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Jimmy Jacks

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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - 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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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You order at a counter and sit on wood benches, but the food is great. They have the best ribs in Iowa City.

Thank P K
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a few choices for bar-b-q in Iowa City. Jimmy Jacks is the best. There is a simple but 100% consistent quality menu. I prefer the fatty brisket sandwich. Pulled pork is great. Wings are fantastic. The real treat is the variety of sauces, especially the Carolina mustard. Casual atmosphere. Takeout is also a good choice.

Thank wmdowning
Iowa City, Iowa
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love good, quick barbecue and Jimmy Jacks is the best! Their meat and most of their sauces are gluten free, and they will make a substitution for their cornbread, which is not gf. (Note to Jimmy Jacks: Cornbread can easily be made GF....think about it!) There are not very many places where I can go for a quick meal,... More 

Thank KCFreedie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome BBQ!! Generous portions! Very relaxed atmosphere. Service is very efficient and friendly! Make this a must on your list!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite is the fatty brisket sandwich, sounds funny but is very good. Sides ( baked beans, cole slaw, and cornbread ) are also very well prepared. The ice cream sandwich made with 2 home made Tollhouse cookies is the best ice cream treat in town.

Thank Mark M
Columbia, Missouri
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45 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

"Have you gone to Jimmy Jacks yet?" This was a continual question from my daughter, who lives in the area. And let's face it - the IC/Coralville/North Liberty area is blessed with some great places to eat, and Jimmy Jacks' location doesn't work well if you're mostly downtown or in Coralville (SE IC; across from the old Sycamore Mall area,... More 

Thank FroggyHawk
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being very familiar with Texas BBQ, I wasn't expecting much when visiting Iowa City. But this place has great meat, good sauce, good french fries, and yes delicious cornbread. Their "four alarm" BBQ sauce is more like 2-alarm, but nonetheless the flavor was good.

Thank fobx2
Amana, Iowa
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was in the mood for some great BBQ. Had the ribs. They were excellent. Slaw and fries were excellent. More like awesome!

1 Thank AmanaSH
Carterville, Illinois
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The ribs were good but not great. Decent selection of sauces, but stay away from the mustard sauce it is awful. It tastes like a German chef was told about Carolina mustard sauce vaguely and put a German flair to it in a sweet and sour sort of way that does not work at all.

1 Thank L0ufa
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The BBQ is super delicious. Many sauces to choose from, even Carolina sauce. Be sure to get the cornbread. It's brushed with honey butter for an irresistible treat. The baked beans are perfect. Cole slaw is right on. The staff is quick and friendly. Good place to go for lunch when you are in a hurry but want a good... More 

Thank Judy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
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 - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 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?