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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 - 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
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 20
    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
Best BBQ Ribs I have had the pleasure to eat ever.

Always busy for a reason. This has got to be the best BBQ place I have been to. Ribs are dry rubbed and so savory with 3 different sauces to choose from at the table. Baked beans and potato casserole are great sides, the only disappointing thing about the menu is that Thursdays are the only day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Always busy for a reason. This has got to be the best BBQ place I have been to. Ribs are dry rubbed and so savory with 3 different sauces to choose from at the table. Baked beans and potato casserole are great sides, the only disappointing thing about the menu is that Thursdays are the only day they offer corn... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Really good BBQ at reasonable prices, and casual atmosphere. Easy to access from interstate. Highly recommend this place with its comfort food and good service!

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Springfield, Missouri
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and beans are excellent. There is plenty of seating, and televisions everywhere. You have to stand in line and order your food, then they bring it to you. It is relatively fast. If you want a beer you have to take your food over to the bar and order separately, but you cannot order BBQ... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well, after all the fanfare & trophy displays for winning BBQ contests, we thought the place was average. Wife had the burnt bits sandwich & I had the rib dinner platter. It was o.k., but did not live up to all the hype. Don't think we would bresk a leg to return to the place.

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Snohomish, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Had lunch here on a Wednesday. It's pretty busy but they seemed to get people through the ordering line fairly fast. It's helpful to have a menu board available while you're waiting in line so you can figure out the options before you get to the counter. I was even more impressed at how quickly they got the food out... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Amazing BBQ. A fantastic set-up designed to get you delicious food without a long waiting time. I also appreciated how you can choose a portion size to match your appetite.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Very good food. the potato casserole thingy was outstanding - had the ribs and brisket. I don't like my brisket thin sliced but that may be just personal taste. Chips were good too. Lots of selections and the bbq sauces were excellent - i'd go back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Smokey D's is very simple,affordable & delicious. Brisket,pulled pork -both wonderful. Happy hour has some excellent deals as well. I had a great Bloody Mary - very spicy as requested. All for $5. Family friendly as well.

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We were looking for a place to stop on our way across the country. We looked all over from Nebraska and Iowa and decided to save our appetite for Smokey D's BBQ. Glad we did! Good BBQ and the sides were really well prepared with all different kinds of flavors and tastes. Thanks for giving us the boost to keep... More 

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Prince George, VA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Hungry I was and would have eaten anywhere, but I found Smokey D's BBQ. No doubt this is a hometown favorite as well as a traveler's oasis for those who want BBQ. I saw that the Burnt Ends as unique and decided to give this a try. Ample meat on a hoagie roll was the meal that fit the bill.... 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
  • Phone Number: 5152432747

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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