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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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Johnston, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The food was good but not great. Cole slaw was better than the brisket and Mac/cheese. There is better bbq in the area than this.

Thank Iowastar
London, Ontario
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exceptional ribs with variety of BBQ sauces to complement the seasoned meat. Outstanding tater chips with dip. We also shared the mac and cheese as a side. I will return with friends!

Thank Leslie Y
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yes, the 'cue is the best in the area and they have the trophies to prove it. The Burnt ends are bot to be missed, But come for the daily comfort food specials. Monday's chicken fried steak stand up to anything in Texas. Staff is fast and very courteous.

Thank Mhainey924
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Smokey D's BBQ is great! Love the "burnt ends." Lots of choices and flavors to enjoy. Bring the family along, too!

Thank ProfessorLL
Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Smokey D's has great barbeque and has won a boatload of awards. I've tried several of the entrees as have friends with no disappointments. Service is fast and friendly and prices reasonable. My only hesitation is atmosphere-it annoying. Crowded with the customer line winding along the the wall and very noisy. It doesn't affect the quality of the food in... More 

Thank hazmatt457
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food. They need a manager that cares. The one they have walks around the place without a smile and looks very impersonal. He never asks how things are or seems to care about the customers experience. Great place otherwise and food is delicious most of the time.

Thank Chevyzzz
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It doesn't get much better than Smokey D'S.Brisket, ribs,smoked chicken, beans,pulled pork.Eat this all day in this busy restaurant with an ordering system that eats lines of people.they really move bar b cue.

Thank Paul G
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to grab a bite to eat! The brisket and pulled chicken are very tasty. The parking lot is very small and it is quite noisy inside, which is a downfall if you're looking to hang out and visit for awhile.

Thank VFerguson81
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of my favorite bbq places to go. I normally get the 2 meat combo and get the ribs and burnt ends. It's a lot of good for sure. But it delicious

Thank trupe77
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been here a few times with various groups. The food and service are excellent. They did mess up my order one time by making a to go order in accident but they reimbursed me. You get alot of food for the money and I highly suggest one of the sampler platters and their burnt ends.

Thank Dylan H

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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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