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Woody's Smoke Shack

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2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
+1 515-277-0005
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“cornbread” (29 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is TINY! It is busy and crowded. The side dishes were good. The ribs were tender but a little fatty for my taste.. I've been told the brisket is excellent, but I haven't personally tried it. The cornbread was great.

Thank Paula D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a fantastic lunch here. I selected the 2 meats (ribs and pork) and 2 sides (jalapeno grits and cheesy potato) combination which was fantastic. The corn bread is also out of this world. This place is not too far from Drake University and...More

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed April 2, 2017

The ribs were excellent, tender and smokey. Some of the most tender burnt ends that I have ever tasted. The bbq sauce was excellent, not too tangy or spicey. The sides really complimented the meal

Thank 934etheln
Reviewed March 29, 2017

Did takeout for my first try. I was very pleased with Brisket and Pulled Pork sandwhiches. The full slab of rib was also great. Would do it again, and again.

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Ambience: a converted front room in a detached home in a residential area close to downtown. We tried the ribs and the brisket on our latest BBQ adventure. The ribs are fine dry, but do try the spicy sauce, which kicks them up another notch....More

Thank jetsly
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Consistent BBQ that delivers the flavor! Kudos for the free cornbread. Ribs were awesome and the sides are phenomenal.

Thank phartman72
Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

Amazing brisket! Sides so tasty and so many choices! Had brisket cheesy corn casserole and baked spicy apples along with the cornbread....delish! Forget the bun or you won't be able to finish!

Thank Dana C
Reviewed February 16, 2017

Went with buddy to check it all out....had a big platter with most everything. NICE!! Brisket was perfect, 1/2 chicken was delicious and falling off of the bone, and ribs were good too (also falling off of the bone). Side dishes of baked beans, green...More

Thank Warren J
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

I love Woody's where I crave it. The "Meal Deal" is the best deal. Great salads, the Pasta salad and Potato Salad are my favorite! Try the apple or cherry crisp. Don't forget to grab the free corn bread near the front door! If you...More

Thank CarolBJ
Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

I cook a mean brisket, so I am find very few restaurants that I think make a brisket better than I do. Woody's does make a better brisket than I do, and they do it on a consistent basis. The sides are varied and really...More

Thank 412stevew
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210 (Formerly Sammie Jack's)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-0005
  • E-mail
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