El Rincon Catracho 2 on Hull Ave

Just round the way from their first location, in the old Snusville neighborhood, the people running the first Honduran restaurant have opened a new one. This one has a larger kitchen, seating space, and a sound system that can fit a musical act or karaoke maybe.

 

Active Since: they opened this location September 2019.

 

Pollo con Tajadas, Chicken with Plantains from El Rincon Catracho 2 in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Location: 910 Hull Ave in a space that has seen many tenants over the years.

 

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

 

Honduran Enchiladas from El Rincon Catracho 2 in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Specialties: The Honduran food from the old location is here, along with a big selection of the usual Mexican food found in many places around town. They have soups and specials on weekends.

 

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El Rincon Catracho 2 in Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

Tacos La Papa on E. 14th

Tacos La Papa Tacos Bus in Des Moines, Iowa

 

These people used to run a truck on MLK Blvd a few years ago. They recently took over the big green bus with the MEXICAN FOOD sign on a busy corner on East 14th St.

 

Burrito from Tacos La Papa in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Location: 1111 E 14th on the corner at University near East High School.

 

Active Since: This bus was run by people calling themselves Tacos Maya, but since summer 2018 it has been Tacos La Papa, who used to run a truck.

 

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Birria Tacos from Tacos La Papa in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Specialties: Birria tacos are the specialty, but there are the usual meats and tacos and burritos.

 

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Tacos La Papa in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Taqueria Plateros on Hubbell Ave

Taqueria Plateros Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

 

This place started selling gorditas here this spring.

 

Different gorditas from Taqueria Plateros in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 1824 Hubbell Ave

 

Open Since: Spring 2019

 

Al Pastor Tacos from Taqueria Plateros in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: facebook page is HERE

 

Specialties: they have gorditas with many filling to choose from

 

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Menu Taqueria Plateros in Des Moines, Iowa

Tortillería Luna on Hubbell Ave

Tortillería Luna Mexican Grocery Store and Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Tortillería Luna took over this building earlier in 2018. Their specialty is fresh tortillas made in the giant tortilla machine in the area where previous tenants would seat diners. They sell tortillas, a small selection of groceries, and daily lunch specials.

Asado de Puerco stewed pork from Tortillería Luna in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 2250 Hubbell Ave in a restaurant space with high turnover over the past several years.

 

Online at: Facebook Page is HERE.

 

Open Since: I think they have been at this location since May 2018

Costillas en Salsa Verde Pork Rib bits in Green Salsa from Tortillería Luna in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: daily special is Menudo on weekends, but varies during the week. Check the menu to make sure they have what you want. Served with rice and beans for eight dollars cash only.

 

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Tortillería Luna in Des Moines, Iowa

 

 

 

Panaderia Y Restaurante Salvadoreño La Ventura on East Grand

Panaderia Y Restaurante Salvadoreño La Ventura in Des Moines, Iowa

 

The old Peruvian restaurant is gone and the people who ran La Ventura truck and the cafe near Drake have been operating from this location for a few months now

Pupusas from Panaderia Y Restaurante Salvadoreño La Ventura

Location: 1704 E Grand in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Online at: facebook page is HERE.

 

Active Since: Fall 2018

Mojarra Frita from Panaderia Y Restaurante Salvadoreño La Ventura

Specialties: there are pupusas every day, and half the menu is not available on any given day but they do have daily specials.

 

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Out with the old, In with the New, Unnamed Mexican Salvadoran Restaurant in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos Villanueva on East Grand

Tacos Villanueva Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Location: 1601 E University Ave in Des Moines, Iowa

Tacos Villanueva was parked on East Grand for a few years, and now they are around the corner from Williams Stadium on East University since 2016.

Al Pastor Tacos from Tacos Villanueva in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Last Spotted: summer 2018

 

Specialties: tacos

 

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Tacos Villanueva Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria Express on East University

Taqueria Express Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Taqueria Express was parked on 2nd Ave a few years ago and now they are serving on East Grand.

 

Last Spotted: Summer 2018

 

Location: 1640 E University Ave.

Al Pastor Tacos from Taqueria Expess Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: Facebook page is HERE.

Specialties: Al pastor tacos are nice

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Taqueria Express Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Taco Loco on East University

Taco Loco Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Location: beside the day care center at 1520 E University

Nachos from Taco Loco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Online at: one facebook page is HERE.

 

Active since: they have been working out of the truck or physical locations for at least ten years now, including the old Tops Steakhouse building and parking the truck downtown in previous summers.

Flour Tacos from Taco Loco Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: Tacos

 

Last Spotted: Summer 2018

 

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Taco Loco Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

 

Tacos Talpa on SE 14th St

Tacos Talpa Taco Truck in Des Moines, Iowa

This truck popped up in the spot where Antojitos Mexicanos DF was parked last year.

Birria Tacos from Tacos Talpa in Des Moines, Iowa

Location: 4200 SE 14th St in an empty car lot.

Active Since: Spring 2017

Asada Steak Tacos from Tacos Talpa in Des Moines, Iowa

Specialties: cabeza and birria tacos.

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Tacos Talpa in 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