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Jethro's BBQ LakeHouse

1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good43%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“pulled pork” (17 reviews)
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American, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

We needed a place to eat before a concert near by on a Friday evening. We arrived at 6 pm before the 7 pm concert—-had plenty of time. we told our waiter ahead of time that we needed to be done quickly, and was given...More

1  Thank frangriffith1358
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Love the tenderloin sandwich, but take almost 2/3 home it's sooo big. Fried pickles are also good and fries. Hubby ordered smoked sausage and it was so spicy hot he couldn't eat it. Overall a good place to eat but I don't recommend it for...More

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Stopped in again to give the restaurant another shot. Was there with co-workers. This time, the service was much quicker and better than last time. Drinks came to the table within a couple of minutes of order them. Our food came out nice and hot...More

2  Thank Tim S
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

We were in here last week and had great food. Chopped brisket, sliced ham, Mac&Cheese, and applesauce were all wonderful. Clean. Family friendly. Budget friendly. Friendly staff. Plenty of parking. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. Yes, we did visit every single Jethro's to...More

3  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Our biking group have breakfast here occasionally. The food portions are large. Servers are great. The only complaint is the nice level. There is nothing to help keep the noice level down a bit. Biscuits and gravy are awesome.

3  Thank Miata P
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Been there many times but not my favorite...don't like BBQ for the most part and the rest of the menu is very common....Very open and very loud inside ....

Thank Rex Z
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Living in Polk City (nearby town), I often traveled to Ankeny often and BBQ is my favorite type of food. The prices are definitely in mid price range, but the food is amazing. The Jethro is a great sandwich to eat and really filling if...More

Thank Brett A
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Honestly, not really sure what all the hype is about these Jethro's BBQ joints here in the Des Moines area. To me, just like another person had said, it's just another BBQ place. I had the Brisket Platter for dinner, the pulled brisket was very...More

3  Thank Tim S
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

This is just an average BBQ place that is surrounded with way too much hype. The meet had HUGE chunks of fat. The sauce tasted like ketchup. But hey, they have lots of TV screens. Lol. I won't be back.

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

In a country with an abundance of BBQ restaurants, quality and taste are often very subjective. While likely not the most memorable BBQ dinner I've had; nonetheless, it was a decent meal: Plate of brisket, pulled pork, jalapeño creamed corn, red beans & rice, and...More

2  Thank Keystone_Traveler
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: 515-289-4444
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