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Jimmy Jacks

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

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Impressive RIBS

Stopped in when nearby based exclusively off reviews on trip advisor (my favorite way to find great eats in unfamiliar places). Based off the reviews we ordered a rack of ribs and a brisket sandwich....skip the brisket and enjoy the ribs! Great flavor, perfectly prepared. Took an extra rack home... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
jno823
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped in when nearby based exclusively off reviews on trip advisor (my favorite way to find great eats in unfamiliar places). Based off the reviews we ordered a rack of ribs and a brisket sandwich....skip the brisket and enjoy the ribs! Great flavor, perfectly prepared. Took an extra rack home for later. WOW. We will be back soon!

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

So I'm enjoying the smoked brisket as my son works over a rack of ribs when a woman at the next table calls the manager over. She was very upset that the ribs she ordered were not like the "baby back ribs" she had at the national chain restaurant across town. The way her dining partner hid his eyes made... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Nothing else even comes close to this BBQ joint. It's kind of far away from campus and location admittedly isn't great, but the food makes up for it. Everything on the menu is great, but I usually go for a pulled pork sandwich. The fries are HEAVENLY. Possibly the best fries I've ever had anywhere. Same can be said about... More 

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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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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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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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Seattle
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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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61 helpful votes 61 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?