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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
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
Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place is huge...décor is like an old depot and the fragrance of BBQ is wonderful. The chicken and ribs were very tender and tasty, excellent baked beans, service was good, and portions generous. The dessert menu is on full size placemat, and if it is your birthday, you get a special price. Surprised on how reasonable the prices are.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Iowa natives rave about this place. I have no idea why. If not for their desert menu I would have given them a 1 rather than 2 rating. Loud. Poor service...they messed up the delivery of the food and the check. The food..well..there are few good choices in Ames. Brisket was seriously undercooked dry. And tough. There was also a... More

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Burlington, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

This place had such a great from everyone I know in Ames so I was very excited to go. I think they must have all been high because the only thing that was true was the portion size. The meat was dry the sauce is very watery and the waitress was awful I had to go find her to get... More

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is the restaurant everyone hears about when they come to Ames. Worth the trip once or twice. If you come during tournament weekends (soccer, basketball, volleyball, etc.) come early. The food and ice cream are decent, the beer selection is sparse, the atmosphere is festive.

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Ames, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Amazing smoked and BBQed food. I love going here. The staff arw friendly college kids. The food come pretty quick and is delicious. And the price is fantastic. I recommend this restaurant to everyone and have never gotten a negative review.

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St. joseph mo.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We were on our way home from a trip to Minnesota and a friend told us if you go to Ames Iowa stop at Hickory Park so we did,the restaurant reminds me of a old train the way it is decorated,there is a lot of food to chose from and the prices are reasonable,I had the Special which was 1/4... More

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Elk River, Minnesota
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46 reviews 46 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went here to taste the food as we were considering them as a potential caterer for our son's upcoming wedding. It's a verrry big place, 451 seats and the wait on a Sunday early afternoon was 20-30 minutes which I understand is usual. Hostess was very perfunctory and while not unpleasant was not necessarily pleasant either, they gathered our... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great BBQ In Ames Best value is the sampler lot of meat will stuff 2 people a family of 4 could be happy with this and maybe rum for desert

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

First off, I'm used to small family owned BBQ places that make awesome BBQ. Hickory Park is HUGE and that is ok but I had heard so many good things about it that I expected it to be outstanding. Well, it was just average. It seemed to me that a lot of the food is pre-made and simply just warmed... More

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Manhattan, Kansas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a large and very busy restaurant near the campus of Iowa State University. They easily and flawlessly handled our large group of about 16 people. The BBQ and sides are high quality. The quantity will be too much for some people. Despite our large size, the service was excellent, and our food was promptly delivered. Every order was... More

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