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“Another honest review... Hit & Miss...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Woody's Smoke Shack

Woody's Smoke Shack
2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311 (Formerly Sammie Jack's)
(515) 277-0005
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Ranked #72 of 502 Restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American
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“Another honest review... Hit & Miss...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

My family and I visited Woody's on June 4th for my 1 year old daughter's birthday lunch. :) We had eaten Woody's ribs at a function in Valley Junction a few years back and remembered them as being really good. So, we decided to try the actual restaurant. First, the place is small, but cozy. The service was adequate, but nothing extraordinary. I asked the person taking our order what she would recommend and she quickly said the brisket. Knowing that i wanted the ribs, I ordered the 2 meat special, with 2 sides, for $13.95. My wife order the same combo, but with ribs and pulled pork. For side, we each got the cheesy potatoes, and the baked beans and creamed corn. The 'recommended' brisket was INCREDIBLE! May be the best brisket I've ever had. The ribs were good and tasty, but overcooked and a little dry. The pulled pork was also good, but not great like that brisket. Now, where things turn for the worse is the side dishes. They were all disappointing. The cheesy potatoes were just that, very plain and not enough seasoning. The baked beans and creamed corn tasted like they were out of a can. A quick solution would to add some of their house rub in the potatoes and creamed corn and throw some of their BBQ sauce (which was good) into their baked beans. Overall, we will go back, if not for anything else but the brisket. With a little change, this place could be 5 stars!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Des Moines, IA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great food and quiet place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I love bbq and have eaten at most of the places in DM, but when we had out of town company we decided to try Woody's and were very pleased with the result. Everyone had something different and all approved. My brisket was tasty and moist, others enjoyed the smoked chicken, ribs, and ham. For sides I had beans and cheesy potatoes both of which were great, though the beans were a tad bit cold. I also tried the mac and cheese and coleslaw and they were good as well. In addition to the good food we enjoyed the outdoor seating area, with plenty of tables and chairs in the shade overlooking the nice quiet neighborhood. Free and delicious cornbread is always available for dine in customers. Staff was helpful if not super friendly. Definitely check out the bathroom! There are other bbq places in town with a bit more variety on their menu or have more of a sports bar feel to it, but if you are looking for great food and a quiet, low key place in which to eat it, Woody's is for you.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sioux City, Iowa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Small joint but worth a stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I've eaten here a few times now and really enjoy the food. We've tried almost everything on the menu but the desserts and have no complaints. The sides are good and the sauce is great. It has pretty limited seating though, that's my biggest complaint.

Visited May 2013
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Urbandale, Iowa
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32 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“The best pulled pork sandwich in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Woody's doesn't have the roomiest dining area, but they do have the best pulled pork sandwich in town - and that is saying a lot! Among the side dishes, I love the hot sweet apples. Our son had the mac and cheese but was not impressed. Note: the inside seating is very limited but they have a nice sheltered outside area and occasionally have live music.

Visited May 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Beef Brisket I've ever had!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This quaint BBQ place is the best in Des Moines. It is priced very reasonably, and the food is fantastic! I strongly suggest the Beef Brisket as that is what really makes this place stand out to me. Also, free cornbread!!!! The place is small so seating can be limited, but no worries in the summer as they have plenty of picnic tables to sit everyone. Can't go wrong with any of their sides as it is all good.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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