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Smokin' Jakes

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117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
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Madison, Wisconsin
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103 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great happy hour beers - liter steins for $2.50 from 5-6 pm. Their special on Thursday is a 1/2 pound burger with two toppings and one side for $7. We ordered the burger medium, medium rare and it was done to perfection. We were told that at times the lines are out the door for this special, but when we... More 

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Elgin, Illinois, United States
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

A barbecue restaurant with no pulled pork? That's wrong! They slice their meat instead. I ordered the Philly beef sandwich which was very good. My wife ordered the beef patty melt. That was over cooked and dry. The soups, the bake beans, and fries were barely warm.i loved the atmosphere and our waiter, Hunter was great. May be it was... More 

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Thank Robert J
Arnolds Park, Iowa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun little hole in the wall place on the "strip" in Arnolds Park. The food is excellent- well seasoned and juicy meat. I had the beef brisket - tender and flavorful. Great selection of beer and really great staff. Fun place to gather with friends at night and great place for a quick lunch

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Lakefield, Minnesota
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

Husband & I stopped in 3pm on a Wednesday to grab a bite. Obviously off hours - waitress was only person to be seen. Had turkey sandwich, "homemade soup, it's really good", burger & fries, coffee, draft beer. Burger & fries were nothing special. Soup was NOT good (unless you love gooey canned-like gravy with ground mystery meat and chunks... More 

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Thank VirginiaS203
Midwest USA
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Hungry for BBQ so I stopped by Smokin' Jackes in Arnold's Park. No wait for seating, waitress was very prompt, decor was typical for a BBQ restaurant. Decided to order the smoked pork chop special which was excellent. Meal consisted of two smoked chops, large portion of hash browns, smoked baked beans, and an excellent BBQ sauce. Great meal for... More 

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Thank Dutch1
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3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Very tasty, ample portions. Had to get a to go box. Almost all of the meat is smoked so if that is not for you want then you may want to try elsewhere. There are plenty of choices on menu though - appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, combo platters, drinks were very good and service was attentive & prompt.

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Thank Amy A
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Burger is really good - the bun is toasted perfectly. The fries are outstanding- and I am fussy about fries. Husband liked the pork slices - very tasty. They could use a bigger beer selection, and the servers could be a little more vivacious, but service was certainly not lacking. We decided to try this place in spite of the... More 

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Thank Melanie_Charles
Des Moines, Iowa
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94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This BBQ café has been in business a long time and it's a tradition with our friends to eat here when we visit the lakes. The pork sandwich is the group favorite. I enjoyed the tomato basil soup. They have the coldest beer on tap (so the group tells me as I don't drink beer). Nice wait staff.

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Thank Janea26
Nebraska
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

We have been going here for 5 years now and we have always had a great experience. Waitress was quick, friendly and efficient with drinks and food. We had the 1/2 Pork Ribs - generous portion and lots of meat on small bones. We also had the Roast Sampler, again good portions and generous with the meat. Another in our... More 

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Thank DrEduardo
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We went here for lunch during our visit in Okaboji. This place was amazing! All 5 of us thought the food was incredible, and we all got very different things. Some of our items included scalloped potatoes and ham, pulled pork sandwich, chicken strips, ribs, and amazing French fries. Our server said the owner owns the 316 steak house in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Bar, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Arnolds Park

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?