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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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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“cheesy potatoes” (12 reviews)
“cornbread” (36 reviews)
“ribs” (35 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If there was a higher rating I would click on it. The food is absolutely amazing. I was with a colleague in Des Moines recently and we stopped here for a bite. Afterwards, he asked me how I liked the food. I told him that...More

Thank jettasback
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

We LOVE their bbq ribs. The sauce is the perfect level of spice, not too sweet. Love the quirkiness of the place which makes us forgive the occasional off day where the cornbread is stale or not mixed well. It was always better when the...More

Thank Lizn8tr
Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

This is the type of place I seek out when traveling. Old, friendly, maintained, great food at greater prices. We split a 2 meat combo with cold slaw, tater salad, chicken and brisket. For a nominal sum we added a side of Apple crisp which...More

Thank Marcus N
Reviewed 10 November 2017

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 26 October 2017 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 22 October 2017

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 BarelyHome
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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