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Smokey D's BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA
+1 515-243-2747
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Des Moines, Iowa
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40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Quaint and small BBQ place offers traditional good bbq sandwiches, sides & platters plus free "help yourself" cornbread in a homey neighborhood atmosphere. Been there a couple times and the food quality is reliably very good. Last time had the salmon, unexpected to me in a BBQ joint, and it too was very good. Recommended for a casual quick bite.

Thank Ch0ucr0ute
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every meat we had was tender and delicious! I'm not really a BBQ fan but this place has converted me. The sides were yummy too! We will be back!

Thank Mary T
Altoona, Iowa
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The owner has the South wall of his restaurant filled with BBQ trophies and plaques from contests all over American. This is my favorite restaurant in the Des Moines metro. I love his BBQ beef brisket with his special hot potato salad and baked beans. It is very inexpensive. The service is very fast. The diningroom and bathrooms are clean.... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Broomfield, Colorado
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped on a cross country trip after seeing the Diners Drive ins and Dives show. Place lived up to the shows review. Would eat there again

Thank Coyote10458
Livonia, Michigan
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161 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was not ready for such great food. ribs were great, sauces were great. Staff was friendly and helpful. When I am back In the area this is the place for BBQ

Thank Mark D
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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65 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I would rate this BBQ above average. The restaurant was below average. The prices are average. I had the half rack. The ribs are a dry rub with some BBQ sauces at the table. The ribs have a good amount of meet the rub is good. The sauces are average. The owner has a lot of awards but it is... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

Almost everyone I talk to says this is the best BBQ in town. Sorry, I don't see the attraction. It is okay, but in my opinion, that's all. Please, try it yourself and see. Maybe I'm wrong, I hope so. It is often hard to get in to because it is so busy. Lots of people love it. The cheesy... More 

Thank seacorp
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

The food was fine but not outstanding to the price. I got the ribs and the taste was fine but the were a bit too chewy for my taste

Thank Mads Madsen H
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This is a family friendly, quick stop just off the interstate with great food (exit 135 next to the Harley Davidson shop). We particularly like the potato salad that has a kick of horseradish in it, and of course, the pulled pork or brisket. Their Sassy BBQ sauce makes it the best! And you can eat the bar and get... More 

Thank Mikethedog
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Best BBQ ever. We eat here at least once a week! Highly recommended. Have tried most of menu. Like everything.

Thank tcalmj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2747
"Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des Moines' north side is a BBQ lovers dream and would be a real gem for travelers".

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