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Jethro’s BBQ and Jambalaya

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9350 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1646
+1 515-987-8686
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“jambalaya” (25 reviews)
“brisket” (17 reviews)
“smoked meat” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
9350 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1646
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

Awesome food! Have eaten at this Jethro's and others in Des Moines over the past 5 years. BBQ is always good and the menu is diverse enough for most to find what they will like. The take-out side door leads to an efficient and professional...More

Thank Jaybird123
Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The pork sandwich is huge. More than you can eat You will need a to go box. Also more fries than you can eat. This could easily feed two people

1  Thank IowaRon&Deb
Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

The pork sandwich was huge...couldn't even get my mouth around it...huge...couldn't even eat it all and extra large amount of fries...will go back

Thank IowaRon&Deb
Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here while traveling across the country. Saw billboards on I-80 and decided to check it out. After looking at menus and other reviews, we decided to give it a try. It's a few miles off the interstate. Seated right away and waitress was very...More

1  Thank JoAnn P
Reviewed July 3, 2016

We generally come to Des Moines about twice a year and always try to eat at one of the Jethro's in town. This is one of our favorites and split a meal for one plus an appetizer (love the fried cheese and dip and highly...More

Thank Kim G
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

I was new town and asked hotel where to go, manager mentioned this as one of three options. I went twice during my five night stay. First visit I had combo of brisket and jambalaya. First, brisket, one of best smokey favors I've had, and...More

Thank M P
Reviewed June 21, 2016

I went to Jethro's for the first time tonight. Spur of the moment, half an hour from home, and hungry. I sat at the bar, though I just missed happy hour. My dinner was the Carolina burger and fries, and a Guinness. The Guinness arrived...More

Thank Tim S
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We did the curbside to go and ordered crIspy BBQ chicken salads and waffle fries. The honey mistake dressing was excellent but they forgot our chicken for our salad. By the time we realized it we were too far away and didn't want to turn...More

Thank KMClinton
Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

If you love wings, Tuesday night at Jethros is the place for you. Their wing special is a great deal. There is a reason this restaurant is packed on a Tuesday night!

Thank Rob R
Reviewed June 15, 2016

There food is ok at best. I have been here on several occasions hoping for a better experience only to be disappointed time and again. The pulled pork is ALWAYS dry and flavorless. Nothing special here folks. For GREAT BBQ head to Smokey D's or...More

Thank ShelbyIowaGirl
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9350 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1646
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-987-8686
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