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Smokey D's BBQ

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5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA
+1 515-243-2747
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Almost everyone I talk to says this is the best BBQ in town. Sorry, I don't see the attraction. It is okay, but in my opinion, that's all. Please, try it yourself and see. Maybe I'm wrong, I hope so. It is often hard to get in to because it is so busy. Lots of people love it. The cheesy... More 

Thank seacorp
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The food was fine but not outstanding to the price. I got the ribs and the taste was fine but the were a bit too chewy for my taste

Thank Mads Madsen H
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a family friendly, quick stop just off the interstate with great food (exit 135 next to the Harley Davidson shop). We particularly like the potato salad that has a kick of horseradish in it, and of course, the pulled pork or brisket. Their Sassy BBQ sauce makes it the best! And you can eat the bar and get... More 

Thank Mikethedog
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best BBQ ever. We eat here at least once a week! Highly recommended. Have tried most of menu. Like everything.

Thank tcalmj
Baxter, Minnesota
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, great ribs. My husband had the brisket sandwich with the rib add on and should have had a plate of just the ribs. The brisket was really good but the ribs were great! I normally do not like BBQ but had the chicken sandwich and it was also good. Great place for lunch.

Thank lisadeew
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a must place to eat BBQ, the Brunt ends are awesome and the nachos you better split with someone or two.

Thank Addison B
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gotta go to Smokey D's. Invited by family there and not disappointed. Got the daily special pork meal which was plenty and priced great. Good selection of meats & sides & prices. Crowded but they more fast with order at the counter. Looking forward to trying other options...next time in Iowa. Tenderloin sounds good....

Thank ED F
LaPorte City, United States
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As soon as you walk in you see all the awards and plaques. These are a true showing of how good the food is here. You place your order and by the time you sit down and take a sip of your drink the food is there. I personally enjoy the ribs with Sassy sauce. You can order ribs that... More 

Thank Greg A
Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Has the burnt ends sandwich minus the bun. Not sure why but mine came without a bun. Oh well. They were good anyway. Sat outside. Patio was completely empty. Beautiful day. Coleslaw was not that great. Will try the cornbread on another visit. Yes, I will go back.

Thank clbosco
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Biggest Tenderloin I have seen in a long time, great burnt ends and the potato casserole is wonderful.

Thank Lisa B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2747
"Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des Moines' north side is a BBQ lovers dream and would be a real gem for travelers".

New Smokey D's location. There are two others.

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