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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 160 restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Ames, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Large, boisterous, and inexpensive way to gorge like a T. Rex. Don't let the consistently large crowd waiting for seating to deter you. The place is huge and seats come open quickly. The baby rib rack is a favorite, although I like the sandwiches equally well. Take it easy if you like spectacular ice cream dishes or make a meal... More

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Oceanside, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

I spent a year in grad school at Iowa State in the mid-1980s. Hickory Park was a rare treat at the time (when I was making $700 a month to support my wife and I). Flash forward to 2013. We were in the area on vacation, so we decided to stop in and see if it was still there. It... More

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped in for dinner on a business trip. Had the sampler with chicken sausage and ribs. The chicken was moist but not lots of flavor. The sausage was good and the ribs were very dry. The had 2 sauces on the table but no labels on them. They were ok bit I have had much better.

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Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best sandwiches ever made (if you like barbecue). I highly recommend it to anyone, anytime you are in Ames.

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Ames, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went here for my grand daughters birthday, even though we were a large party we we're seated quickly, service was great, food better

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sponge rocks, florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The biggest restaurant in Iowa. Expect it to be loud and super-busy. I know it's famous but there are many better places to get barbecue. Go for a birthday treat because they have a fine ice-cream parlor.

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ames
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to eat. The food is very good, and so is the service. I would have given it five stars, but it's just a little too loud in there for my wife and my taste. Don't let that stop you though! We just like it a little quieter when we go out to eat.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Often VERY busy but they move people through quickly. Can be very loud, but that's part of the "family" atmosphere. Large portions, specialize in smoked meats and roast chicken. Affordable. Special ice cream deal on your birthday. A huge selection of special ice cream treats to select from. Can accommodate large groups - but expect to wait 30-45 minutes on... More

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Ames, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Hickory Park Restaurant an excellent dining experience. During lunch and supper times expect a considerable wait because of the popularity of the restaurant. They smoke their own meats on site and have a wide variety of smoked meat sandwiches that are an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Portions are large and there is a wide selection of sides with... More

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Ames, Iowa
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Having lived in Ames for 32 years and in Story County for 49 years, there is no more consistently good and quick service in any restaurant I have done business with. Service it top notch. Food is great and price is reasonable.

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