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Jimmy Jack’s East Side

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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
+1 319-354-7427
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Iowa City, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great BBQ - pulled pork is my favorite. Variety of sauces available allows you to personalize your taste.

Thank DIYoder
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words! So glad to hear you enjoy our Pulled Pork and sauces. If you need anything in the future please do not hesitate to contact us. Best regards Jack P More 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice place, sauces on the side, everything served dry. No liquor but a few beer choices. Great ff and corn bread!

Thank Kimberly T
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Kimberly Thank you for the kinds words. Glad you enjoyed the French Fries and Cornbread! Best regards Jack More 

Ottumwa, Iowa
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68 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

My husband and I visited Jimmy Jacks today. The food was excellent. We ordered the special with beef brisket, pulled pork, and turkey. There were numerous sauces available. The coleslaw and baked beans were also good. I recommend this restaurant.

Thank Traveler13333
Iowa City, Iowa
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Recently visited this casual BBQ restaurant and enjoyed a nice meal. Pulled pork sandwich with choice of sauces - the apple based barbecue sauce is new since I visited last ( over a year ago )- sweet with a hint of cinnamon- very good! Dinner partner had brisket meal - the meat was delicious - baked beans "ok" - cornbread... More 

Thank MDB678
Barcelona, Spain
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69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Meat lovers will love Jimmy Jacks. It's not cheap, but good for an occasional splurge. For those on a budget, and what I usually order, the $6 'Lil Jimmy's' is good value: pulled pork, beef brisket, or chicken in a bun with their good fries (best fries in Iowa City) and includes a refillable soft drink. Waay better than anything... More 

Thank Pe R
Saint Charles
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Cute, welcoming place. Counter ordering, food delivered to your table by cordial server. Pretty impersonal, hands - off ambience and experience from there.

Thank Lee L
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

nothing fancy here, but nice, meaty ribs, tasty fries and a nice hunk of cornbread. your choice of several sauces... Cowboy sauce is a personal favorite..plus you can add a pile of pickles. my only complaint is minor because i think the cornbread is a little too honeyed to suit me. i feel like the honey is too strong with... More 

Thank Lee H
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

Whenever I have to work in Iowa city I come here for lunch! Love their French fries so I give up the bun😊service is fast & if their is something wrong with your order they'll fix it!

Thank Wendi S
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75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Had a 1/2 slab of ribs with 2 sides and it was $19.99. Very average tasting ribs and sauce, and the ribs were small. Not at all what I expected for the price. Baked beans tasted as if they were poured together and heated up right before serving, no depth of flavor at all. Cole slaw had little flavor. Best... More 

Thank Craig h
Sterling, Virginia
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

I have spent a lot of time in both Kansas City as well as Austin, two places that have some of the best BBQ that I have ever eaten. Well, I must say that this little place can hold their own against any of those! I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was but it was. Not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
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 - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-7427

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