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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.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Latin, Ecuadorean
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, 有泊車位, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 14 November 2020

We love the Ecuadorian cuisine! Friendly staff! We regularly get appetizers and enjoy the potato, vegetable and meats.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 October 2020

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

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 27 July 2020 via mobile

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

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 18 February 2020 via mobile

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

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 February 2020

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.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

Very good food. Excellent local site for families. Prices reasonable. I have eaten there several times and have not been disappointed

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 6 November 2019

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

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 12 October 2019

We are loyal TA followers. 9 times out of 10...TA is right on the money. This was the #10. Super dissapointed. 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. BUT---no crema? 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. Prices reasonable. Can't believe this is the #1 rated place in town. We would have been better off to go to a chain...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 12 October 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 9 October 2019

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

Date of visit: October 2019
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10 April 2016|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
That may be correct. I would not think an Ecuadorian restaurant would be required to serve only Ecuadorian originated dishes.
16 November 2015|
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Response from MichaelA804 | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn't expect a problem, but it is a good idea, none the less, to have a table.
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