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“Best BBQ in IA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hickory Park Restaurant

Hickory Park Restaurant
1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
515-232-8940
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Ranked #2 of 164 Restaurants in Ames
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Buckeye, Arizona
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in IA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Awesome place. Service was friendly and spot on. They even had Diet Mt. Dew! I had the small portion of ribs, man n cheese, and buttered corn. Small meaning they only bring out on set of ribs. Things were huge. The bones pulled/fell right out of the meat, making the ribs a simple joy to eat. A couple of different bbq sauces if desired, however the ribs stand on their own. Fairly priced, as well. I hope I get to go back to Ames, because this is a return customer at every opportunity.

Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Ames, IA
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great Value -An Ames Institution!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

As a resident of Ames, I have a hard time not going to Hickory Park. Any time we have out of town visitors, that's where they want to go. And I am more than happy to oblige. There are items on the menu to please everyone of every age. And when asked "What's good here?" I can easily and confidently answer "Anything and everything that sounds good to you!". Plus I never hesitate to grab the tab. The food is generous and the prices modest!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jefferson, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Authentic barbeque”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I have gone to this restaurant since it was a little place on Lincolnway and the food has only gotten better. We don't go as often now because too many people found out about it and they always have a huge crowd of loud people. I like a quieter place.

Visited December 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“sooo yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Very good bbq. You may have to wait for a few minutes depending on the time of day you go, but well worth the wait. Food is hot and fresh served by friendly staff. Prices are great. Not crazy about dessert, they use blue bunny ice cream and im not crazy about that brand of ice cream.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food every time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Husband went here when he was in college many years ago, now that our kids have gone to ISU and graduated, live in Ames, we still come to get our great bbq fix. Lines could be outside but they get you in quickly; we've never waited more than 15 minutes. We have a few local favorites in Ames, HP is one of the top 5.

Visited January 2013
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