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“A Mixed Bag”

Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill
Ranked #7 of 50 Restaurants in Altoona
Certificate of Excellence
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Des Moines Iowa
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A Mixed Bag”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

My wife and I have eaten here just once. We were seated right away on a fairly busy Friday night, and the greeter was happy to switch us to a booth from the uncomfortable-looking tables and chairs. My wife enjoyed her glazed salmon. I didn't care for my Philly Prime Rib sandwich. The meat was lean, but flavorless and the presentation made it very difficult to eat. One thing we did agree on was the appetizer: the boursin stuffed mushrooms were extremely bland and the accompanying rounds of toasted Italian bread were greasy and drenched in butter. The stuffing tasted like a little cheese mixed with a lot of mayo. We could detect no breadcrumbs or chopped mushrooms in the stuffing, both of which would have added must needed texture. Service was competent, but nothing special. Our server was unsure of the price of a glass of wine, but she did guess correctly so no-harm-no foul.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Smoky!”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

Have not been here in awhile. Ordered the brisket sandwich with jalapeno blackeyed peas and hominy. Everything was great and the table sauce was decent. Service was pretty good. Prompt and refilled drinks a lot. Not very busy while we were there. Clean and bathrooms were also clean and well stocked. There is an outdoor area when the weather permits and also a drive thru.

  • Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great BBQ in the middle of Iowa”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Claxson's is a BBQ joint in Altoona, Iowa, just minutes from Des Moines. What started out as a small family run restaurant has expanded in recent years, but the BBQ is just as good. They have many choices of meats and even more side dishes to choose from. They also have a handful of non BBQ choices. I would recommend the mix and match option. You get to choose from seven different meats. You choose if you want just 2 or all the way to all seven. You get to choose which meats you want and your choice of up to two side dishes. I would suggest that the "burnt ends" is on your plate. They are extra yummy. Drinks are good and they have a decent choice of beers.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank balima
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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent barbecue”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had ribs and chicken and it was excellent! You have a choice of sides and those were good too. We had enough for a second meal for both of us at home. Used a Groupon so it was really a great deal! Going back soon.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank DFH1967
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“Decent BBQ at a decent price.”
Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

We each had the dinners with 2 meats and 2 sides. The burnt ends were great, as well as the brisket. I was excited to get the Boursin cheese mashed potatoes but they weren't as fabulous as I had expected, just ok. The okra cornbread was great with the jalapeno butter. The kids meals were the standard fare and ours had corn dogs. All four of us ate for $47 (before tip) and that included 4 beers. Good food for the money.

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