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Fresh turnover stuffed with your choice of either beef, chicken or cheese
Perfectly cooked baby potatoes sautéed with Ecuadorian style chicharron, green onions and cilantro, tossed with mozzarella cheese.
Picadillo de Hornado
Roasted, lean and tender pulled pork served with potato patties, white corn, fava beans and ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Yuca
Delicious yucca patty stuffed with cheese, topped with ensalada criolla.
Tortilla de Verde con Ensalada Criolla
Savory plantain patty stuffed with perfectly seasoned beef and vegetables, topped with ensalada criolla.
Potato patties stuffed with cheese, topped with warm peanut sauce (contains peanuts).
Patacones con Queso
Fried green plantain served with a slice of fresh cheese
Prices vary from $8.99 to $11.99
Sandwich de Hornado
Oven roasted pulled pork served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce and ensalada criolla, accompanied by a side of fries
Sandwich de Bistec
Ecuadorian-style *steak served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, sliced tomatoes, avocado and crisp lettuce, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Pollo Asado
Grilled, marinated chicken breast, served on a toasted ciabatta bun with mayo, lettuce, tomato, and onions, accompanied by a side of fries.
Sandwich de Tilapia
Lightly breaded tilapia fillet, pan-fried to perfection, served on a ciabatta bun topped with shrimp ceviche, lettuce and avocado, accompanied by a side of fries
Prices vary from $10.99 to $16.99
Camarones al Ajillo
Large shrimp sautéed with hot peppers, simmered in a house special sauce, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, slices of tomato and patacones.
A medley of shrimp, crab legs, clams, mussels, and vegetables, cooked then tossed with yellow rice and garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Large shrimp, lightly breaded and fried, served with lentil rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado and fried ripe plantain.
Arroz con Camarones
Shrimp and vegetables tossed with yellow rice, garnished with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Flavorful tilapia lightly breaded then pan-fried golden, served with lentil rice, lettuce, patacones, avocado and ensalada criolla.
Ceviche de Pescado
Fresh fish marinated in lime juice, served with onions, tomatoes, green peppers, and cilantro, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Ceviche de Camaron
Succulent cooked shrimp served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers tossed in a savory citrus-based juice, garnished with toasted corn, served with a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
A mouthwatering combination of cooked shrimp, fresh fish, and clams, served with tomatoes, onions and green peppers, tossed in a citrus-based juice garnished with toasted corn, accompanied by a side of patacones and steamed white rice.
Prices vary from $9.99 to $24.99
* Indicates items may be cooked to order
*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lentil menestra, patacones and ensalada criolla.
Costillas a la Brasa
Tender and succulent spareribs, infused with traditional Ecuadorian flavors, slow cooked, finished a la brasa, served with steamed white rice, ensalada criolla, lentil menestra and sweet ripe plaintains.
Grilled *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, avocado, bean menestra, fried egg and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Hornado con Mote
Slow roasted marinated pulled pork, served with white corn, steamed white rice, delicious potato patty and ensalada criolla.
Arroz con Pollo
Rice mixed with a medley of pulled chicken and vegetables, served with slices of fried ripe plantain.
Beef strips, Green peppers, onions and tomatoes sautéed with a signature sauce, mixed with fries, served with steamed white rice, lettuce, avocado, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Fritada con Mote
Marinated pork tips served with white corn, steamed white rice, bean menestra, slices of fried ripe plantain and ensalada criolla.
Bistec de Carne
Ecuadorian style *steak served with steamed white rice, lettuce, patacones and slices of avocado.
For the adventurous: traditional beef tripe stew simmered in our signature mani sauce with diced vegetables and potatoes, served with steamed white rice, sliced avocado and sweet ripe plantains
Seco de Pollo
Chicken stewed with vegetables, served with yellow rice, lettuce, and slices of fried ripe plantain.
Prices vary from $2.50 to $3.00
Menestra (beans or lentils)
Fried Ripe Plantains
Prices vary from $4.99 to $6.99
Smooth and silky flan topped with delicious caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Coconut Fried Banana with Ice Cream
Perfectly ripened banana strips dipped in our own delicious, sweetened coconut breading, fried to a crunchy golden brown and accompanied by creamy vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate syrup, garnished with a fresh strawberry… It’s delicious.
Arroz con leche
You must try our savory sweet, warm spiced rice pudding… Just like mom used to make
ALL KID MEALS ARE $5.99 (For kids under 12 only please)
In March 2011 "Mi Patria" opened becoming the first and only Ecuadorian restaurant in Des Moines. Owner Cesar Miranda (Ecuadorian) with more than fifteen years of experience in the restaurant business, accomplished his dream by bringing the aromas and flavors of his country to Des Moines. A customer of the restaurant stated, "I never imagined finding an Ecuadorian restaurant in Iowa". This gives us an idea of the challenges Cesar Miranda encountered. Before opening the restaurant, Cesar and his wife Delilah exploited every opportunity to prepare, serve and sell their dishes in the different festivals and fairs in the area. They attended World Food Festivals for over four years in Des Moines.…
Picked up carry out from Mi Patria on Saturday night. Everytime we eat here we ask ourselves why we don't take the time to eat here more often. Food is fantastic everytime. The staff is friendly, the food is hot and full of flavor. This...restaurant is one of the best.More
This is the hidden gem that you hope you will find by exploring.
I started with Papa Serrana (small fried potatoes with crispy pork and mozzarella cheese), then moved on to Hornado con Mote (pulled pork, fried potato, rice, corn and salad). The portions could...feed two people. The flavors were new to me; very tasty...slightly salty. The prices were very modest. Looks like a place for the locals. If you are passing through Des Moines, definitely worth stopping by.More
This was our first Ecuadorian cuisine experience. We were given a red rose at the door for Valentines Day. The staff was very friendly and helped us decide on our food. We shared the meat plate for two. There was a good quantity of food....The taste is unique and delicious.
The price was very reasonable for the quality and quantity we received.More
We started going 10 years ago and the menu has gotten larger and mixed with different types of fares, our favorites beef empanadas, papas serranos, tilapia ciabatta with patacones, arroz con pollo with fried ripe plantains, simply delicious.
this was recommended by a friend so we thought we would try it.
when we arrived, there was almost nobody in there. that should have been a clue
we ordered what the waitress recommended which was a shrimp dish.
my wife wouldnt even eat it....i ate it but added a lot of rice to cut the taste.
not our cup of tea ...sorryMore
We are loyal TA followers. 9 times out of 10...TA is right on the money. This was the #10.
Came here b/c Triple D was here in 2014. In the 5 years since then, not sure what has happened.
Service was marginal at...best (although very friendly). My linen napkin was dirty...got a new one.
Drinks were okay.
Beef Empanadas were very good.
The 2 entree's seemed dumbed down for the American audience in Iowa. No insult intended to Iowans...but this was closer to Mexican than it was Ecuador.
Pork tidbits WAY overcooked.
Plantains WAY undercooked. Usually my favorite part of a meal...but they were almost raw.
Again---friendly staff----but SLOW.
Can't believe this is the #1 rated place in town.
We would have been better off to go to a chain...More
This was the first time I tried Ecuadorian food. I didn’t have to wait to get seated; the people there were very nice, the food was ready in minutes and it was delicious. A must-try if you’re in Des Moines.
I have eaten my share of salads when dining out in this area as I am gluten free and have some additional food allergies. Not here! I was able to partake of several appetizers as well as entrees. The flan, at the end of our...meal, was delicious. Spending my money locally is important to me and not getting sick when eating out is a big plus. The staff couldn’t have been nicer. We’ll go back!More