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Smokin' Jakes

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American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
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117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331-7780
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Windom, Minnesota
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Went on a Monday evening with a friend and the service was great. Our waitress was very friendly and served us quickly. The special was the roast beef brisket for $7 and it was very good. It was so much food I couldn't finish it all so it was a very good deal. The only thing that was a little... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Went here to grab lunch to go. The waitress was very friendly but when I got home to eat my food I was fairly disappointed. I paid $13 for the rib sampler, which include one side. I had 4 small rib bones and a not even a handful of steak fries. Quantity for price is not worth it. Now for... More 

Thank shawn k
Spirit Lake, Iowa
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We stopped on a Sunday around noon. The place was empty except for two people and a waitress visiting with them. The waitress glanced at us when we entered and continued visiting. We waited to see if she wanted to seat us for several minutes, then decided perhaps we were to seat ourselves and did so. We waited, the waitress... More 

Thank AnnofIowa
Ida Grove, Iowa
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We eat here almost every time we go up to the Lakes. The BBQ is delicious and the ribs are so tender and tasty. It has fun décor. Waitresses are helpful with good service. I recommend.

Thank Jean B
Madison, Wisconsin
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129 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Great happy hour beers - liter steins for $2.50 from 5-6 pm. Their special on Thursday is a 1/2 pound burger with two toppings and one side for $7. We ordered the burger medium, medium rare and it was done to perfection. We were told that at times the lines are out the door for this special, but when we... More 

Thank Dawn E
Elgin, Illinois, United States
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016

A barbecue restaurant with no pulled pork? That's wrong! They slice their meat instead. I ordered the Philly beef sandwich which was very good. My wife ordered the beef patty melt. That was over cooked and dry. The soups, the bake beans, and fries were barely warm.i loved the atmosphere and our waiter, Hunter was great. May be it was... More 

Thank Robert J
Arnolds Park, Iowa
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

This is a fun little hole in the wall place on the "strip" in Arnolds Park. The food is excellent- well seasoned and juicy meat. I had the beef brisket - tender and flavorful. Great selection of beer and really great staff. Fun place to gather with friends at night and great place for a quick lunch

Thank sarahadwoa
Lakefield, Minnesota
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

Husband & I stopped in 3pm on a Wednesday to grab a bite. Obviously off hours - waitress was only person to be seen. Had turkey sandwich, "homemade soup, it's really good", burger & fries, coffee, draft beer. Burger & fries were nothing special. Soup was NOT good (unless you love gooey canned-like gravy with ground mystery meat and chunks... More 

Thank VirginiaS203
Midwest USA
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015 via mobile

Hungry for BBQ so I stopped by Smokin' Jackes in Arnold's Park. No wait for seating, waitress was very prompt, decor was typical for a BBQ restaurant. Decided to order the smoked pork chop special which was excellent. Meal consisted of two smoked chops, large portion of hash browns, smoked baked beans, and an excellent BBQ sauce. Great meal for... More 

Thank Dutch1
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Very tasty, ample portions. Had to get a to go box. Almost all of the meat is smoked so if that is not for you want then you may want to try elsewhere. There are plenty of choices on menu though - appetizers, sandwiches, entrees, combo platters, drinks were very good and service was attentive & prompt.

Thank Amy A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W Broadway St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331-7780
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Arnolds Park

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?