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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%
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“cornbread” (31 reviews)
“ribs” (32 reviews)
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American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2511 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4210
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Woody's is hidden gem near Drake University in Des Moines, and you will discover, is a quaint restaurant. The food speaks for itself and the staff is helpful and knowledgeable of their offerings. Woody's floor space is a little tight, and there is a patio...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is he second time my husband and I have stopped at Woody's while passing through Des Moines on a road trip. We remembered it being so good from last year we made sure to stop again this trip and it did not disappoint. Fall-off-the-bone...More

Thank Msearl19
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Small place with a down home feel. I got excited to see the cheesy jalapeno grits, they did not fail me. Brisket and pork were both delicious. No complaints, will definitely return and recommend.

Thank Pattie S
Reviewed 6 July 2017

I always review a bbq place by their ribs, so that is all I know about this place. It has the look of a place I would usually love. Quick service, but the ribs were very plain, though well cooked. I read the reviews and...More

Thank Frank M
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Woody's catered our party - a rehearsal dinner for a wedding that took place the next day. OMG the food was good. Wonderful pulled pork and brisket. Corn bread as good as I've ever had. And four kinds of home made pies. I only had...More

Thank oldguyfromohio
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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
Reviewed 24 May 2017

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...More

Thank Gregory W
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
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
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....More

Thank jetsly
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Restaurant Details

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