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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Grimes, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So many choices. Several different selections and many different flavor sauces. Even if the line is long it moves quickly. Nice casual atmosphere since they more than doubled their size.

Thank cychief24
Johnston, Iowa
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76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, well priced, excellent menu options and fast service. You can't beat it for a fun BBQ experience!

Thank Dean326
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I get the wings and chicken fingers most times, I loved the smoked flavor and rub on the wings. I also found that the chicken fingers are hand breaded white meat breast, they are always moist coming out of the fryer and make them a must order for anyone who likes chicken tenders but not the boxed grease flavor of... More 

Thank Joruus C
Johnston, Iowa
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Get the tenderloin - it is amazing. Really everything is great here. Staff is super friendly and love the building since they added more space.

Thank joejoebay
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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

I love Cactus Bob's. I really can't say enough good things. From the excellent food taste, to the generous portions to the friendly staff, to the reasonable prices. It just doesn't get much better. Oh and their jerky is so good that I always bring home multiple bags of it for the family.

Thank Jason P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Went with a group of about 20 people and did not hear one complaint. Ordered a combo that included pork, brisket, chicken and a sausage. Also got potato salad, beans and cornbread. All the meats were tender and tasted great. Bbq sauces were good and sides were good as well. I had eaten at Smokey D's earlier in the day... More 

Thank Jim C
Sparta, Wisconsin
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is located on the Northside of Des Moines. It is located in a strip mall so you might drive by. The food is local and it is fresh. You definitely get more than your money's worth. If you like Kansas City BBQ, you will love this place.

Thank Thomas S
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

At here while on business trip. I had the "Gobbler" (Smoked turkey sandwich), homemade fries, and very good baked beans. Slightly pricey for lunch but I enjoyed every bite. Lots of different sauces to choose from. I tried all but the hottest and my mouth is still burning. Really enjoyed this place.

Thank the_rev_jjk
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

Had a great time on a Friday night. Place was jammed. Long line to order but it moves pretty fast. Menu clearly displayed on wall. Many options with main dishes and sides. Some good Friday night draft beer pitcher specials. Once order was placed, we got our drinks immediately and waited only a short time for our food. Food was... More 

Thank Mark M
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Great Que. 5 of us and we each had something different. Turkey, Pull Pork or beef, Chicken and ribs. All hood. Only downside was the slaw - very finely chopped so you have to eat it with a spoon. Vinegar style, not cream. Good taste but texture was wierd. Always a variety and 3 choices of sauce.

Thank Jerry U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: 15153310057

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