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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

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2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
515-957-9727
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 48
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  • 30
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  • 10
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice BBQ

I visited Jethros for lunch on a Tuesday. They have a 2 fer wing special. I went ahead and actually ate 20 wings. Enough for 2 days. The wings were very good. I had a asst. of sauces. I asked for something a bit hotter and was given the hot buffalo. Nice,,,,,my lips were warmed perfectly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Dubuque, IA
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Dubuque, IA
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97 reviews 97 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I visited Jethros for lunch on a Tuesday. They have a 2 fer wing special. I went ahead and actually ate 20 wings. Enough for 2 days. The wings were very good. I had a asst. of sauces. I asked for something a bit hotter and was given the hot buffalo. Nice,,,,,my lips were warmed perfectly. Not a flame, but... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Everything we have tried here is fantastic! The owner is a super nice guy. You can order & pick it up at the drive thru or dine in. This place is ALWAYS packed! My husband and I shared the Adam Emmenecker...we had enough leftovers for another whole meal for the both of us. lol There ranch dressing is mouthwatering and... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We went to the Jethros in Altoona because we really like the one in Ankeny. It was crowded, the service was slow and we were disappointed in the food. I had BBQ turkey and was expecting sliced turkey. Instead what I received resembled what I would expect in pulled pork. My wife had the ribeye based on some of the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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82 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I had a family lunch at Jethro's as our family was looking for some good BBQ. But we didnt find it here. The slab of rib was served on a large metal dish hanging off both ends. The size was were my positive impression ended. The ribs have a very heavy chili powder rub. Most good rubs have some chili... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Jethro's in Altoona serves the finest ribeye you will ever eat. It simply melts in your mouth and just perfectly seasoned and prepared. Side dishes are also great. We had the baked beans, jalapeno cream corn, and coleslaw. The beans are very good with a nice not-too-sweet flavor. Prepare to share the creamed corn: it is cream cheese with corn,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

With 5 different Jethros to choose from you have plenty of different choices in the Des Moines area. We have eaten at all of them and the food is always great. Lots of smoke flavor and very generous portions. Never had a problem with the service. Worth checking out if you are in town.

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Louisa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband's family and I had lunch here on a Sunday. It was pretty busy but they were still able to seat us within 5 minutes. Between 8 of us we had 6 different meals and all of the were wonderful! The pulled pork was moist & juicy and the tenderloins were huge! The fried pickles were amazing. We will... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Enjoyed the night with friends and family. Great wings. Our favorite sides are the green beans and the potatoes. Great staff too.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Since its above average but below very good... I rated high... Portions are plentiful, service is great, not impressed with the smoked chicken, pulled pork was good, brisket ok. Again if u r from Texas u will be picky about a bbq place. They have great potato salad and Mac & cheese is inspirational since its with white cheddar. The... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Always looking for new places to try and I'd never been to a Jethro's so I suggested this for our monthly brunch get togethers. I was fairly pleased with the overall experience although I probably won't rush to get back as I didn't feel like anything really stood out other than the incredible portion sizes - definitely come hungry! Our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: 515-957-9727

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
Sunday
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am - 11:00 pm

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