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“Excellent BarBQue Ribs”

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D Plus K Hickory House
Ranked #25 of 141 Restaurants in Waterloo
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Family owned - food is excellent whether you like their ribs, steaks, chicken or seafood. Casual atmosphere, no reservations so at times you will stand in line to get seated but well worth it. They do sell their bottled BarBQue Sauce and will cater for parties.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Like was mentioned don't let the outside turn you away. Inside decor isn't much better, but the service was friendly and the ribs are very good. Expect typical supper club iceberg lettuce salad, poor beer selection, average bar. By the way CASH only, luckily we just had enough to cover bill and ATM was broke, sorry no tip.

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Our family has been visiting this wonderful local establishment for nearly 15 years, and you must put them on your list if you enjoy "fall-off-the-bone" tender pork ribs. Don't let the exterior appearance fool you -- I think they have left it somewhat downscale to discourage out-of-towners that aren't serious about a great no-frills meal in order to save space for the locals! However, whether you're a local or a traveler, you will not be disappointed, but you must order the ribs since that's their specialty. Also, there is probably no other restaurant that will bring you your own personal bowl of warm water to tidy yourself up before you leave! Oh ... and one other thing ... bring your check book or cash since they don't take credit cards. Note that they have an ATM inside in case you need this. Enjoy!

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Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our daughter married a great guy from Waterloo, IA, and every time we visit we eat ribs at the Hickory House. If someone didn't tell you, you would never stop at this hole-in-the-wall, but they have the best ribs and home-made blue cheese dressing we've ever eaten. When I say fall-off-the-bone ribs, I mean the ribs are completely clean. Try their crispy hash browns with the ribs. You WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED. We also enjoyed the fresh relish tray and bread basket. If you are looking for fancy, go somewhere else. Friendly staff and good food make it easy to overlook the decor. This place is a favorite for the locals!!

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1  Thank Alicia N
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

I've never been inclined to write a review, because I've never had an experience that was so disturbing. We were recently in town on business, and went there on a recommendation and we will forever regret it. Friendly staff.....that's it. Food was terrible (and that is being kind). The free rib samples had no bones ? The menu prices were insulting (20.00 for chopped sirloin)......not to mention the menus were old, dirty, and had grease stains. The decor was depressing......basemant paneling wall to wall (and even on the ceiling).The salad had nothing but iceberg lettuce (most likely from a bag). When we asked about the Grade of beef that they used....we were told "filet mignon". When we politely informed them that "filet" is not a Grade....we were told that no one has ever asked that question. Needless to say.....I now know why they couldn't answer our question. It was cow meat at best....steaks appeared to have been pan fried (not grilled).....overcooked.....and tasted like liver. Our choices for a "side dish" included tomato juice or orange juice. That's right.....tomato juice or orange juice ! At that time we should have gotten up to leave, but instead were looking for hidden cameras as it was obvious that we were part of a very bad joke. As it turns out.....the joke was on us. I grew up in Iowa and was looking forward to food reminiscent of our agricultural reputation. Not at this place.....and they don't even take credit cards. Save your money for an experience much more deserving. Avoid Avoid Avoid !

Shocked and Embarrassed Native Iowan

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