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Hickory Park Restaurant

1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
515-232-8940
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Ranked #2 of 161 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It is not a trip home without a bubblegum Pepsi and cheese balls!!! The only bad part is the wait! But so worth it!

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Boerne, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed both our food and service at Hickory Park! A friend from nearby Nevada recommended this restaurant for us to meet at and we were not disappointed! Despite the large exterior and interior, the restaurant was a comfortable place to enjoy a meal with friends, colleagues or your family! I was surprised that our wait was so short... More

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Nevada, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We recently visited Hickory Park for lunch and made sure to arrive before noon. When we arrived there was no line and we were taken to a table immediately. The service was very prompt and friendly with many "check backs" by our waitress. The sandwiches contained less meat than the last time we were there but the portion was certainly... More

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Kankakee, Illinois
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

dropped off son at college - went here at 3:30pm on a Saturday - very full - lucky we were seated quickly - ordered - BLT - huge - Chicken Salad Sandwhich - very good- Son had French dip - liked it and I had Saucy Combo sandwhich - all very good - and food came very quickly for amount... More

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I really hate to disparage what is presumably a local institution, yet I was completely underwhelmed by Hickory Park. Upon arrival, we noticed a large crowd waiting for tables; I usually interpret this to be a good sign. As many individuals have noted, the management does a good job in setting expectations regarding the wait, and we were seated within... More

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Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Another restaurant that has been around for a long time due to doing all right. Over the years it has grown and continues to keep providing a wonderful experience. The food is great and the service is fast and friendly. Don't be turned away if you pull up and see people waiting outside. Often times they are part of a... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I took my church motorcycle group of 14 riders from Des Moines to Hickory Park in Ames for our annual get together. We arrived about 7:15 p.m. and, as usual, they gave us a number and we prepared to wait at least a half hour to seat our group of 14 guys. I told them we'd like to sit near... More

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Winterset, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I used to work in the Ames area so at least once a week we would meet for lunch at "the Park". They have a well rounded men with some of the tastiest bbq around. We did have a standing rule to stay away from 11:45 to 1:00 as there was always a wait in that time period. I still... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

THE best BBQ and ice cream parlor in the area! You have to stop! Smoked meats and sundaes are both amazing! Environment is also quaint and cozy!

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Best BBQ, quality & service in central Iowa. This place is like a well oiled machine in the way they take care of customers. We live in the S.E. now, which claims to have thee best BBQ in the country. Oh contraire! With the quality of food here, I have a hard time believing there is a better que place... More

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