Apr 2, 2021 - News

Des Moines pop-up brings Kevin Smith's fast foodery Mooby's to life

The Mooby's pop-up at Up-Down in Des Moines. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

If you ever wanted to join in the comedic chaos of a Kevin Smith film, now's your chance.

What's happening: Mooby's is holding a pop-up at Up-Down in Des Moines this week. The fictitious restaurant made appearances in "Dogma", "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "Clerks II," and "Jay and Silent Bob Reboot."

  • While the event was sold out, extra tickets just became available this week.

The fake-real food you can get: The exact menu offerings are too raunchy to list here, but they're burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks inspired by Smith's films.

  • Smith, who suffered a heart attack and then went vegan, also made sure plant-alternatives were offered as well.
The Cow Tipper and Hater Totz from the Mooby's pop-up at Up-Down. Photo: Linh Ta/Axios

We tried the Cow Tipper (a double cheeseburger) and Hater Totz.

  • They were both solid, but nothing out of the ordinary.
  • What you're really paying for is to feel like you're walking into Mooby's with your best buds.
  • Up-Down was decked out in Mooby's signature purple and the golden calf was adorned everywhere for lots of photo opportunities.

What's next: The pop-up is here until April 7.

  • Tickets are $29 and come with an entree and side.

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