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Old Armory BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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421 W Water St Ste 102, Decorah, IA 52101-1700
+1 563-382-6208
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Decorah, Iowa
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Specials on most days, Mondays are burger specials, but I never miss "Wing Wednesday", what a deal and delicious!

Thank cruiserinc
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was good, not amazing bbq. You order at the counter, you get your own drinks, silverware, napkins. Dessert was not good. Food was quick. Homemade dressings for salad were very good. Cornbread muffin, ok.

Thank Nathan C
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82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We met my daughter's young family, which includes her husband and infant daughter, at the Old Armory BBQ at 5:30 on a Friday night. It was early and the Taste of Winneshiek Festival with its free food and beer and wine had begun elsewhere at 5:00 downtown. My husband, being not that hungry, ordered the appetizer of three tacos with... More 

Thank Ilse035
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We've now eaten here 3 times in the 10 days that we have been in Decorah--it's that good. The brisket is mouth-watering, and the sides are great. Especially like the garlic green beans. And the cornbread that melts in your mouth. Can't say enough good things about this cute place. Don't miss it. We're from south Texas and we take... More 

Thank Kay B
Sturgeon Bay, United States
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Have wanted to try this place on past visits- now can cross it off my list. Taste of the beef brisket sandwich had good flavor and was tender, but the seasoned home made chips were over-seasoned too much. Place didn't look very clean and the eating utensils all looked dirty.

Thank Dave C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

I wet to BBC Armory for lunch and liked the catfish sandwich. It's good place if you'd like to have a local flavor meal for a reasonable price. Meals are prepaid at the counter and you can take your if you want to chat. The only bother is strong smell that sticks to your cloth, but I've had that probleminha... More 

Thank Ana Lucia H
Dodge Center, Minnesota
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We were taking our daughter on a College visit to Luther and drove down Main Street to find a place to eat. The Old Armory BBQ is what happened to catch our eye. The service was okay, the smoked beans were quite tasty but my pulled pork didn't have much flavor at all. They do put 5-6 different varieties of... More 

Thank mofitz74
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This resta was lean and quaint. Food was very good, especially the Iowa Nachos. The brisket and pulled pork were great as well. A good place for the family. Definitely a place to go if you are in the area.

Thank Norm S
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Brisket seemed fatty or seemed to have been sitting in the fat of the meat. Beer is not available. Coleslaw was good and so was the cornbread. If you get a pop, you are limited to 1 refill. I will not return. After we drove away we had an upset stomach.

Thank David J
Matt H, Owner at Old Armory BBQ, responded to this review

I apologize for your unpleasant visit. No we do not sell beer, and the refill on pop is unlimited. Not sure why you weren't allowed a refill, but all customers have to do is refill their own beverage as it is a counter service restaurant. As to getting an upset stomach, I am pretty sure that eating anything and getting... More 

La Crosse, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Had a Friday night dinner here visiting our daughter at Luther. It is small but cozy. Staff were friendly and food was great. We tried several different things between us and it was all good! Standard bbq food done well. Tried the blueberry barbecue sauce and all loved it. I do not like barbecue sauce in general and really enjoyed... More 

Thank Jacqueline G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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: 421 W Water St Ste 102, Decorah, IA 52101-1700
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6208
Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pmFriday & Saturday 11 am - 10 pmSunday 11am - 8 pm

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