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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
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
Cuisines: Barbecue
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- Sep 19, 2014
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Austin, Texas
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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Had the 3 meat family style. Brisket was fine, the sausage was grilled openface and had a very strong basil or spiced flavor which neither of our party cared for. Price was average for amount of food, we did like the georgia BBQ sauce the best out of the 3 on the table. Not fancy, it's a sports bar environment... More

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Lancaster, WI
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

My husband & I had a mixed meat meal for 2. We both loved the ribs...they are dry rubbed & seasoned perfectly....no sauce needed. BUT the brisqiut was dry & was barely warm when it arrived to our table. Service was very fast even though they were busy.

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Homewood, IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Best BBQ my husband and I ever had. Not the grandest of restaurants - it's better than that - it's cozy, friendly, inviting, and extremely relaxing. Staff is very pleasant - good company with the food. Cocktails are grand. My husband rates many restaurants first on the pours before our dinner, then on the food and service. Based on the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was the best BBQ I've had in a long time - crowded, noisy, family restaurant but the BBQ is well worth it. Portions are huge - had the brisket and it's served with several types of BBQ sauce which is fun for tasting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Service was ok. I always get a waitress that never looks me in the eyes and seems to care to be there. But the food! The best BBQ IN IOWA. Hands down! Always get the ribs, fall of the bone good! Nice variety of sauces. Brisket is excellent. Slow cooked, nice smoke ring and good flavor. Must stop place to... More

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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 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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129 reviews 129 reviews
98 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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