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Mr. Bibbs

2705 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA - (515) 243-0929
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 10:01:00 AM
Mr. Bibbs, a stark, open-kitchen sandwich shop in Des Moines' Highland Park neighborhood, has a full menu of hamburgers, hot dogs and even "guinea grinders" (the politically incorrect local term for Italian hero sandwiches), but we know nothing about any of these items. The two things we can tell you about are the tenderloin and the onion rings. There are four kinds of the former: regular (undressed), unbreaded (why bother?), chili-topped, and – best of all – deluxe. A double-wide loin, fairly thin as per Des Moines custom, comes perched atop a bed of shredded lettuce and garnished with pickle chips, chopped onions, sliced tomatoes, mustard and ketchup, all held together in a minimal burger bun by a wrap of wax paper.

Word to the wise: Dine at Mr. Bibb's either before 11am or after 1. During lunch hour, the few booths in the little shop are hopping with local high schoolers who come to palaver with each other as much as to eat.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Deluxe, indeed. The top-of-the-line tenderloin is sandwiched in a virtual salad of condiments.
"Deluxe, indeed. The top-of-the-line tenderloin is sandwiched in a virtual salad of condiments."
Michael Stern





Fragile, luscious, sweet and savory, Mr. Bibbs' onion rings are among the best.
"Fragile, luscious, sweet and savory, Mr. Bibbs' onion rings are among the best."
Michael Stern


It's not exactly a plush dining environment, but if you are looking for a great tenderloin, Mr. Bibbs belongs high on the list.
"It's not exactly a plush dining environment, but if you are looking for a great tenderloin, Mr. Bibbs belongs high on the list. "
Michael Stern


Des Moines-style tenderloin: thin, crisp, and double-wide
"Des Moines-style tenderloin: thin, crisp, and double-wide"
Michael Stern


At 10:30 in the morning, the parking area around Mr. Bibbs was empty. An hour later, the place was surrounded.
"At 10:30 in the morning, the parking area around Mr. Bibbs was empty. An hour later, the place was surrounded."
Michael Stern


There is only one state in America where you'll find this window-sign.
"There is only one state in America where you'll find this window-sign."
Michael Stern


Extreme crunchiness is an essential quality in Des Moines' best tenderloins.
"Extreme crunchiness is an essential quality in Des Moines' best tenderloins."
Michael Stern



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