Marias Mexican Food in Valley Junction

Maria’s Mexican Food in Valley Junction, West Des Moines Iowa

Adobado Tacos from Maria's Mexican Food in Valley Junction West Des Moines, Iowa

Maria’s is the latest place with the same menu and business plan as Abelardos. It has all the taqueria specialties, available at a counter or drive-thru, is open late, and very affordable. It should be noted that this original location is very bright, clean, well lit and service is better than the other places like it. It might seem beside the point, but Valley Junction has a long history of Mexican restaurants over the years, from the place on 5th St that was so busy back in the nineties to the Modern Mexican place in the 8th St strip back when that area was booming.

Location: 210 Grand Ave. in Valley Junction area of West Des Moines

Fried Tacos from Maria's Mexican Food in Valley Junction West Des Moines, Iowa

Online At: facebook page is HERE. They also do the online ordering service from sites I haven’t used yet.

 

Open Since: they moved in around 2017 after the Burger King closed.

Pollo Adobado from Maria's Mexican Food in Valley Junction West Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: the menu is almost exactly the same as Abelardos, with additions like jalapeno poppers dipped by hand, pork chops and carne asada steaks.

 

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Maria's Mexican Food in Valley Junction West Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

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Sabores De Mexico in Windsor Heights

Sabores De Mexico Taco Truck in Windsor Heights, Iowa

Sabores De Mexico is based in West Des Moines and serves at Sherwood Forest and local events.

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Al Pastor Tacos from Sabores De Mexico Taco Truck in Windsor Heights Iowa

Location: They are parked in the Sherwood Forest shopping center at the corner of 73rd and Hickman.

Active since: summer 2016

Specialties: tacos, nachos.

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Sabores De Mexico Taco Truck in Windsor Heights Iowa

El Rey Burritos in West Des Moines

El Rey Burrito in West Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1310 Grand Ave in West Des Moines

El Rey is a family run Mexican restaurant that has been serving in three different locations on Grand Avenue in West Des Moines. They used to be in a strip mall next to a Blockbuster Video, then in another strip mall further down the road.

Active since: at least fifteen years now, its been a while.

Sopes 2 El Rey Burritos in West Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: their menu lists a website with a url that does not work.

Specialties: they made their name with a giant burrito named “Rey Rey”.

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El Rey Burritos in West Des Moines, Iowa

 

Lina’s Mexican Restaurant on SE 14th St

Lina’s Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa.

The old Sonic Drive-In location became the first Des Moines location for Lina’s Mexican Restaurant. They also have locations in Wichita and Omaha. This location has fixtures left behind from both Sonic and a short lived bbq placed that tried this location. There are two dining areas, a patio is open in the summer.

Adobado plate Linas Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 5959 SE 14th St in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: facebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linas-Mexican-Restaurant/167297940070404

Specialties: while the menu is almost exactly the same as Abelardo’s, they are some differences like free chips, two kind of queso dip, or sopes on special.

Beef Tacos Linas Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Active Since: These guys appeared a few years after Abelardos and have been here at least since 2012.

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Linas Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

La Familia Taco Co on 6th Ave.

Tacos La Familia on 6th Ave in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaTacoCo/

Barbacoa Tacos from La Familia Taco Co in Des Moines, Iowa

Active Since: September 2016

Specialties: Their menu refers to the place as a “Casa de Barbacoa”, and they serve some odd items like barbecue ribs or chicken wings, plus a full breakfast served mornings.

Chilaquiles from La Familia Taco Co in Des Moines, Iowa

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La Familia Taco Co in Des Moines, Iowa

El Salvadoreño Restaurante on 2nd Ave

El Salvadoreño Restaurante on 2nd Ave in Des Moines, Iowa

I guess Mi Rinconcito Mexicano didn’t last long and now this space has a pupusa place inside.

Yucca Frita El Salvadoreño Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: in the space vacated by Mi Rinconcito Mexicano and the tamale place before that at 2728 2nd Ave.

Plantain Breakfast Desayuno El Salvadoreño Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Active Since: September 2016

Specialties: pupusas, breakfasts and daily specials like fried fish or shrimp.

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El Salvadoreño Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

 

La Ventura Tortas Y Antojitos on NE 14th

La Ventura Tortas Y Antojitos Taco Truck in Des Moines Iowa

This truck just appeared on NE 14th, and I think they came from Northern Iowa. The menu hints at lots of items but its all crossed off when I visit.

Location: Next to the Star station at 4028 NE 14th St

Suadero Tacos from La Ventura Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Active Since: at least September 2016.

Specialties: the menu teases you with stuff crossed out or out of stock, but I had Suadero beef tacos and other people were getting tortas.

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La Ventura Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa