Flying Mango

BBQ Joint and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Beaverdale, Des Moines
  • Ranked #3 for BBQ joints in Des Moines
  • Mike S.
    "AMAZING FOOD! Get the 24 hr brisket."(17 Tips)
    Jill F.
    "Order the 24 Hour Beef Brisket with Corn Bread and Corn on the Cob"(9 Tips)
    Michael B.
    "Cowboy beans."(3 Tips)
    Erik R.
    "Orange BBQ ribs"(8 Tips)
46 Tips and reviews
  • brisket
  • cornbread
  • ribs
  • catfish
  • cowboy beans
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  • Curtis G.
    Curtis GJune 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Brisket is the best I've ever had.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CarleyFebruary 6, 2016
    Everything is awesome, but the ribs and brisket would compete against any city in the world.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Cajan catfish ever.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJanuary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    24 hr beef brisket, Cajan Catfish and BBQ ribs. To die for.
  • Vanessa H.
    Vanessa HowellNovember 13, 2015
    The food smelled better than it tasted and too pricey!
  • Jessie C.
    Jessie ChristensenSeptember 11, 2015
    If you can catch their catfish cakes on special, get them. Otherwise, everything here is awesome.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 10, 2015
    Don't let the plain outside appearance fool you. The food inside is not to be missed.
  • Neil R.
    Neil RobertsJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Their collard greens are fantastic
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 9, 2015
    Quite possibly the best restaurant in all of Iowa. The Orange BBQ ribs are incredible appetizer and the Louisiana platter was amazing! I wish I ordered more cornbread to go!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsFebruary 20, 2015
    Check out Flying Mango as it was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for Southern spot cooking up all the classics, from ribs and red beans and rice to catfish cakes and collards Read more
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SFebruary 17, 2015
    Take your parents here when they're visiting from out of town and you want to convince them that you can make good life choices! It's all so good so everyone order something different!
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline MartinJanuary 17, 2015
    This place is amazing!!!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beyond reproach on food and ambiance
  • Amanda I.
    Amanda IrishAugust 14, 2014
    Amazing food and drinks. Very accommodating of my gluten free dietary needs.
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.August 7, 2014
    Great atmosphere! Perfect for a romantic date, an intimate dinner with friends, or a private event!
  • Keith K.
    Keith K.June 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Food was great. Pleasantly surprised.
  • Allison G.
    Allison GillApril 6, 2014
    The brisket is fucking amazing.
  • Miranda A.
    Cajun catfish is good. So are the mixed veggies. And the cornbread is tasty. The long islands aren't so bad either.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DonovanMarch 6, 2014
    I had ribs, sweet potato patty, and fire roasted apple slices.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockFebruary 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Without a doubt one of the finest restaurants anywhere
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SchützFebruary 8, 2014
    Amazing brisket! Small non-chain restaurant.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WDecember 24, 2013
    Awesome!! Try anything. The ribs were amazing. The brisket too.
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KociskyAugust 2, 2013
    Pretty disappointed. Overpriced, and thought the service would be better. Try someplace else first.
  • Orfeas K.
    Orfeas KetchelosJuly 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Chicken from the other side. The potato of the day is great but substitute it with their side salad and honey mustard dressing! 😋🍴
  • Łukasz A.
    Łukasz AleksanderJuly 10, 2013
    Easily some of the best BBQ I've had and will ever have in my life. The sausage is the best thing on the menu, 50/50 beef pork mix, melt in your mouth tender. Don't take Amex tho
  • Curtis G.
    Curtis GJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    3 bbq plater with andouille , ribs, and brisket. Side of corn bread. Great combo. Also a large selection of beer
  • Miriam D.
    Miriam De DiosMarch 14, 2013
    Well my chicken was dry and chewy and the mashed potatoes were bland, but otherwise the atmosphere and house sauce was good! Wine was delish!
  • Mike S.
    Mike St. ClairNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    AMAZING FOOD! Get the 24 hr brisket. Of you're lucky enough to be here on a night when they serve the smoked Gouda Mac & cheese, it is LIFE CHANGING.
  • Clayton M.
    Clayton MastersOctober 20, 2012
    Best restaurant we've been to since moving to DSM
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonJune 24, 2012
    Try the 24-Hour Beef Brisket - Tender smoked brisket with sweet potato/ginger/jalapeno mash cake & corn bread.
  • Kim J.
    Kim JMay 27, 2012
    Apparently we should have ordered the bbq because the shrimp and chicken dish were less than impressive. Corn bread was awesome tho.
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺January 21, 2012
    You will not regret ordering the 24 hour smoked brisket! Make sure to call for a reservation a couple days ahead or risk a long wait crammed into the small entry way. They need more space to work with
  • Sierra H.
    Sierra HasselDecember 31, 2011
    Best Food Ever!(:
  • Sage H.
    Sage HasselDecember 31, 2011
  • Jarian G.
    Jarian GibsonNovember 20, 2011
    Great food! Very yummy! Try the cornbread.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BirdNovember 5, 2011
    Ribs. Cowboy beans. Cheddar mashed. Done. Nice people. Great food. Smells awesome even a block away
  • Ray J.
    Ray Jr.October 15, 2011
    the 24 hour beef brisket is yum-e!
  • David S.
    David SlinkerSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cowboy Beans!!!!!! Yeah mon.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineSeptember 13, 2011
    Try the famed 24-hour brisket. Read how's made: Read more
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KAugust 18, 2011
    Delicious! Not a bad choice on the menu
  • Lindsay R.
    Lindsay RockwellMay 13, 2011
    Best andouille ever!
  • Del B.
    Del BoogsDecember 18, 2010
    Brisket and cowboy beans damn! Steamed mussels in hot sauce were diggity
  • Jodie
    JodieNovember 6, 2010
    Have your man get the big chop!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BrudtkuhlApril 17, 2010
    Best brisket you can get. Don't forget the side of cornbread
  • diane
    dianeFebruary 4, 2010
    Order a side of cornbread for dessert. Trust me.
  • Jill F.
    Jill FlemingJanuary 5, 2010
    Go to Flying Mango - Order the 24 Hour Beef Brisket with Corn Bread and Corn on the Cob - Beef Brisket Sandwich is excellent and more economical too Read more
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