It’s Time To Vote Tacopocalypse!

It’s time again to vote Tacopocalypse for all the things in the 2015 Cityview Best Of Des Moines.  Last year we walked with Best New Restaurant, Best Burrito, and runner up Best $5 Lunch.  This year there are some new categories, and you should consider voting for the taco spot that defies categories for some of those…uh, categories…



-Taco Pastorius

Special Events and Schedule for December (And February)!

Taco Lovers,

We are in the thick of the holiday season, no doubt. That means one thing: SPECIAL SCHEDULES!

There will be two special dinners here at Tacopocalypse during December:

KrunkFish Prix Fixe Dinner
December 16, 2014 6pm

An evening of seafood prepared by the chefs of Tacopocalypse. 6 courses with a complimentary champagne toast at the conclusion of the evening.$65/Person, limited seating. Ticket available at the restaurant or TIKLY (online ticket fees apply).

New Year’s Eve Pre-Game Dinner! 
December 31, 2014 6pm

Back for our SECOND YEAR is one of the best pre-game prix fixe dinners to get your NYE celebration started! This is a one seating dinner at 6pm. 4 courses designed specifically for high-end pre-gaming with a complimentary champagne toast at the conclusion of the dinner. We will then be sending you on your merry way around 8pm to go tear it up at the year-end party of your choosing! If you want, you can just hang out with us, I’m sure we will be up to something. Tickets are $50/person and available at the restaurant OR at TIKLY!

St. Valentine’s/Lincoln’s Birthday Prix Fixe (SVLBHDPF)!
February 11, 2015 6pm

An evening of rustic yet romantic food! This dinner will be cooked with primitive methods such as fire and curing with the menu being comprised of foods from America’s history with a nod to St. Valentine’s Day classics. Tickets TBA

Holiday Special Schedule:

12/16: 11am to 3pm, then KrunkFish Prix Fixe at 6
12/24: 11am to 3pm
12/25: Closed
12/26: Open regular hours

12/31: 11am to 3pm, then NYE Prix Fixe at 6 (see above)
1/1: Closed, Happy New Year!
1/2: Open regular hours

There you have it, all the information you need to keep you in the know. And the more you know…


Yes, we ARE closed on Black Friday.

Hey, Taco lovers! We hope that you had a great Thursday! We had a spectacular time feeding the clients and staff of CISS, but more on that on another soon-to-drop post. Today (November 28th) we are closed for a private event, namely the union of two dear old friends of mine. We will reopen tomorrow, Saturday November 29th for your eating pleasure. We will see you then!

Taco Pastorius

Little Big Fest at Tacopocalypse

Friends and Taco Lovers,

The folks at Little Big Fest have a way you can get a free ticket to tonight’s show at the Historical Building. Spend $20 at any of the Pop-Up Show locations, then take your receipt to the Historical Building and you’ll get in free. Boom.

Be sure to stop by this Saturday, November 21st, from 3:30-3:45. We will have Courtney Krause performing a pop-up show.

Peace, Love and Tacos


Thanksgiving Donations List!

Taco Lovers,

*UPDATE* Donations can be dropped off from now until Tuesday, November 25th at the Tacopocalypse location, 407 East 5th Street, Des Moines, IA. We are also taking online monetary donations through Dwolla. Thank you!

As we announced a few days ago, we will be serving Thanksgiving meals for the 300+ clients and staff of CISS again this year. We were afforded the last minute opportunity last year to provide dinner at the shelter when another local restaurant decided they did not want to participate. The response from both the public and the clients was so overwhelmingly great that we decided on the spot to make this our yearly tradition, and thanks to clients’ requests, we will providing lunch in addition to dinner this year.

Donations of food items and money are being taken to offset costs of preparation/serving/transportation, etc, and we use the food items provided to make food on par with our regular Tacopocalypse fare. All proceeds and leftover food donations will be donated to the Food Bank Of Iowa and CISS.

With all that being said, here is our list of suggested food donations. You are not limited to the items on this list, we will find a home for anything donated. If you know us, you know we like our wild card ingredients! Thank you in advance for any help you can provide, it means a lot to us and to those who are in need of a little good eats and company this holiday season!

