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Jimmy Jacks

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$$ - $$$
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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Saint Charles
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Jim P
Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I love Jimmy Jacks! Ordered out for a gathering on Friday night. Pulled Pork sandwiches, cole slaw and of course, their fabulous french fries. We also tried their new bbq sauce...Cherry Chipotle bbq sauce which was fabulous. Whether dining in or ordering out, Jimmy Jacks is ALWAYS a good choice.

Thank PamT54
Iowa City, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Our favorite BBQ in Iowa City. More fast food style, but excellent quality. Limited seating, but currently under construction to add more!

Thank CJ B
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Delicious brisket and pulled pork. Sides wonderful as well. Enjoyed all the sauce options. Service was quick and cheerful. Loved it!

Thank malarson75
Columbia, Missouri
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Traveling through Iowa City to another destination and decided to give them a try since they were highly rated on Trip Advisor. Yet another home run for local eateries on this site! Their ribs were meaty and had great flavor. My wife got the pulled pork and it was tender and juicy. Their spicy BBQ sauce was really good, not... More 

Thank Randy R
Yakima, Washington
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

If meat was currency, this place would be Fort Knox....and I would be in heaven! It's amazing that it took 6 years for us to finally come to the physical restaurant, as Jimmy Jack's is a staple for communal BBQs. Everything they have here is so good! The Brisket is tender, smokey and incredibly flavorful, the pork and chicken are... 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
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
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 - 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?