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Woody's Smoke Shack

2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
+1 515-277-0005
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“cheesy potatoes” (12 reviews)
“cornbread” (35 reviews)
“ribs” (34 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Woody's is a small local gem - and it is best as a go to for to-go food due to the limited seating, etc... They have complimentary corn bread, which is delicious covered in their honey! All of the sides almost outshine the meats -...More

Thank rdubbs08
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place for business group drinking from the bar with snacks n appetizers. I would not recommend the ribs but highly recommend prime rib sandwich. Again fun place n ambiance for adults n young adults. Can be family friendly Sunday. Tasty BIG onion rings.

Thank Dominic G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We finally tried Woody’s for a sit-down meal. We have ordered their ribs for carry-out before, but we met friends for a meal here and loved it. Our friends can only eat Gluten Free and this was one of the big pluses for Woody's. They...More

Thank IowaMum
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Always good, always consistent. Woody's is my goto for good BBQ. Reasonable prices, superb meats, you won't be disappointed. The cornbread is a must try too.

Thank mhelmore
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for some burnt ends. Very goooood! Neat little place. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Don't forget the complimentary cornbread. Yummmm.

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 7 September 2017

For a little hole in the wall they do a great job. I've seen tons of people do carry out here, I haven't. A little pricie but you pay for what you get. You wont be disappointing.

Thank Gerrit V
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the friendly service and great food! Ribs fell off the bone. Sauce was really tasty. Collard greens and cheesy potatoes were excellent. So many great sides to choose from. We'll be back.

Thank GroceryManAndGirls
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Woody's is hidden gem near Drake University in Des Moines, and you will discover, is a quaint restaurant. The food speaks for itself and the staff is helpful and knowledgeable of their offerings. Woody's floor space is a little tight, and there is a patio...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

This is he second time my husband and I have stopped at Woody's while passing through Des Moines on a road trip. We remembered it being so good from last year we made sure to stop again this trip and it did not disappoint. Fall-off-the-bone...More

Thank Msearl19
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Small place with a down home feel. I got excited to see the cheesy jalapeno grits, they did not fail me. Brisket and pork were both delicious. No complaints, will definitely return and recommend.

Thank Pattie S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 PM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210 (Formerly Sammie Jack's)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-0005
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