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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #9 of 500 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Cedar Rapids
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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IA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The original site, it is a staple for area residents. It can be a bit warm, and a long wait in Summer(while it has outdoor seating, the placement of it makes evening sun a factor), and best avoided during high profile Drake events. That being said, it is still my favorite of the Jethro's. The selections (any of them) are... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We ordered the dinner for 2 and with that you are able to order four different meat choices and and four sides (serving size). So we did and it was all very good and a lot of food. They have several sauces to choose from and I did not favor any of them.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This Jethro's is located in Altoona, Iowa, on Adventureland Dr. This is by far the best baby back ribs I have ever tasted. Yes, the prices are a little steep, but well worth it for the portion you get, and the quality of the food.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The food is some of the best BBQ I've had. The margaritas were to die for, you must try one! The server was very professional and attentive. The speed of service was spot on. The prices were competitive. My only negative thought was the dining areas were very congested. But that won't stop me from returning.

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