Des Moines, IA

  (9 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
High Life Lounge: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
High Life Lounge ($)
(217 ratings)

200 SW 2nd St Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 280-1965
As Seen On:
Man v. Food, Episode: "Des Moines"
  • Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots
    looks good
  • Broasted Chicken
    looks good
4.5 out of 5
217 ratings
Iowa State Fair: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Iowa State Fair
(98 ratings)

3000 East Grand Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50317
(515) 262-3111
  • Deep-Fried Butter
    butter is sticked, dipped in cinnamon/honey batter & deep-fried
  • Deep-Fried Pickledawgs
    one of the more popular items; quarter-slice dill pickle w/ cream cheese w/ ham or pastrami wrapped on outside, then battered & deep-fried
  • Double-Bacon Corn Dog
    hot dog wrapped in bacon & dipped in cornmeal batter w/ bacon bits & deep-fried
  • Funnel Cakes
    red velvet topped w/ powdered sugar & cream cheese glaze; also German chocolate topped w/ powdered sugar, pecans
  • Potato Chips
    made-to-order; at Grater Taters booth
4.5 out of 5
98 ratings
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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"
Jethro's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Jethro's BBQ ($$)
(329 ratings)

3100 Forest Ave Map It!
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 279-3300
  • Adam Emmenecker Challenge
    challenge: 12-inch deep fried pork tenderloin, 2 buffalo chicken tenders, angus steak cheeseburger, bacon, beef brisket, 2 fried cheddar cheese cubes, smothered in cheese sauce, plus 1-lb of waffle fries..all in 15 minutes; Adam lost
  • Hot Wings
    voted best wings in Des Moines for 3 consecutive years; smoked and then flash fried; looks good
  • The Jethro
    (huge) sandwich w/ battered & fried pork tenderloin, Carolina style pulled pork, house smoked pit ham, double order of thick slab bacon & topped w/ aged white cheddar cheese sauce; looks good
4.0 out of 5
329 ratings
#2 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Bacon Bites); #69 (101 More Amazing Places to Chowdown); opened in 2008; big food portions and beer served in mason jars
Smokey D's BBQ: View details, maps, videos, recommended foods
Smokey D's BBQSee Smokey D's BBQ Video ($$)
(328 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
328 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)
  • Original Maid-Rite Sandwich
    seasoned ground beef loose meat sandwich served on a warm bun; like a sloppy joe, but not as greasy
3.5 out of 5
3 ratings
[CLOSED]; opened in 1926 as a walk-up window; claims to be the first drive-thru starting in 1948; over 70 locations
  • 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
Des Moines, IA   (9 restaurants)    

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