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6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
+1 515-285-3552
11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 09:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Rice, gumbo, jambalaya. These are filling foods and when they taste as good as they do here big appetites are best. If you haven't been yet I suggest ordering the sampler plate appetizer for the table. That will give you the chance to try 4 popular dishes and see which you like before placing your order. Full selection of Abita... More 

Thank timiniowa
Newton, Iowa
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and i went with another couple. Friday night around 6:00pm. We were seated immediately. Literally the BEST cajun food I've had. My wife ordered the fried catfish. I ordered the 'Who Dat' Po Boy and cajun collard greens. Sandwich was amazing. Best collard greens I've ever eaten. A guy with an electric guitar was set up in the... More 

Thank kellybennett2016
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Discovered Fat Tuesday on a business trip and was so glad I did! Fried pickles, Cajun green beans, and jambalya. All fantastic! Interior is bright and festive, staff is helpful. Outside isn't much to look at but its what's inside that counts!

Thank Kent A
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Best Cajun I have had since visiting New Orleans. I understand they've been here seven years, and somehow this is the first time I've been to Fat Tuesday. It is a little hole-in-the-wall for sure, but the food was out-of-this-world delicious. The owners Steven and Maria were crazy friendly! I will definitely be back, and I suspect this place will... More 

Thank Steve T
Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

If you like home cooked Cajun food.... Fat Tuesday is a great place.... We started with the combo appetizers... Fabulous gumbo..and beans...and Etouffee..... Had the Catfish smothered with Etouffee and rice and the Breaded Catfish with Cajun fries... The catfish wasn't really breaded.... more of a cornmeal coating.... Make sure to ask for the Crack sauce.... (Tarter sauce....) Best fish... More 

1 Thank BudByrd
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Went to dinner with my mom, aunt, and my sister met us there. I got some complaints from my mom and aunt on the choice until we started eating! Knew i had made a great choice before that but the server truly perfected the evening! Fun and relaxed setting with amazing 🎶 music!!! Gumbo and jambalaya was so full of... More 

1 Thank Romele M
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113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

If you want good Cajun food in Des Moines, this is the place. The restaurant is small and easy to miss from the road. But the food is always good. My favorites are the Gumbo, blackened catfish, collard greens and green beans. The green beans have potatoes in them and a nice bite to them. My husband's favorite is the... More 

Thank Lisa C
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

When I was there we ate off of plastic plates and with plastic utensils. I had pulled pork and gumbo. It was nothing special but I will say that there isn't a lot of "cajun" type food in Des Moines so it made for a nice experience.

Thank Doug P
Colleyville, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

My husband and I were in Des Moines after a blizzard in Minneapolis so we were just staying overnight. Hotel recommended the restaurant and said it had great pie. So we tried a little bit of everything on an appetizer plate and everything was delicious. Red beans and rice was recommended by the waiter and it was by far the... More 

Thank MSRS2013
Hudson, IA
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219 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

The wait staff was very attentive and although the food came out in a bit of confused order it was delicious. I think they should redo the flooring as the Mrs and I both caught our foot a couple of times. The rest of the decor is what I'd call understated but yet just enough. We had the Appetizer Sampler... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cajun & Creole
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 09:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-285-3552

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?