Mullets is a great place to kick back and have a fun family meal. It has a lot to offer for anyone looking for informal dining. There is the “rooftop” eating area (actually more like a platform) with the best view in the city, a bar, several dining areas, and a wide variety of food, ranging from frog legs and crawfish to burgers and poboys, with pizzas, tacos, and dozens of other selections thrown in to make sure that there is something for everyone. The overall theme sort of hard to pin down exactly, but I think they are shooting for a southern catfish shack. Throw in the only place I know of that serves up bluegill in Des Moines and some Cajun spices and breaded and fried crawdads and you are starting to get a feel for what this place is all about. The mullet itself is both a fish and the redneck hairstyle and both get equal treatment. The owners like to play off the hairstyle theme with a bulletin board of various photos showing the Mullet “business in the front and party in the back hairstyle.”
The best rooftop patio view in the City makes it worth the trip as well. Situated at the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, just across from Principal Park the entire downtown skyline is laid out before every diner, with plenty of windows for anybody who stays inside.
The food itself is decidedly of the diner type, with not only the dishes I mentioned but also various burgers, sliders, sandwiches, and Italian sausage or grinders served on hoagie buns. There is also a large selection of Poboys made of just about any sort of meat you can imagine, other than ‘gator. Maybe gator is hiding on that large menu somewhere. Finally, there are a handful of entrees (bluegill, shrimp, chicken, scallops, and catfish) and even some specialty pizzas. I tried the catfish and it was fried perfectly. This is a place to kick back, relax, and have fun with family and friends.
Mullets is described as a creation of Underdogs Incorporated, a sister company of Full Court Press. It is my understanding from some recent articles in the Register that the ownership is expanded to cover long-term employees of Full Court Press businesses.
1300 SE 1st
Des Moines, IA 50315
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 11am til’ close
Saturday – 7am til’ close
Sunday – 7am til’ 10pm
closed (at least midnight)
Mon-Thurs: 11am til’ 10pm
Friday: 11am til’ midnight
Saturday: 7am til midnight
Sunday: 7am til’ 10pm
Mon: Hot beef sandwich $5.96
Tues: Nachos $6.00
Wed: Big Mullet with side $5.00
Thurs: two-topping pizza & domestic pitcher $13.00
Fri: all you can eat beer battered fish with fries and slaw $7.95