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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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St.Paul, MN
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We waited 45 minutes on a Sunday late afternoon for a table and it was worth it. The sandwiches and burger were so delicious and a generous portion. The malts are yummy. It was a great value too! We will be back and we recommended Hickory Park to other people on the ISU tour the next day.

Thank dbfamily5
Pasadena, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't miss this place when you are in town. The wait goes by first and the food is worth it. Very generous portions and excellent food. Make sure to save room for the ice cream sundaes!

Thank Carbongirl
Ames, Iowa
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hickory Park is an Ames landmark. This in the one restaurant that every visitor needs to go to. Their signature sandwich is the Saucy Southerner (only $5.95 with one side), but all of the food is good, so keep going back to try more menu items. It is difficult, but also try to save room for dessert - the selection... More 

Thank Steve F
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. We like to eat there often even though it is a thirty mile drive.

Thank Fred-Marlene S
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92 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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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274 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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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92 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 

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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
Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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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