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Jimmy Jack’s East Side

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1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108
+1 319-354-7427
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered the supreme sandwich with corn bread, cold slaw and fries. The sandwich was very juicy and tasty. The sides were very good as well. I even like their fries even though I usually don't eat fries. Some other people in my group ordered ribs which looked great. Service was friendly and prompt. The place itself was clean and... More 

Thank GiangRyan
Cedar Falls, IA
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has, hands down, the best rueben I've ever had. I was broken hearted at my last visit though, as they don't keep them on the menu all year. We had the barbecue , which was fine. But not worth making a special trip off the highway(we don't live in Iowa City) which we did. I would absolutely make... More 

Thank Suzanne O
Quad Cities USA
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284 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time at Jimmy Jacks and won't be our last. Our crew had ribs, pulled pork, and chix; all were declared delicious. I've enjoyed bbq all over...from Carolina to KC, Big D to Tennessee, and Jimmy's stands with the best. You know ribs are rubbed right when they don't need sauce and these didn't (although the numerous sauce choices are... More 

Thank blandboy
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our recent visit to Iowa City, Iowa, (we have to go there twice a year). We were in the mood for good BBQ ribs. Our hotel was in Coralville but that didn't matter. Besides great food we look for ease of parking and even getting to and from the restaurant. We also like to be able to sit down... More 

Thank jerry m
Iowa City
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Jimmy Jacks offers up amazing BBQ and moist, tender smoked meats and the Corn Bread is absolutely heavenly.

Thank MnShine
Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried this place last night. My husband got the half rack of ribs, and I got pulled pork sandwich and a piece of corn bread. We each brought some home. The person who took our order might have been the owner, but he was very helpful to me as I decided what to order, and quick to check on... More 

Thank conradfoll
Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We have been going here now for several years. It is one of the best BBQ places I have been to all around the world. My wife and I usually split a Half and Half combo and that's plenty. It's so good, but we limit ourselves to just 4 times a year.

Thank Q1529AZKaren
Iowa City, Iowa
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Still the great BBQ as when they began years ago. Good combination of chicken pork brisket in delicious sandwiches. Great fries and the staple moist cornbread. They have recently expanded the kitchen/smokehouse area considerably. New Orleans style eatery. 2 thumbs up.

Thank Skypond3041
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

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Iowa City, Iowa
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We've had BBQ from Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, and every other corner of the Midwest. My family still prefers Jimmy Jacks Rib Shack over them all. The beef brisket sandwich smothered in carolina mustard is to die for. The ribs are perfectly smokey and filled with meat. Sometimes, we stop by for a slice of honey cornbread just because. It's the... More 

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Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words. More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We ate here and the food is delicious. You wouldn't think of it as fast food if you didn't know. The sandwiches are really good and the fries are good too. Seasoned just right. the cornbread is okay. I have had better but it is okay. You get a nice portion.They have a patio that you can set outside if... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
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: 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?