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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
319-354-7427
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Delicious flavorful meats

I love it when meat at a barbecue restaurant has such great taste that there is no need for sauce. The ribs here were much like that. They had a great flavor. They were also very tender and moist. I also like the honey bread.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I love it when meat at a barbecue restaurant has such great taste that there is no need for sauce. The ribs here were much like that. They had a great flavor. They were also very tender and moist. I also like the honey bread.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

First visit. Looks more like a lunch menu. Took the family in the evening, ordered the half chicken and half slab of ribs. The chicken was just room temperature and the ribs would not separate from the bone. The food comes out quickly. I really liked the sides, the cornbread was great! The main dish was the disappointment. I would... More 

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South Bend, Indiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were Driving through on the way jome. We wanted to go somewhere different so I searched trip advisor and found Jimmy Jacks. Based on the glowing reviews we went for it. Small place very friendly staff, clean with great music. Jimmy Jacks original sauce was great. Lots of choices. Had the sampler platter, brisket, pulled pork and ribs. Small... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Much nicer inside than I expected, you order at the counter and they deliver the food to your table. The dining room is clean and the decor well executed. This is the type of BBQ place where they serve mostly dry and let the customer apply their sauce that they pick from a selection. I love that kind of place.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We picked this place based on the ratings and were not disappointed. The food is excellent and the portions are large. They have self serve soda and a fantastic beer selection. The place was clean, plenty of parking, and easy to find. The staff were friendly and even though its an order at the counter and then go seat yourself... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

We loved the food and the variety of sauces. The ribs were tasty and perfectly sliced. The brisket and pulled pork were great, too. The beans were flavorful and the cornbread was very sweet.

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Newton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Friends had recommended Jimmy Jacks. It is a small operation in the southeast side of Iowa City. You order at the counter and they bring the food to your table. The food was excellent. I had the brisket and my wife had the pulled pork. Both were surprisingly well done and very tasty. The French fries were exceptionally good as... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Loved the ribs! But loved the sides even more. Great fries, great baked beans, great sweet cornbread. You can't go wrong here!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you like BBQ you need to try this. ALWAYS good. want to try the chicken but the ribs and brisket are so great, I can never waiver. Slaw, beans, cornbread also tops.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Think you have to travel below the Mason-Dixon line to get high quality BBQ? Think again. Tucked away on the far-east side of Iowa City (away from the more recognizable downtown restaurants) sits a quaint rib shack. The moment you drive by and smell the smoker you know you're in for a treat. Their menu is not overly complicated, yet... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-354-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue
Open Hours
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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