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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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Ankeny, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

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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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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Tama, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Great food - my only complaint was that their servings were "very large" and much more than I could eat. I just think that better too much food that not delicious food and the food was delicious. I would and will go back again.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Jethros has 5 locations in the d Des Moines area now with each one having it's own specialty. They're all great. All smoked meats come with BBQ sauce at table with many to choose from. A must if you're in the area.

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Additional Information about Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

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

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