4345 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA 50310-3352

Flying Mango

Neighborhoods: Beaverdale
Cuisine: Creole, Cajun, Desserts

Flying Mango is a Creole, Cajun, and Desserts restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal, paid between $10 and $25, and tipped more than 18%.

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"Food and drink were good as any restaurant"
"Service was incredibly rude to my guests"
  • 3/16/2018

    A Creole chowhound from Des Moines, IA tried it, didn't like it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Food and drink were good as any restaurant
    Service was incredibly rude to my guests
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 Des Moines, IA

A neighborhood Gem

Carol and I are Foodies and newcomers to Iowa from the Chicago area, and we have been actively researching area restaurants to identify our replacement favorites ever since we moved here in April. The Flying Mango is now certainly among our favorites.

Our nephew, Ross, joined us and it was our first time here and we could smell that this was a Smokehouse type of restaurant. We were greeted with a very friendly face and led to the Big Room with about 20 tables with very colorful and tasteful pictures hung all along the walls. There was also some nice “toe-tappin” background music which wasn’t too loud to affect our conversation.

The menu was certainly a unique blend of grilled and spicy Caribbean delicacies with a wonderful collection of specialty beers, and an adequate selection of wines.

Smoked Brisket

For appetizers, we were enticed into ordering the “Bag of Bones” selection. What we received was a small brown paper bag with enough rib sections, prepared Memphis style, to satisfy me and Ross.

I ordered something I had never tried before, the 24-hour Smoked Brisket with mixed vegetables and spiced apples finished with a glass of their Pinot Noir. For presentation, I spied on my plate a colorful medley of the vegetables along side two thickly sliced cuts of nicely barbequed brisket with a small bowl of the Spiced Apples. The brisket I found to be flavorful but a little too dry for my taste. There was a lot of fat in the brisket (not unusual) which no longer moistened the meat. The Pinot was perfect with the brisket and very drinkable. The spiced apples were cooked perfectly in a wonderfully tasting sauce. Ross tried the Shrimp Creole which he said had a nice spicy flavor, generous shrimp, and he would certainly order it again.

We finished out our meal by splitting the Southwestern Chocolate Cake with a distinctive Red frosting design (pepper shape) on the top. I thought the flavor was wonderful with a light, not too sweet, chocolate flavor with a touch of a bite to it. Wonderful !!

The prices are very fair for the value received and the service was a little slow at the beginning but then very attentive the rest of the evening. We will certainly be back to try other items on this very interesting menu.

Creole Cajun Desserts
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