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Smokey D's BBQ

5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
+1 515-243-2747
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“burnt ends” (113 reviews)
“ribs” (160 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They need a badge that says you are a first-time patron as we ordered the egg rolls then The Farmhand, she was going to ring us up when I ordered the comfort food platter of ham balls ,mashed potatoes and corn. Not long after sitting...More

Thank Crboogie
Reviewed 5 days ago

Was at a class and couple of co-workers had been here a few weeks earlier. I can see why they raved about it, it was great. I had brisket and the sides I chose were really good. Would definately return!

Thank Luv2FishAlways
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ribs to die for, brisket, pulled pork. I wake up at night thinking about this busy joint just off I 80 where barbecued burnt ends meet home style baked beans. God bless this wonderful place.

Thank Paul G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nachos are not good, way to Velveeta cheesy, chips are bad came out cold it's a heart attack on a plate.

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be prepared to wait in line but it moves at a good pace and food is delivered in a very timely manner. Lots of choices for BBQ and sides. Service is excellent for a self service restaurant.

Thank Fred A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by for lunch and was a little worried about it being so busy. But, we got in line to order and was amazed how quickly we were able to get out order put in, and got our food. The BBQ is great!!! I...More

Thank bbbob17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not a big fan of standing in line to order but it's worth the wait. Their bbq is excellent, one of the busiest bbq restaurants in town. Great food

Thank Jeff O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I admit I'm not a huge BBQ fan so it is hard to impress me but I really enjoyed the Turkey Club that I had at Smokey D's. The meat was piled on a soft bun with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. I added a...More

Thank Cortney P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Smoky D's is well known for it's BBQ. Whether it's pulled pork, brisket, chicken or any of their side dishes its hard to beat them for both value and absolutely good food. If I was doing takeout or planning a party this would be it....More

Thank 629garye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Any meat choice here is good but we especially like the burnt ends. The jalapeno corn isn't on the 'sides' menu board but be sure to ask for this if you like spicy. I never leave without buying a bottle of sauce to use at...More

Thank BeachKate
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Denise W
19 February 2017|
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Response from RandyDeb01 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They had a really cool frozen strip to keep your drink on too!!But last time I was there it wasn't working. Reasonable prices too
4 January 2017|
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Response from IslandTan | Reviewed this property |
Call or stop in. They are very friendly and easy to work with.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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 50313-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2747
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"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".

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