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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
515-331-0057
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Wever, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The pork was tender and the sauces were pretty good. I really liked the baked apple sides. Chili was not very meaty as promised. Husband's chicken was pretty good.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Quick seating, great food, great prices. Quieter atmosphere for a friendly get together and conversation.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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377 reviews 377 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Ate here for an early lunch with several friends and their kids. Kid friendly restaurant. Food was ready quickly. Made to order and fresh. Nachos, Stingers and a combo sandwich with corn and beans. Large open area dining room with choice of booth or table. Clean and well maintained. Grab your food at the window and don't forget you sampler... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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271 reviews 271 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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