MALO, another fine offering from George Formaro and Orchestrate Hospitality, is Des Moines’ destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America.
Pictured in yesterday’s post are the Hemingway Special and the Cubans and Coffee dessert.
- Hemingway Special: Captain Morgan white rum, Luxardo (Maraschino liqueur), grapefruit juice and lime juice. [$8] I had to try this because when my dad was in Cuba he went to Hemingway’s home.
- El Jefe margarita: Tortilla Blanco Tequila, Juarez Triple Sec, lime agua fresca [$5] comes in the shaker to pour 2-2.5 drinks.
- $5 tacos. Perfect size for a light dinner. Many variations of which I’ve tried the Chile Relleno, and Grilled Skirt Steak. Both excellent!
- The pièce de résistance, Cubans and Coffee. Chocolate cigars rolled in cocoa and served with coffee gelato. [$8] OH EM GEE. While I prefer vanilla over chocolate, I tried this because I used to smoke Cubans (until the shop got busted) and drink coffee like a madman.
Located in the historic Fire Station #1 and within walking distance of D’jango , Raccoon River Brewery, and Akebono, their bar is well appointed with plenty of seating. There’s also plenty of seating in the restaurant and on the patio. MALO has a late night happy hour, the details of which escape me.
Must. Get. Coffee.