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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
11:00 - 16:00
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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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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place is TINY! It is busy and crowded. The side dishes were good. The ribs were tender but a little fatty for my taste.. I've been told the brisket is excellent, but I haven't personally tried it. The cornbread was great.

Thank Paula D
Carol Stream, Illinois
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142 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had a fantastic lunch here. I selected the 2 meats (ribs and pork) and 2 sides (jalapeno grits and cheesy potato) combination which was fantastic. The corn bread is also out of this world. This place is not too far from Drake University and is also not too far from the highway so getting to it is easy. We... More 

Thank Gregory W
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 April 2017

The ribs were excellent, tender and smokey. Some of the most tender burnt ends that I have ever tasted. The bbq sauce was excellent, not too tangy or spicey. The sides really complimented the meal

Thank 934etheln
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Did takeout for my first try. I was very pleased with Brisket and Pulled Pork sandwhiches. The full slab of rib was also great. Would do it again, and again.

Thank Daniel D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Ambience: a converted front room in a detached home in a residential area close to downtown. We tried the ribs and the brisket on our latest BBQ adventure. The ribs are fine dry, but do try the spicy sauce, which kicks them up another notch. The brisket was lean, as one often finds it in Iowa, and correspondingly dry. The... More 

Thank jetsly
west des moines
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Consistent BBQ that delivers the flavor! Kudos for the free cornbread. Ribs were awesome and the sides are phenomenal.

Thank phartman72
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115 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing brisket! Sides so tasty and so many choices! Had brisket cheesy corn casserole and baked spicy apples along with the cornbread....delish! Forget the bun or you won't be able to finish!

Thank Dana C
Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Went with buddy to check it all out....had a big platter with most everything. NICE!! Brisket was perfect, 1/2 chicken was delicious and falling off of the bone, and ribs were good too (also falling off of the bone). Side dishes of baked beans, green beans, and mac-n-cheese were nice, but not great. Corn bread was pretty good and love... More 

Thank Warren J
Des Moines
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love Woody's where I crave it. The "Meal Deal" is the best deal. Great salads, the Pasta salad and Potato Salad are my favorite! Try the apple or cherry crisp. Don't forget to grab the free corn bread near the front door! If you are going to be there a a lot get the punch card for an evental... More 

Thank CarolBJ
West Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

I cook a mean brisket, so I am find very few restaurants that I think make a brisket better than I do. Woody's does make a better brisket than I do, and they do it on a consistent basis. The sides are varied and really good. An added bonus is the cornbread and honey you serve yourself. Des Moines is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
23:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
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?