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Smokey D's BBQ

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5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
11:00 am - 10:00 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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Vancouver, Washington
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173 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We watch "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri and this was one of the places he highlighted. He said that this places was Smokin' and he wasn't kidding. When we were ordering our food, I asked about the potatoe salad. The gal said that it was made with horseradish. Now that sounded interesting. Enough so that I had to... More 

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

I like their tenderloins which are huge. The last time we were there, we split one and they gave us two buns. I don't care for their BBQ however, because it contained too much gristle for my taste. Smokey D's is a very popular place to eat, so apparently a lot of people think it's great.

Thank Fred-Marlene S
Omaha, Nebraska
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782 reviews
518 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,420 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Smokey D's burnt ends platter was decent at best. The portion size is crazy small for the $10.00 cost. You get about 8 pieces of meat. There was more fat on the ends than I care for. The potatoe salad was pretty good. The pasta salad was okay. The sauces were decent but not as good as KC. KC Joes... More 

1 Thank AlexanderDelarge
Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to all three of the Smokey D locations. All of them are great! I have visited them many times and have never been disappointed. The bbq is amazing! They are fast and friendly.

Thank Dilkin70
Waterloo, Iowa
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53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite BBQ place hands down. Make a point of eating here every time we come through town. Easy access off I80. They are always busy, but generally you never have to wait longer than 10 minutes to order and then maybe another 10 minutes to get food out. We always get a 3 meat platter and an extra side... More 

Thank Bobber67
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
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68 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place should stay number one for a long time. Their food is outstanding. Can get a little busy but well worth the wait. It's great when you go to a barbecue shack and get ribs that are so good they don't even need sauce.

Thank lakersailor
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have be quite pleased with whatever we have ordered at Smokey D's. We particularily like the brisket and the ribs. The are always correctly prepared. The interior is lined with trophys and awards received by Smokey D's staff at BBQ contests from all over the country.

Thank Ronpo1
Krakow, Poland
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Place is quite "simple" and might be not convincing to eat there but TripAdvisor recommendation was great. I never eat such good BBQ ribs like those today. Portion size is so "American" so I have had to ask for dogie bag as this staff was so good and it would be a deadly sin to not take it home.

Thank Robert I
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fast food style restaurant where you place an order at a window, find a place to sit, and wait for the order to be delivered. There are plenty of choices for smoked meats, potatoes, and extras. The ribs were tender and very good except for one rib that had a lot of fat. The sliced turkey, tater... More 

Thank twa63
Chicago, United States
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71 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great family style eatin had the pulled pork sandwich, home style potato salad and pork n beans......I'd like a lil jalapeño in my beans please!


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
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 50313-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5152432747
"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".

New Smokey D's location. There are two others.

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