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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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9:30 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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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 31
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
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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
Home cooking done right

A large group of friends met late on Sunday night and were received with welcome arms. Our service was fast and very friendly quick to provide a refill or tell us of money saving specials. The food was excellent: tasty and good portions. We stayed later than the closing hours, but were never... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Kevin G
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Marion, Iowa, United States
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Marion, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

A large group of friends met late on Sunday night and were received with welcome arms. Our service was fast and very friendly quick to provide a refill or tell us of money saving specials. The food was excellent: tasty and good portions. We stayed later than the closing hours, but were never pressured to leave. Our bills were nicely... More 

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Waupaca, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Stopped for dinner while traveling thru Altoona and this restaurant was very busy. We thought it would take forever to get service and food but we were so wrong. They seated us right away and we got service within minutes. We then assumed the wait would be long for the food and what a surprise when we got our food... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We got to Jethros at least three times a month. We usually go on Saturday afternoon for lunch and to watch basketball or football on TV.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We followed our noses. I shared 2fir1 wings and a rack of ribs with my guy. The food and the service were both great. Our drinks were just ok. I plan to return.

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iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Was in Des Moines for a wrestling tournament. Have always wanting to eat at Jetho's BBQ so went to the closest one in Altoona, Iowa across from the Prairie Meadows. We had the ribs and wings. They are use a Memphis style rub which is different from most BBQ joints in the Des Moines area which use KC style. My... More 

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Colorado
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

While traveling through Iowa, I spotted a highway sign for BBQ near Altoona. What the hell, I'm hungry an game for adventure so I searched out Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse. It was late but they were still open. I ordered the usual BBQ with sides to go. While waiting I was offered a soft drink and conversation, a nice touch.... More 

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Dubuque, IA
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69 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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72 helpful votes 72 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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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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