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“Acts more as a rorschach test than a coffee shop”
Review of Smokey Row Coffee

Smokey Row Coffee
Ranked #1 of 2 Coffee & Tea in Oskaloosa
Certificate of Excellence
Description: The Oskaloosa branch of the Des Moines coffee shop. Popular spot for sandwiches, coffee and ice cream specialties. Right on the square in downtown Osky. Big inviting space with wi-fi. Popular day and night.
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Description: The Oskaloosa branch of the Des Moines coffee shop. Popular spot for sandwiches, coffee and ice cream specialties. Right on the square in downtown Osky. Big inviting space with wi-fi. Popular day and night.
Pella, Iowa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Acts more as a rorschach test than a coffee shop”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

For those of you who are not familiar with the rorschach test, it is an inkblot test of different patterns to analyze one's psychological perceptions. That being said, the Smokey Row Coffee Shop in Oskaloosa, IA. is one of they most unpredictable cafes I have ever frequented in every facets. The drinks (coffee, latte, seasonal blends, everything!) may taste great one day and taste foul the next. The food is all pre-made/frozen, so if non-fresh food floats your boat, you will be in good hands. The baristas range from amazing and competent to very quiet and extremely lazy (aka. does not give a [--] attitude).

The manager is a great man who truly cares about the coffee shop business, however he needs to crack down on the staff and look into different venues for better quality of food. I implore the people of this site to continue going to Smokey Row, but speak up for the quality of the food and beverages you are consuming. Half of the people that work here are amazing and will listen to customer constructive criticism. Oskaloosa is a fine town that deserves a better quality of a coffee shop.

I leave the detailed ratings blank because of how widely inconsistent everything about this coffee shop is and can be.

A final point, the rice-krispie treats are the only things made freshly in house. Huzzah!

Visited November 2013
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Walden, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I love Smokey Row for one-on-one coffee chats, family lunches, quiet wi-fi times, open mike nights, and group gatherings. Their hours are so accommodating, their prices reasonable, and most employees are friendly and helpful.

Visited October 2013
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Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“nice atmosphere”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been to Smokey Row several times for meetings with a group. Interesting atmosphere. I have never eaten here. Seems like a very limited menu overpriced coffee. Just not really my kind of place, I guess.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank John E
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Olathe, Kansas
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“One of the Best Coffee Shop I've Found”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is hands down the best coffee shop I've found. I live in KC, but when I come back to visit family in Iowa I almost always stop here. The coffee is excellent and the old building and urban decor is very unique, unlike the typical chain coffee shops. I've spent a day there working remotely as well, and enjoyed every minute of it. It should also be noted that the small community country charm is evident in the customer service. Highly recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good Coffee & Good Atmosphere”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Located in the center of downtown, this place is located in a large old space that has tons of charm. There is a bookstore adjacent & I could have spent the day enjoying this restaurant. They had fresh pastries & tons of teas & coffees to choose from.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Christine D
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