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Hickory Park Restaurant

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1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
+1 515-232-8940
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10:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Hector, Minnesota
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Traveling to Branson, we decided to stop for lunch and Hickory Park was the choice! While our son was attending Iowa State University, HIckory Park was always a favorite restaurant. It is always busy, but handled service in a timely manner. The food is great and ice cream treats are a must!! The malts are shareable because of size.

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Thank 49KathyJ
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I are both Iowa State Alumni, and actually had our first official date here many moons ago. This restaurant is always fast, friendly, and delicious. I highly recommend the baby back pork ribs! You can also order and take home their delicious sauce. The wait can be a bit much at times (game day), but it's worth... More 

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Thank KevinPetty
Iowa
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Excellent food and service. My son HS a nut allergy and they are excellent about accommodations. Great BBQ and ice cream. Good prices.

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Thank IowaTraveler123
Ames, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My husband and I had a meal and beverages for $20- very reasonable for the quality of the food. It can be kind of noisy in the restaurant.

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Thank jkjn92
Ames, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This isn't exactly a restaurant vegetarians flock to when they come to town - it's a BBQ place, and by most accounts a pretty darn good one for those who eat meat. But I still enjoy going there - partly because it's a fun place to go with friends, partly because it's fairly affordable, and partly because the veggie burger... More 

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Thank AmesVegetarian
Altoona, Iowa
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have eaten here many times and it is always packed with customers. The BBQ is excellent. The service is very fast. The prices are competitive. Just don't go there when there is an Iowa State University athletic event.

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Cross Junction, Virginia
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89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Large family-style barbecue joint. Charming old-style interior with friendly, efficient wait staff. Lots of menu choices including smoked meats. Turkey comes sliced and pulled - same for beef and pork. Nice selection of combo plates plus good selection of sides. Ice cream is a specialty. Near but not close to the University. My pork ribs were average - sweet potato... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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334 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hickory Park Restaurant is a must do in Ames, Iowa because of the quality of the meals, reasonable prices, and great service. The only downside is this eatery is very popular and it is possible to wait to be seated. We arrived at 4:00pm and zipped right in for a dandy meal. I especially liked the pulled pork sandwich on... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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409 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped by for a business lunch with some customers. Had a great BBQ meal for lunch with pretty good responsive service. I doubt you can go wrong with anything in the place from what I saw and heard from the folks in our group who visit hear often

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Thank 07BigBlue
Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We got the variety platter. Ribs, ham, brisket, etc. ALL were just excellent. The buttered corn, slaw and every other side dish was top notch. Be sure to leave room for dessert!! To top it off, the price is very reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 - 21:00
Monday
10:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
10:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
10:30 - 21:00
Thursday
10:30 - 21:00
Friday
10:30 - 22:00
Saturday
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-8940

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?