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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #19 of 496 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
IA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

While the wait can be long for a table on certain nights, it is worth the time. Great Ribs, pulled pork, and the sides are great. The creamed cheesey hot spiced corn is super. Beer selections are not huge, adequate but not stellar. There are two or three other Jetho's in the area. The one is Pleasant Hill is very... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Always a great meal. I usually stick to turkey or chicken but my favorite are the ribs with the sweet potato fries. Everything her is good. Worth the wait-usually very fast service and they have great customer service.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I like most of all the Jethro's, but the Drake one on Forrest( the first one) is by far the best. Great food, great service, fun waitresses & waiters & a lot of food for the money.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Jethro's is probably one of the top BBQ spots in Des Moines. The brisket is outstanding; I keep thinking I'll try something else but always seem to come back to the brisket. My husband loves the gumbo. The one aspect that is less than stellar in my opinion is the sides. I like the sweet potato fries, but the other... More

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Midwest
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great atmosphere, friendly service, awesome food and a variety of specials and beer choices. We go to Jethros weekly for happy hour, sports on TV and a quick meal.

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Grimes, Iowa
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62 reviews 62 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Forest Avenue location by Drake is the original and still the best. The food is always very tasty and the portions are generous. It's the best place to eat before or after an event at Drake. The ribs are great and so is the jalepeno corn.

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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We went out with a group for breakfast and dinner. Both times everything was really good :) I would go for there breakfast but you will need a nap afterward.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This Emmenecker sandwich is gigantic. I shared it with my son and we could not come close to getting through it. And beyond the size the quality is excellent. Tenderloin, burger, brisket, fried cheese, bacon. Wow. Other meals I have had have been above average. It is not the best BBQ I have ever had, but it definitely is in... More

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Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

After seeing this restaurant on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food and some other show I had to visit this place. Some of the food was mediocre and some was outstanding. The ribs are the BEST. Seriously, get some ribs if you go to Jethro's! The barbecue chicken was also very good. Also try the jalapeño cream corn. It’s different, but... More

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Waterloo, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We'd seen and heard about Jethro's BBQ on the Diners,Drive-ins and Dives show and figured it had to be a great place. We drove 120 miles to check it out and it was definitely worth it. Great atmosphere, quick seating and SUPER good food. The boneless wings with dry rub on were the best we've ever tasted. Plus the sandwiches... More

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