A couple of years ago a took a class on ethnic groups in Iowa through the Iowa Geographic Alliance. We toured all over and around Des Moines. We stopped at churches and religious centers and stores and even ate in restaurants owned by recent immigrants from various countries. One of my favorite stops was a Mexican grocery store in the shadow of the state capitol called La Tapatia. It’s a great store and has become our source for several different things. We especially consider it our source for all mango products. We love their mango juice and mango gelatin.
It’s also interesting because it has an almost exclusively a Hispanic clientele. As a result you face walls of labels in Spanish. The hand lettered signs are in Spanish. It’s also my source for many unique things that are hard to find like headcheese and even chicken feet which they promise they have them sometimes, we haven’t yet found there.
I recommend anyone who comes to Des Moines would enjoy a visit. It’s about 2 blocks from the state capitol. Find
the McDonalds closest to the capital and look on the opposite corner of the block. Unfortunately it’s on a strange lot on the street so GPS directions may not work out well so look sharp!
UPDATE: A few more Hispanic stores have opened up closer to where I live, but honestly none of them are as nice as La Tapatia in Des Moines. La Tapatia has not created an online presence, but the automatically created Google plus page includes an address and map and a few more endorsements from other people.
This is the second in the series of the additional top 2o posts I’m resharing.
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