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Jethro n' Jake's Smokehouse Steaks

2601 Adventureland, Altoona, IA
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Ranked #1 of 43 restaurants in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Jul 22, 2014
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82% Recommend
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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 NEW

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
33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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
5 reviews 5 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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Memphis, TN
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

By far one of the best BBQ places I've eaten outside of Memphis, TN. Very large portions, lots of options of meats (pork, beef, turkey, sausage) and the price doesn't break the bank. Lots of TV screens with sports all around the restaurant. Get there a little early as they are very busy.

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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173 reviews 173 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I chose this restaurant by using the reviews to guide me. It is located just off freeway and has a great BBQ feel. I was seated quickly and placed a drink order..I prefer when they put drink prices on menu so you can decide what beer you want based on size and price...they did not. I had a Great waitress... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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64 reviews 64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Large slabs of juicy prime rib, cooked to perfection, and melts in your mouth. DO try the mashed potatoes with country gravy, and stay away from the super sweet potato salad with too much mustard.

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Clare, Illinois
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98 reviews 98 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Really good concept. Brisquet was good. Place seemed crowded for a Sunday night. Service was OK. Like to go back and try some of the other items. Onion rings were OK as the batter fell off the onion.

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Altoona, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I ate at Jethro's last night, half price wings. They are smoked first, then rube with some BBQ seasonings. They are very large in size.

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