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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
515-331-0057
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San Antonio, Texas
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262 reviews 262 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Coworker and eye went here for lunch, not once, but twice. I managed to make it on the wall of flame by throwing some "Rattlesnake Venom" on my initial visit and added it to the Pulled pork sandwich, cornbread and fries meal. I must say the atmosphere is very pleasant and quiet enough for lunch business conversations. No complaints, the... More

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Johnston, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I really like the Brisket. It is a good as any place I have ever been. I do think they are a bit pricey and that is why I rated a 4 instead of 5.

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Urbandale
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Ummm, really? What's all the hubbub about? I was not impressed. $15 for lunch? This is not fine dining! The meat was good, but could be found at any church potluck. The beans were horrible. Threw them away. (sweet and something weird and crunchy in them) The cornbread was dry. The dessert was dry- threw most of it away, too.... More

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iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Every BBQ joint has a twist to the way they cook there meat. I've been coming to Cactus Bob's for several years and never been let down. This place is one of the best BBQ's in the Des Moines area. Staff is good at what is important, Service....

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

This was very good BBQ. We had a business lunch over Chuck Wagon and Big Pig Baskets... Beans for sides. Meat was tender a juicy and the hint of smoke was there. As good as I've had in Texas or North Carolina, also enjoyed the sweet pickle. There is a "Wall of Flame" menu of special hot sauces... Which made... More

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Johnston, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Went back to give them a second chance after getting ribs that were sour and tough ... and what do you know, same outcome. Never going back.

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Johnston, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you want great barbecue without a lot of fuss, Cactus Bob's is the place to go. You're not going to find anything pretentious, just good old down home barbecue.

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Haven't had any entre' that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. Corn bread muffins are best I've had. No frills at Cactus Bob's, but that isn't what I'm looking for in a BBQ joint!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

I would only recommend this place if you would like an obviously pre-baked, cold corn muffin that was wrapped in saran wrap and thrown on your tray or maybe if you enjoy the texture or flavor of crumbled up saltine crackers on top of your otherwise flavorless mac and cheese. Very very disappointing and I will not go there again... More

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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Recently have made renovations to add more seating and really makes it a nice friendly restaurant. Loved the chicken strips but the fries aren't the best.

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Additional Information about Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
Phone Number: 515-331-0057
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
Cuisine: Barbecue

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