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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #8 of 503 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
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
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We shared a bunch of sides so we could try an array of the dishes and we were so pleased with the ribs and brisket!! The macaroni and cheese was sooo good and the jalapeño cream corn!

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Lincoln
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

These Iowa chain really knocks Bar-B-Que food out of the park. I go here a lot with customers and we are addicted to their wings. Every month has a new featured sauce, always yummy, and the servers are excellent in knowing their product.

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Crown Point, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

After seeing the place on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, I was excited to finally eat there while visiting Des Moines, IA. Ordered the Baby Back ribs and that's where the disappointment was. Those were some really thick ribs, coming from Chicago I am familiar with a thinner Baby Backs, which I love. Their ribs are more like St. Louis style... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A buddy of mine and I ate here when driving through Des Moines. It appeared, by the large crowd, to be the go to eating spot near Drake University. I got the pork nachos, but with waffle cut fries instead of chips. Again, the place was packed, but the wait was short and the service was good. The TV's were... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Came here for the first time a few years ago, can't stay away!!! Every time I'm in Des Moines, THIS IS WHERE I GO!!! Great food period. Very good drinks, good specials and plenty of sports on all their TV's.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Very good setting,Great food, excellent service by a very effective staff. Very pleasant and professional!

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Wyoming
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

I can't begin to say how delightful the dining experience was. Tremendous service, mouth watering slow cooked ribs (even bought some and took the home!). Kudos to the management!

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Cabot
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 via mobile

Had the chicken barbecue with slaw and wings for appetizer. Wings were outstanding and a good size. Cole slaw needed a little work, but overall was an excellent dinner with excellent service.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I so happy when we were able to be seated within 10 minutes because it was Saturday evening and I am told a hot spot. I can see why it would be a hot spot, the food is soooooo good! One of my dinner companions had the breaded and fried pork fillet, it was large enough for 3 people. While... More 

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Belleville, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We stopped at this restaurant when driving through Des Moines a couple of years ago. The food was great so we knew we had to stop on our next trip through. We ordered the dinner for 2 with a full slab of ribs, cole slaw, waffle fries, potato salad and applesauce. The ribs had a great smoky flavor and were... More 

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Additional Information about Jethro's BBQ

Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone Number: 515-279-3300
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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