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Smokey D's BBQ

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5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA
5152432747
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11:00 am - 8:00 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: Drinks, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Description: "Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on...
"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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  • 126
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  • 70
    Very good
  • 25
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  • 5
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
You will love this place if you love BBQ variety.

Always a treat to eat at Smokey D's. This time I tried the 2 meat platter for lunch, also had the mac & cheese and the jalapeño corn, wow it is hot! I love the briskets too, but I don't think you can get a bad meal here. Nothing fancy for atmosphere, but great Bbq.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
David W
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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206 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Always a treat to eat at Smokey D's. This time I tried the 2 meat platter for lunch, also had the mac & cheese and the jalapeño corn, wow it is hot! I love the briskets too, but I don't think you can get a bad meal here. Nothing fancy for atmosphere, but great Bbq.

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Thank David W
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Everything on their menu is finger licking good. My favorite is their dry rub ribs, which are meaty and fall off the bone! They have about 6 different BBQ sauces you can add on to your food as well.

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Thank stephc005
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great food. Very reasonably priced & fast service. Staff is great. We eat here frequently and have never been disappointed!

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Thank courtneyn692
La Crosse, WI
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The best thing to order is the meat platter, where you choose three to four different kinds of meats (pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends, etc.), and just sample all the great meats. My favorite: the burnt ends -- 75 cents extra but so worth it. As soon as you walk into the restaurant, you will see all the accolades the... More 

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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ribs were amazing and service was great. They have a very organized process. Food came out fast and was delicious.

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Thank Francisco C
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great owners, great service, awesome food! This place is award winning BBQ and fun fusions like BBQ egg rolls! It is fast, friendly and tons of food. Don't forget the homemade chips and dip.

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Thank Meggan B
Des Moines, Iowa
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116 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the BBQ brisket platter. It was presented well to me when it us brought to the table. My wife was delivered to our table too. We sat a good 25 minutes wait on our food and we let now about that. We have dined there before and we ordered, got our drinks, sat down an our food arrived... More 

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Thank Scuba132
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As my little bro, who is 21 says....see above. Never been disappointed yet with smokeys, pork tenderloin was huge! Ribs, and burnt ends were great. Also potatoe casserole and mac and cheese is a must try. Beer is cold and tvs everywhere in bar is great. Will return when we visit des moines!

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Thank Ttsue
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Smokey D's is the best BBQ in the state of Iowa and the competition is not even close. That's not to say there aren't some other good spots around; there are, but Smokey D's is that far above them all. I've eaten BBQ in all of the hot spots across the country and their ribs are the best I've ever... More 

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Thank KGibson23
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

THE BEST BBQ IN Des Moines, by far!!! I go by myself, with my family or with friends. Fantastic food! The brisket, sausage or burnt ends are to die for. You won't go hungry here. Get the "Handler"! Three meat choices with pepper jack cheese on a giant hoagie bun. Sauces are awesome! Don't miss this place folks!

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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
  • Phone Number: 5152432747

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

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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