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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 - 10:00 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
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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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wow

In town last weekend and had to try, not dissapointed. Burnt ends sandwich, wings, pork and brisket everyone was happy at our table. Be sure to check out the bar, something a little special for a cold beer, I have never seen something like that before.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

In town last weekend and had to try, not dissapointed. Burnt ends sandwich, wings, pork and brisket everyone was happy at our table. Be sure to check out the bar, something a little special for a cold beer, I have never seen something like that before.

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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51 reviews 51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Saw this place on Diners, Drive-Inns and Dives, so I stopped in on my way home to Minneapolis after visiting my son. Will have to eat in next time, loved the interior. I purchased the two meat platter of chopped pork and brisket and the apple dumpling. The apple dumpling is what drove me to check it out, they use... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

Had a great meal at smokey D's. I had the burnt end sandwich and it was fantastic. The restaurant was clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. This restaurant is highly recommended.

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Iowa, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Last week we went to Smokey D's. With all the hype and awards, I was set for some spectacular BBQ. On arrival the place was great, the perfect BBQ atmosphere. Walked up, placed the order and awaited the savory mix of meats. The serving size was plentiful, the presentation was typical BBQ place. The meats were unfortunately a disappointment. They... More 

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I love myself some good BBQ and my stomach was pleased with this place. I love their ribs especially! But also enjoyed their pork and burnt ends, Mac and cheese, and potato casserole. Went at 3:00 in the afternoon and it was still busy! Pretty good sign if you ask me

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49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Before I say anything, they were packed when we went in. And u arent allowed to claim a table until after u have a number. I seen several people get upset about this. It worked out pretty good to with places open when u have a number. I ordered burnt ends and brisket. The burnt ends were 3/4 fat and... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I have been there several times and my sister kept saying-try the burnt ends. I had had burnt ends in Memphis and did not like them. Glad I tried them at smokey D's. They were fantastic. I am looking forward to my summer trip to have them again.

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Ames, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I do not care how many awards the owners have.. The brisket was dry and had no smoke flavor to it at all. I had the pulled pork and it had no smoke flavor and tasted like it had been in a crock pot. The mac and cheese was gross! I'm not sure what they use to season it, but... More 

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Clintonville, WI
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

What can i say....I've been to BBQ places all over the country and I was blown away the taste and texture of these ribs. Went on a Saturday the first time where the line was wrapped into the bar area. We almost left but stuck it out. I couldn't believe we only had half of a beer gone when the... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We had lunch at the Smokey D’s on 2nd Ave, and after all the publicity about the numerous National BBQ awards, had high expectations for the food experience we were about to encounter. I am sorry to say that we found the food to be only very average BBQ. The meat had only a very minor smoke flavor, and we... More 

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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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