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Jethro's BBQ

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3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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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, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 41
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really Great Buffalo Chicken Salad

Had the Buffalo Chicken Salad for lunch last Wed. It was awesome and really loaded with Buffalo Chicken. The Blue Cheese was great too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
jdh2971
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Iowa
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Iowa
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Had the Buffalo Chicken Salad for lunch last Wed. It was awesome and really loaded with Buffalo Chicken. The Blue Cheese was great too.

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Winfield, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

It wasn't the hyped up BBQ I had expected and our waitress didn't come back very often, we had to search her out. However, the food was okay and I would go back if I was in the area.

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Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Stopped in as we passed through town and didn't really know what to expect. Fortunately, we were not disappointed. We were a little early so we missed the rush and didn't have to wait. After being seated, we were greeted by a friendly server who took our drink orders immediately. She was very attentive and helped us work our way... More 

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Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Jethro's recently catered an outdoor lunch at my corporate office building. I am new to Des Moines, and this was my first experience with Jethro's heavenly BBQ! I tried the smoked turkey, pork and brisket, and all 3 meats were expertly prepared, lean, smoky and tender. Rather than smothering the meat in BBQ sauce, the sauces were served on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Good is ok here not the best if I want bbq and smoked meat I would go somewhere else they have good sandwiches but to me seems like everything they serve has the same smokey taste which seems to run together and becomes to much not the worst not the best service is usually pretty good there and that's enough... More 

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Clarkston, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I can't say enough great things about this place! The food is reasonably priced, HUGE portions (if you eat light share a plate) featured on Man VS Food with Adam Richman. The Better Homes and Gardens sandwich (award winner) is fantastic. Don't think twice just go you won't regret it!

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Urbandale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very casual, relaxed dining. Service was excellent, as well always a bit crowded, so expect a wait. It's worth it though! Large menu to select from, something for everyone. Priced right!

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We eat here about once a month. The food and service is good. Food comes out pretty quick and hot. I love a good drink and/or food special, the last drink special I had was for Long Island Iced Tea and they were very weak, pretty much tasted like the mix. We then decided we would order a non-special one... More 

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Wolfville, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We sought out and found Jethro's BBQ in Drake (Des Moines) and at first I was skeptical because the exterior seemed rather shabby to me. But once inside the crowded eatery, full of locals, I knew it was a great choice. The waitress was effusively welcoming and helpful, full of answers to our menu questions. I wanted something smaller than... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

I'm pleased to see some lighter options. The food was good, no errors on our order. It's very loud and echoing here, which is painful for the hearing impaired. Enjoyable meal. Will reurn.

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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-279-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?