Taqueria 2 Hermanas on East 14th St

Tacos de Pollo Chicken Tacos from Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria 2 Hermanas Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location:  3100 E. 14th St. in Des Moines in parking lot beside grocery store.

Taqueria 2 Hermanas served next to a Mexican grocery store just north of Grand View University for a few years before selling the truck to Taqueria Los Pinos.

Closed since: late 2015

Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: tacos with toppings like carne asada or al pastor pork.

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Taqueria 2 Hermanas in Des Moines, Iowa
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Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria on East 14th

Sopes Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Mi Tierra may have been the first place in Des Moines to really specialize in the Mexican Anotjitos. Its at least the first place I found in Des Moines to have its own dedicated antojitos menu. Their entree menu was interesting as well.

Location: 1100 E 14th St

Closed Since: I last visited in January of 2014. The building later held a Jamaican restaurant among others before it was razed in early 2017

Huarache from Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: They served sopes, gorditas, tacos de canasta, and picaditas with fillings that changed regularly.

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Mi Tierra Restaurant & Taqueria in Des Moines, Iowa

La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria on East Hubbel Ave.

La Cuscatleca Restaurant & Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

La Cuscatleca had operated a pupusa truck on 2nd Ave before opening up a restaurant on Hubbel. They might have another location in the works.

La Cuscatleca Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1832 East Hubbel Ave in Des Moines

Online at: https://www.facebook.com/lacuscatlecadmi

Pupusas from La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria & Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Open since: this location has been open since 2013, but the truck has been open longer.

Nuegados from La Cuscatleca: Pupuseria & Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: pupusas and salvadoran dishes like yuca frita or nuegados.

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Antojitos Salvadoreños from La Cuscatleca Pupuseria in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi on East 9th St.

Gorditas from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Gorditas Rosi has been serving gorditas beside a laundromat for a couple years now. They updated their graphics in the summer of 2015.

Location: 901 East University Ave

Active Since: At least 2013

Trozo de Puerco Tacos from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa

Last Spotted: Spring 2017

Specialties: gorditas and tacos with filling like slow cooked pork in green salsa with cactus.

Online at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gorditas-Rosi/322803454526599

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Menu from Gorditas Rosi in Des Moines, Iowa

Paleteria La Michoacana on East Grand

Paleteria La Michoacana in Des Moines, Iowa

Paleteria La Michoacana Ice Cream in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1600 E Grand in La Placita shopping center

Active since: they have been here for several years, maybe as long as the shopping center when it was built in the mexican modernist style after the old buildings were torn down.

Online at: faceebook page is here https://www.facebook.com/Paleteria-La-Michoacana-121421807915749/

When you see a paleteria with the name La Michoacana and the classic pink and white color scheme you are visiting a part of a gigantic network of informal franchises serving paletas from the Mexican state of Michoacana. This is one of the biggest food operations in the world, and these places are spreading and growing everywhere. Its a paleta world and we are just living in it.

Carne Asada fries from Paleteria La Michoacana in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialty: mexican popsicles known as paletas, they have a huge menu of mexican snacks like doritos locos or french fries with crazy topping like pickled onions and candy.

Tocas de Nopal, or cactus tacos:

Nopal Tacos from Cactus  from Paleteria La Michoacana in Des Moines, Iowa

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Paleteria La Michoacana in Des Moines, Iowa

La Rosa on Forest Ave

La Rosa Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

La Rosa Restaurant, Taqueria Y Tamaleria in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2312 Forest Ave in the Drake Neighborhood

Last open: I last ate their in January of 2014, but it has opened for short periods since about 2012.

Specialty: I liked the chilaquiles and the gorditas, but the best seller was tamales.

Chilaquiles con carne from La Rosa Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines.

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La Rosa Mexican Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos La Barca

La Barca Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos La Barca Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: behind Casey’s General Store at corner of NE 14th St and Euclid, between Dollar General and the Laundromat.

Precious Location: Behind tire store at 3301 E 14th St, current location of Tacos El Asadero.

Last spotted: Summer 2015.

Birria Tacos from La Barca Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialty: Birria Tacos, tortillas dipped in birria juice and browned to orange color on grill.

Active Since: at least 2010 in Des Moines

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La Barca Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa