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Hickory Park Restaurant

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1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Inexpensive eats. Saucy southerner sandwich and ff, $5.95, 4 pc dark dinner, mashed and gravy with beans and a roll, $8.95. Sandwich was 3 kinds of pulled meat, just ok. Husband said Vinnie's in Humboldt IA still has best bbq chicken he's ever had.There bbq sauce was runny and the taste was not to our liking. Large selection of ice... More 

Thank Joann F
Ankeny, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite Ames restaurant! Their bbq chicken dinner is fantastic at a great price. Service is superb. Great atmosphere. No wait this time but often there is a wait but definitely worth every minute! You won't be disappointed!

Thank Faith R
Lomira, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the chance to eat out 3 times while visiting Ames, at ISU our alma mater. All 3 times, we chose Hickory Park, even at 10:30 Sunday morning. It was my birthday - and of course had the Hickory Park birthday special. The barbecue is amazing - love the Saucy Southerner and fries. The ice cream is always special.... More 

Thank Marty G
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is good the price is right and you get a bunch of food on your plate. There is always a line outside. Iowa State Football and Basketball fans stop there for most every game - it is packed. The service is great and the servers are very friendly and do get orders right the first time. People that... More 

Thank Maryann K
Kelley, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything on the menu is mouth watering good. The Saucy Southern is the best and don't forget to add a homemade malt or shake. If you have to wait, it will be well worth the wait.

Thank LynnReed
Hyderabad, India
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely delicious food, consistency & prompt service are the reason why people in Ames love this restaurant so much. It is always busy, make a reservation or you will have to wait. EVen if you have to wait, its worth it. Food portions are huge, and they have a nice variety of ice creams too, make sure you visit Hickory... More 

Thank sehgal01
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hickory Park is Always busy, their parking lot can overflow into nearby businesses, especially on Sunday's and any time there is a home game at Iowa State University. This establishment has become a second or third generation favorite among students who are either faculty or alumni. The only drawback is that their quality has suffered in recent years.

Thank Paul S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch because it came up on trip advisor, it was great, great food great service and very prompt too. My husband ordered a licorice flavored malt, and loved it!

1 Thank Teresa K
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hickory Park Restaurant is a fun, family restaurant. The place is huge, and every inch if it is decorated with antiques and nostalgic signs. It's like visiting Wall Drug in Iowa. The food is not gourmet, but it is good. Be sure to have a malt with your meal or save room for the extensive ice cream options for dessert.

1 Thank christine n
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After touring the ISU veterinary hospital we had lunch at Hickory Park. The food is always great and be sure and save room for their ice cream specialties. We have enjoyed Hickory Park for many years.

1 Thank FreddyMcReady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: 515-232-8940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?