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Reviewed May 7, 2021

Wanted to do ribs for a birthday celebration - researched several places in Davenport and Iowa City. Found Jimmy Jacks and tried it! WOW!!! Great ribs, wonderful brisket - sides were to die for (except the fried) and it met all our standards. Will go...back and order out next time we go to Iowa City. Great birthday meal!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed December 1, 2020

Every time I buy lunch for my guys, they ask for Jimmy Jack's. Excellent food at fair prices. I enjoy the ribs, while my guys prefer the sandwiches. The sides are also incredible!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 29, 2020

I use to tell people this was the best place to eat in Iowa City. But yesterday at 4 PM I got really bad ribs. They were like left over ribs from the day before reheated (making a thick crust) at the sale. Did they...change cooks? I went there specifically at 4PM so I would get the fresh ribs --but since they open at 4PM maybe what I got was day old ribs. Very Disappointed. I am off to Pop's from now on.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2020

Visiting the area for a couple of days and so glad we chose this place for one of our meals! Between the 3 of us traveling together, we tried the brisket (my fav!), wings, ribs & combo sandwich with all the meats. Everything was fresh...and tasty, fries were yummy too! Will definitely return if we're ever in the area again!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 28, 2020 via mobile

We ate at Jimmy Jacks while on a weekend vacation stop. Reading TA reviews peaked our interest in this BBQ joint and we were not disappointed! We ordered the Jumbo size Pulled pork sandwich with two sides. One side was baked beans and the other...was coleslaw. Everything was very good. The pulled pork was tender and had a nice smoky flavor and the sides both were tasty, although the coleslaw could have a bit more zing to it. (Could have used some onion.) But all in all the food was served hot and well seasoned.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 16, 2020

I was in town visiting family and wanted to visit a restaurant no one had been to, so we ended up at Jimmy Jack's. They were open for inside seating and had several tables closed off to increase distance. We place our order (Sampler and...Fatty Beef Brisket Sandwich) were given our cups drinks then took a seat. We only had to wait about 10 minutes for our food to arrive and it was some of the best Bar-B-Q I have had in some time. The meat comes out naked and they will give you the different type of sauce for dipping or covering. My son ate his sandwich so quick I thought I was going to have to get him another. But he settled on sharing some of the food I ordered since there was so much of it. Ill be adding this to my "need to return to" places for the next time Im in the area. Ill finish by adding the staff was helpful, provided quick service and practiced social distancing and safety precautions.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

Barn themed resturant with tender pulled pork and delicous fries. Pleasant patio with umbrellas. Take out and dine in.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 14, 2020

Delicious food but price menu on Tripadvisor needs to be updated. Dinner cost is $11.50 rather than $9.50

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020 via mobile

I enjoyed (loved!) the mouth watering, tender pork ribs with several sauces (my favorites were the Carolina Mustard, Cowboy, and Original). What I really appreciated is that most of their menu items are gluten-free, and the staff was knowledgeable so I could order with confidence...that my food choices and the sauces were gluten-free. We were just in town for the day, but my bucket list now includes return trips to Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack so I can try their smoked chicken, wings, and of course, the pork ribs.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

Great food at a reasonable price. Wonderful rustic surroundings. The sauces are original and delicious.

Date of visit: February 2020
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JackP2589, Owner at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2020

Scotthawkmd, Thanks for stopping in and the great review! Glad to hear you enjoyed the sauces and atmosphere!

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Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4