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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
50 pickup trucks can't be wrong

Second trip to this location and the experience was totally different (and that's a good thing)! After circling the lot (looked like a pickup truck heaven) in search of a place to park, I finally settled in for lunch with my fam. Question was, had things improved? We ordered a four meat platter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Quad Cities USA
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Quad Cities USA
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190 reviews 190 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Second trip to this location and the experience was totally different (and that's a good thing)! After circling the lot (looked like a pickup truck heaven) in search of a place to park, I finally settled in for lunch with my fam. Question was, had things improved? We ordered a four meat platter "for two", complete with four sides (we... More 

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Brooklyn Park
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I had the half rack of ribs and pulled pork. The place was packed, but service was excellent and the food was awesome! This is the first time I have had Jethro's ribs. Plenty of meat on the bones, tender and tasty! If you like ribs, this is your place! Pulled pork, beans and slaw was excellent as always. This... More 

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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107 reviews 107 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The smell of great BBQ permeates the parking lot; it's like a sign that you have come to the right place. I had the 3 meat dinner today, including the smoked sausage, smoked turkey and smoked pit ham with waffle fries and mashed potatoes with country gravy as sides. All this for $16. The meat is very high quality, the... More 

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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61 reviews 61 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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258 reviews 258 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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: Steakhouse, 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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