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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #9 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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English first
Wyoming
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We tried this place as we were on a long trip, traveling through with four children. We sat out on the patio. The food was delicious. Between the six of us, we tasted chicken strips, Mac and cheese, ribs, pulled pork, sausage, pickle chips, green beans, waffle fries, potato salad and cole slaw. Everything we tasted was good and the... More

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Wisconsin
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62 reviews 62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We saw this on Man Vs. Food one day and knew that we had an upcoming road trip to Des Moines. We put it on our 'to visit' list. I have to admit, I thought it was a little dive-y looking on the outside; for some reason I was expecting something a little bit more put together. That said, the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Ribs were tender and smoked to perfection, pulled pork was great, but the catfish was not what I expected. Being from the south, I have no appreciation for battered fish. Southern catfish has a cornmeal coating. If I am ever in the area again, I will stop by for a meal.

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went mid afternoon and we were quickly seated and served. BBQ was good and sides were very good. Tried a sampler of pulled pork, chicken and smoked turkey. Will visit again and try the ribs. Worthwhile.

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Midland, Canada
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94 reviews 94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

There is no way to avoid the enormous signs advertising JETHRO’S while driving West through Des Moines, Iowa. I had made this trip almost a dozen times and resisted stopping to try out this place. This time I was determined to go and check it out- We arrived after a long day’s drive and the parking lot was packed- a... More

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Outstanding food.. They have a pretty big menu but really the only think you need to focus on is the BBQ. We tried several different meat and sides and they were all great. If you love BBQ or just want an affordable meal and don't care about the place being super fancy this is the place to go.

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Sioux Falls
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was my first visit to Jethro's BBQ and I was very impressed. We have lots of BBQ establishment in the midwest and I have eaten at a few of them. Jethro's by far was the best that I have had. The Pulled Pork was mouth watering, great smoked flavor and of course you can choose the BBQ sauce of... More

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Rather you're looking for bbq or a good sandwich such as a tenderloin this is the place for you. Service is usually really good amd meal always is. Can take awhile to get seated if u go during dinner hours but its worth your wait.

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USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Oh my goodness...soooo good! Not one of us were able to finish our plates. The portion sizes are huge and everything was delicious. Fun atmosphere and ambiance. Lots of choices and options so there is something yummy for everyone. Right across the street from Adventureland so a great stop after playing all day and working up an appetite!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We love this place. We have had brunch several times and it never disappoints! The staff is always good and the food is awesome!! The portions are huge for the money! You will not be disappointed!

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