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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #7 of 499 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
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Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Austintown, Ohio
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82 reviews 82 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Very good BBQ but not Great BBQ we went there because it was a Man vs Food spot..It was very good and the portions were huge.I dont want to at all seem negative about this place because it is worth a visit but as far a BBQs go its not quite the best...But its really close

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Visited Jethros for lunch with my family. We all had the babyback ribs. They had a good smoke and were tender. Bbq sauce was good also. The waffle fries were much better than the regular fries, the mac n cheese was nice and creamy but the bbq beans lacked flavor and the beans were undercooked. The 1/2 rack rib meals... More

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San Diego
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Ate an early dinner after a drive from Iowa City. I got the perfect item: half rack of ribs and five wings. The ribs were Huge, tasty, and meaty. Great flavor with and without the sauces on the table. My mom got "The Jethro". Holy Shmoley !!! Needless to say she took more than half home, with sauces to boot,... More

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Pismo Beach, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Sports bar, TVs, Beer and Great Vittles, Need I say more! The brisket sandwich was great, ribs were super, other dishes looked great as well. Wish we had a Jethro's BBQ in Cali.

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Cedar Rapids
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have eaten at the Jethro's in Altoona for supper and those have got to be some of the best ribs I have ever eaten from the Des Moines area. So I thought "why not" try them for breakfast? I was pleasantly surprised to find them near Drake University in Des Moines, so I stopped in. I tried their Farmer's... More

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Omaha
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The wings are awesome after that it was a bust... The meat items ( ribs, sausage and pulled) were dry and had no smoke taste. It seems since it was a Friday evening we were rushed due to other waiting customers. Barely touched the appetizer and the food arrived. Sadly we will not go back nor refer anyone to try... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Here on college visit, tour guide told us about this place. Living as a "transplant" in Austin Texas, we found it very refreshing to finally get some "real" BBQ...PORK!!! Great food, service and atmosphere. Stop and try it!

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Ocala, Florida
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153 reviews 153 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Jethro's is well touted on several food shows. Sometimes the hype doesn't match the reality when you go there. Jethro's live up to the hype and maybe even surpasses it. We went a little late at supper time on a Thursday and still had to wait for a seat, and they do pack people in with lots of tables. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

My husband 3 children and I went here after seeing the menu and having a craving for BBQ. We were seated and immediately our server Kate came over and was so helpful. She went above and beyond to help us decide what to order as well as making sure our to go boxes were fully stocked for the rest of... More

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Milaca
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband and I had the waffle fries nachos which came with your choice of meat (we chose chicken). The pieces of meat were huge and had the best smoked flavor I've ever had. We split the 2-meat meal & had smoked pork & brisket along with baked beans and jalepeno cream corn. The corn was excellent! The bldg is... More

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