Thanksgiving Food Donation List

Fresh/Frozen Meats
Whole Ham
Whole Turkey
Turkey Breast
Pork Shoulder

Canned/Non-perishable Goods
Cranberries, Canned
Cranberries, Fresh
Canned Green Beans
Canned Corn
Canned Whole Tomatoes
Cream Of Mushroom Soup
Dry Stuffing Mix
Fried Onions (for green bean casserole)
All-purpose flour
Granulated sugar
Light-brown sugar
Baking soda
Olive oil
Red-wine vinegar
Salt (coarse and table)
Ground pepper
Mini Marshmallows
Dried Pasta (Penne, Elbow)

Butter, Unsalted
Rolls, hamburger
Rolls, Dinner
French bread loaves
Yellow Onions
Fresh Brussels Sprouts
Bell Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Large eggs
Whole Milk
Heavy Cream
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

-Taco Pastorius

Tacopocalypse/YPC CISS Thanksgiving Donations Time!

Press Release: Tacopocalypse/YPC/CISS Thanksgiving Donations Time!

November 6, 2014, East Village, Des Moines, IA

Tacopocalypse is happy to announce that once again we are partnering up with the Greater Des Moines Young Professionals Connection on November 27th 2014 to provide Thanksgiving Day meals for the 300+ clients of Central Iowa Shelter and Services (1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines, IA 50309).

Tacopocalypse will be using their culinary skills to prepare both lunch and dinner meals at the shelter. We are looking for both volunteers and food or monetary donations to assist with both meals. Last year’s response from the charitable taco loving public was so overwhelmingly amazing that we were able to prepare and serve dinner for over 300 people and donate close to 1000 pounds of food to the Food Bank Of Iowa, to assist other Iowa families in need.

How can you help? Here are a few ways:


You can register to volunteer as a server/helper at . Volunteer spots are limited, so act as soon as you can. A few volunteers will also be needed to help with loading/unloading both at the restaurant and shelter.


Food donations can be dropped off at our East Village location (407 E 5th St, Des Moines, IA 50309). We can also pick up any large donations (250 lbs or more) if necessary, to coordinate please call 515-779-8403 or email [email protected]

Monetary donations can be dropped off in cash or check (checks made out to Tacopocalypse) form at our East Village location, or mailed to:

Thanksgiving Donations
C/O Tacopocalypse
407 East 5th St
Des Moines, IA 50309

You can also donate through Dwolla by searching Tacopocalypse. Make sure to put “Thanksgiving Donation” in the notes.

Volunteers sign ups and donations are open from now until Tuesday, November 25th 2014. Thank you in advance to all who give to ensure that others in need have the best holiday that they can. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Fall Harvest Bounty Prix Fixe Dinner Menu

This 6 Course menu was designed to bring out the best of fall flavors using the freshest local produce available from great producers, such as Cleverley Farms. We look forward to seeing you tonight. It’s going to be a delicious time.

Sam & the Tacopocalypse Crew

First Course:

Fried Green Tomato with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis, Preserved Lemon Ricotta and Arugula.

Second Course:

Charred Red Tropea Onion, Cornbread, Masa Crisp and French Onion “Dip”.

Third Course:

Pomme Dauphinoise, Carrot Emulsion, Pickled Carrot and Fennel Fronds.

Fourth Course:

Nicoise Salad, Haricot Vert, Shaved Fennel, Wild Mexican Tomato and Potato Crisp.

Fifth Course:

Wild Rice Blini, Gochuchang Marinated Sprouting Broccoli and Sriracha Hollandaise.


Cleverly Farms Heirloom Melon, Fennel Ice Cream and Short Break Cookie.

Fall Harvest Bounty Dinner Prix Fixe!

Good morning, Taco Lovers. In 8 short days (9/24/2014) we will be hosting a Fall Harvest Bounty Dinner here at 407 East 5th street in lovely Des Moines, Iowa. The dinner is $65 for 6+courses (there’s definitely a killer dessert and possible course from our soon to open sister restaurant, Krunkwich), and the menu will be focused entirely on the freshest local produce available from great producers such as Cleverley Farms. That’s right, it’s vegetarian, but don’t worry (as if there is a cause for alarm), we will be offering a meat option for the main course. Although we currently don’t have plans for physical tickets, the dinner is available on a limited pre-sale basis at, with no service charge to you, OR at the restaurant (407 East 5th Street, Des Moines).

We look forward to seeing you at the dinner. It’s going to be a great adventure.


Tonight! No Cumming Tap, Only East Village

Folks, the GWT (Great Western Trail) is closed this week at the Old Army Post Road underpass, so that the dirt berm can be laid over top the new tunnel which was recently built. Although they have advertised that there is “no alternate route,” there are a few, but we are going to take this night off to do some work on our upcoming new menu and KRUNKWICH RAMEN HOUSE things and stuff. You can still get tacos in the glorious East Village until 10pm tonight, and we will definitely be back in the swing of things at the Tap next Tuesday.

Taco-ly Yours,
Taco Pastorius