Mi Rinconcito Mexicano on 2nd Ave

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines Iowa

Location: 2728 2nd Ave in Des Moines

Mulitas from Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Rinconcito Mexicano opened in March off 2016 in a half hidden spot that has had many tenants over the years. At least one Greek, BBQ, Soul Food, and American food spot has opened and closed here, and Tamales Industry is probably the only one to stay open and move to a better spot.

Carne Asada Steak Huarache from Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Des Moines, Iowa

Active: March 2016 to around June 2016

Online at: facebook page was here: https://www.facebook.com/mirinconmex/

Huevos Mexicanos Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: open for breakfast and homemade tortillas and huaraches.

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Mi Rinconcito Mexicano in Des Moines
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La Costeñita on East Grand

La Costeñita Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

La Costeñita recently opened and they don’t quite have a menu as of when I visited. They have salvadoran, honduran, and mexican dishes listed on a board. The sign says family restaurant, and they don’t quite have their systems organized in the kitchen so food takes forever to come out.

Closed Since: Early 2015

Pollo con tajadas from La Costeñita Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1704 E. Grand Ave in space previously occupied by Taqueria Jalisco and a seafood place.

Specialties: meats with fried bananas on the side, pupusas and baleadas.

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Window Menu La Costeñita Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Las 3 Lulu’s Tacos on Hubbel Ave.

Sopes from Las 3 Lulu's Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Las 3 Lulu’s Tacos in Des Moines Iowa

Las 3 Lulu’s Tacos opened and closed soon after in a store that used to be a Mexican clothing store. They had renovated the interior to be a restaurant and now the space is an African restaurant.

Location: 2250 Hubbel Ave.

Closed Since: Spring 2015

Specialties: taqueria food like tacos and sopes

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Las 3 Lulu's Tacos in Des Moines, Iowa

Marthas Cookery on East 14th

Martha’s Cookery on East 14th St in Des Moines, Iowa

Martha’s Cookery changed management several times in a few years and served Mexican and American food. The name was terrible and the sign was cheap and nothing about the place really made any sense. I only made it here once and I didn’t make it back with my camera. The space is now occupied by El Rincon Catracho Honduran Restaurant

One Dollar Tacos from Marthas Cookery in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 3310 E 14th St.

Closed since: El Rincon Catracho took over in the fall of 2014.

Specialties: one dollar tacos were the cheapest in town.

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Marthas Cookery in Des Moines, Iowa

Flamingo Mexican Restaurant on Easton

Flamingo Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Flamingo or El Flamingo was open for a while in the half hidden old building on Easton between some busier streets.

Location: 1850 Easton Blvd.

Flamingo Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Closed Since: I was last there in Fall of 2014.

Specialties: they made fresh tortillas to order and had some seafood dishes.

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Puerco Guisado con Chile Rojo at Flamingo Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

El Cafecito Panederia on East University

El Cafecito Panederia y Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1130 E 9th St Ste G

Pambazo from El Cafecito Bakery Panaderia in Des Moines, Iowa

Last spotted: the store is still there but I haven’t seem them open for a long time.

Specialties: they had mexican baked goods like croissants with pineapple candy inside and tacos and tortas and the picture is a pambazo sandwich.

Previous location: they used to be in a strip mall in the Highland Park neighborhood.

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Pambazo from El Cafecito Bakery Panaderia in Des Moines, Iowa

La Tejanita on Euclid Avue

La Tejanita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

La Tejanita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

La Tejanita was open for the summer of 2014 in the parking lot of a Honda motorcycle dealership.

Location: 1603 Euclid on the North side of Des Moines

Bacon wrapped hot dogs from La Tejanita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Last Spotted: summer 2014

Specialties: bacon wrapped hot dog and El Paso style floutas that were like rolled tacos drowned in salsa topped with shredded cheese.

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La Tejanita Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa