptional. Reservations are accepted and there is ample free parking. Evenings only.

Thank nlskinner
Reviewed 3 April 2017

This was the most flavorful and tender beef brisket that I have ever tasted! My husband had the big chop and it was wonderful. We loved the sides, especially the cornbread.

Thank 934etheln
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

A group of friends ate at this establishment last evening. Everyone raved about their meal. Brisket, ribs, brisket salad, and tuna steak salad all very delicious. My wife wants to go back there tonite.

Thank maxe620
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22 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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