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Smokey D's BBQ

5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #44 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Barbecue
Description: "Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des Moines' north side is a BBQ lovers dream and would be a real gem for travelers". New Smokey D's location. There are two others.
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Description: "Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des Moines' north side is a BBQ lovers dream and would be a real gem for travelers". New Smokey D's location. There are two others.
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Ankeny
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was my first time here and I loved it. The food is amazing and decently priced. You get huge portions. The atmosphere is a little different because you do not have a server, its more of a self serve but the food is excellent and I cant wait to go back. The BBQ nachos are awesome!

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Dakar, Senegal
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I'm not usually a big fan of BBQs because I like more than just meat and potatoes. However, the food at Smokey D's is amazing! The food is great and the atmosphere is just as great.

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

Ate here on my last trip to Des Moines. This place wins all the award there are to win in the BBQ world. The food they serve at their restaurant is not the same they do in competition. We tried 4 meats and all of them lacked rub on them. The ribs were by far the worst and the burnt... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place was very good. Only thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the burnt ends were too dry! I had the sausage and burnt ends dinner. Sausage was delicious. The sides are very good as well. There were 4 in our party and everyone had leftovers. Service was great and all employees were friendly. Bbq sauce... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went here at the recommendation of a friend. Food was decent, atmosphere was ok and the people were nice. Decent quick meal as I went at what was apparently an off time of the day.

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Jennifer Lanham
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Line up and place your, get your own drinks and wait for your food to be delivered. Pretty good BBQ. Had the pulled chicken sandwich which was alright - there was something too chewy to swallow in the meat. Sauces are on the tables so customers can choose spice level and amount to apply. Children's meals substantial - mine couldn't... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The wait is long but it's worth it. I've been there 3 times now and each time there has been a long line. However, it does move pretty quickly and the food is definately worth the wait. Fair price great food!

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Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We had a party of 4 and ordered the whole pit. Which is a good amount of every type of meat they serve. First time there, we were excited to try a little of everything. After waiting over an hour for our food I asked the bartender if she could just check on our order. No big deal we were... More

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Meriden, Kansas
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Ribs, pork, and sides were great. Food came out in a timely manor. Clean & friendly environment. If you like bbq this is a great stop

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Kelso, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

While in DesMoines in mid May I happened upon Smokey D's by accident but am thrilled that I did. I was leary at first as the parking lot was big and there were tons of cars. I was able to get spot close to the door and headed in. The trophy wall on the way in to the order station... More

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