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Woody's Smoke Shack

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2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210 (Formerly Sammie Jack's)
+1 515-277-0005
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23:00 - 20:00
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 20:00
Thu 23:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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Clive, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Woody's is one of the best kept secrets of the Des Moines Metro. Just South of the Drake area, lies the best Bar-B-Que one can enjoy. I always judge a BBQ joint by it's baby back ribs. Woody's does it right consistently! If you like baby back ribs that fall off the bone, this is your kind of place. They... More 

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Quad Cities USA
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265 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Attended a prjvate pafty here.Tender pulled pork, fork-tender brisket. Tasty sides, sauces, and most excellent apple crisp!. Dined outdoors in kind of a cramped seating area. Inside was very small. On-street parkinv. Checked out a menu, prices appeared reasonable. Service was very good, I'd dine here again...even if I had to pay for it!

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Thank blandboy
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Woody's is the only BBQ I really love. The ribs are fall off the bone juicy perfect 90% of the time, which is much better than any of the other BBQ places in town. The sides are all mediocre at best though. Don't miss the corn bread, it's amazing most of the time, but occasionally it won't taste quite right.... More 

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Thank Lizn8tr
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Burnt ends were greasey, the ribs were sparse potatoes were greasey also not very appetizing at all when you spend 20.00 for a lunch you expect a nice lunch sorry it was far from it

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Thank Michael H
Orange County, California
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Almost every time I have been to Des Moines, I stop by Woody's. Even picked up a to go order once when just driving through. They are definitely worthy of a visit. Even if you love baby back ribs, be sure to try the brisket as well. And be sure to ask where the cornbread is (a big pan near... More 

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Thank C W
Des Moines, Iowa
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

I visited this restaurant because I had read previous reviews. What a wonderful place. I had BBQ ribs with cole slaw and broccoli salad. The ribs came with five bones with meat that easily fell off. The broccoli salad was very good. Cole slaw as creamy and tasty. Corn bread is available to all with honey close by for those... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

It's very enjoyable to go to Woody's on a nice evening. Eating outdoors at this neighborhood eatery is so much like being in New Orleans. Plus they always have home made pie.

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Thank LoveTraveling54
Orange City, Iowa
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

Rustic atmosphere...small dining area....quick and friendly service. Awesome ribs and sides...gluten-free friendly foods

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Johnston, Iowa
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55 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

I eat here frequently for lunch. Have never had a bad meal at Woody's. Typically order either a brisket sandwich or baby back ribs. Most joints around Des Moines don't carry baby back ribs. I have also used them for catering on a number of occasions. They have excellent home made sides. I particularly like there pasta salad, probably best... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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127 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

I was there once the 8th 0f April for lunch. The smell is excellent when one walks in and I have never been there. One starts out ordering at the counter pay for the meal and take a number with you. We sat down and it was close to seven minutes we were served out meal. I had a brisket... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
23:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 20:00
Saturday
11:00 - 16:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?