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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
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank Q1529AZKaren
Iowa City, Iowa
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Renee H
Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

My wife and I thought their food was wonderful!!! We keep going back for more. Cozy place with a great atmosphere!

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Thank Sanecow
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Maybe it's because my wife is from the south, and maybe it's because I grew up with serious barbecue. But Jimmy Jack's is simply overpriced for the relatively flavorless food it serves. Their portions are too small, there's a lack of options for sides, and I've tried it several times and I've simply never been impressed. To be sure, it's... More 

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Thank Robert C
Iowa City, Iowa
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Just ate here this weekend! The fries are to die for and the barbecue is amazing. The only thing I don't like is the cramped quarters of the dining room. Lots of people crammed into a small space. Everyone kept running into each other just to get to the condiments/ sauces/ pop machine. The good is quite delicious the atmosphere... More 

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Thank kidsmom1999
Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack’s East Side, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I would like to apologies for cramped feeling, it does get crowded. I would suggest you try our new location downtown Iowa City. It is same great food and a much larger space. Thanks for stopping in Jack More 

Iowa City, Iowa
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251 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

This was on our bucket list of best BBQ places in the U.S.and we are so happy to have it just down the road from us. They have lots of fun sauces to try! I love the atmosphere of the place as well and the service was fantastic.

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Thank Cassie W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Best BBQ in IC area. Good flavor and portions. Offer a variety from smoked turkey, brisket, pulled pork, ribs and sausage. I always get their brisket meal, thick slice of corn bread with honey cooked throughout and a side of crispy fries. They offer complimentary homemade BBQ sauces also. Would recommend if in IC area.

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Thank Dustin L
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I love eating this BBQ, beans and slaw! It is mouth-watering, made locally overnight! They have many sauces and condiments to choose from, just help yourself! The staff is always great with smiles and helpfulness. I can eat GF there and stuff myself, if I wish. I drive a long way just to eat there, really!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?