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Smokey D's BBQ

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5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Description: "Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des...
"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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  • 66
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Short stop

I was traveling through Des Moines and a friend recommended Smokey D's as a place to meet as it would not require me to have to get off the highway too far. I was running late so we only had sodas. However, the young cashier did offer that they have a gluten free menu - though their french fries... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
Susan G
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Colorado
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Colorado
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I was traveling through Des Moines and a friend recommended Smokey D's as a place to meet as it would not require me to have to get off the highway too far. I was running late so we only had sodas. However, the young cashier did offer that they have a gluten free menu - though their french fries are... More 

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West Union, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Was in town for a 1 day seminar and Somkey D's BBQ was the choice for lunch!! Have visited prior to and was happy to recommend them as a great lunch choice.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I would highly recommend to anyone traveling to Des Moines. I have never seen so many trophies inj one restaurant. The best ribs I have ever had!

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

They are super quick and always packed! Great tasting meats and sides are home made. Sauces are also made from scratch. They are in an excellent location being right off the interstate!

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Lomax, Illinois, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This was my first time here. They have so many awards, that they are almost running out of room for all of them. Guy Fieri from Food networks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives ate there. I had the ribs and burnt ends, delicious. I recommend this place 100%.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Ribs are great. Eat there each time I am in Des Moines! Wife never eats ribs except for there. The burnt ends sandwich looks amazing but I can't get past the ribs.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The food is fantastic! Whether you are a local or just passing through town and need to find a quick place to eat, it is worth a stop. It's not a fancy place. One orders at the counter and your meals are brought to you. Some days the line to order can be long, but it goes fast. They have... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I have eaten Smokey D's BBQ for years. It is excellent BBQ. There are several locations to visit. You can do a quick lunch or go gave a sit down dinner. I highly recommend it if you are in Des Moines and you are hungry for BBQ.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I had a delicious half rack of rib lunch, and it was great! The parking lot was being used for motorcycle training which made parking a problem but other then that it was outstanding!

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Decorah, Iowa
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70 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Had to try Smokey D's since it was a triple D stop in Des Moines. We just had sandwiches as we were in a hurry. I had the pulled pork and my wife had a pulled chicken. Both were GREAT!!! Can not go wrong at SMOKEY D's!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?