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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
515-957-9727
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Ranked #1 of 43 Restaurants in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Aug 26, 2014
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omaha ne
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Friendly and very welcoming! We showed up 10 minutes before close and we were welcomed in and offered a menu. Never felt rushed at all. Food was top-notch as expected at such a well-known BBQ joint. Expectations met.

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Altoona, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Jethro's is a great place to eat, we go almost every Thursday night and Amber and Emily are the bartenders, they always call us by name and know what we like to drink! The food is always hot-fresh and fast and a lot of regulars sit at the U shaped bar. It is like a family reunion each time we... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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124 reviews 124 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is very good barbecue. They have lots of options. All of it is fresh smoked. I had the ribs and sausage on a 2 plate meal. They were very good. The service was attentive. I was less enthusiastic about the banquet hall style of seating. It felt crowded and was very loud.

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Rock Island, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

What a find ! Large place and busy, but well worth it. Sport bar meets BBQ. lot of TV's Only thing I don't like about it, IT NOT IN MY TOWN ! Food was Great, well prepared and generous portions. Next to Adventureland Amusement Park

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Austin, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have been here twice now. We live about 2 hours away but stop when we are passing by on I-80. We love BBQ and they have a great variety of meats. I tried one of the plates with multiple meats on it. Tenderloin, pork BBQ, ham and bacon. It was all great. My husband had a steak. Only BBQ... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

There was a group of 5 eating and everything we had was very good. Everyone was extremely satisfied with their barbecue selections. Real tasty!!

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was hands-down the best food I've had in a LONG time!! The boneless wings (multiple options for flavors) are delicious! Everyone in my family had huge portions, even the kids! The sides were great as well! Atmosphere average, with wood walls/ceilings, and TV's everywhere. A little packed in as far as tables go, but needs to be with how... More

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North of Chicago, IL
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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Although the parking lot is small, and looked full, we got seated right away. Loved he atmosphere and how everything is served on trays. We did one of the two meat meals you share with someone and it was way more than enough food. I am not a big sauce fan but found one I like. The sides were all... More

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Des Moines
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My family and I decided to try Jethri's after a day at Adventureland. Was not overly impressed with the menu selection and the food was bland. The different BBQ sauces were nothing fantastic. Be prepared to sit on top of other people as the tables are placed very close together. Would not make it a must go to place as... More

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stopped for lunch after seeing Jethro's a couple times on our way through the Des Moines area. It was well worth the stop. Good selection, big portions, and quick friendly service. We felt comfortable as soon as we were seated. We will definitely stop again! Great job Jethro's and Jakes staff.

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