BBQ Restaurants in West Des Moines

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Since Mustard's Restaurant opened in 1971, the eatery has won acclaim in barbecue contests and sauce-athons across the country. Chicken, beef, and pork cook slowly over smoldering apple and cherry woods that infuse the meats with delicate smoky flavor. House condiments bearing titles such as Mean Mustard or The Sauce enhance baby back ribs and char-broiled burgers. Diners can even divvy up slices of New York?style thin crust pizzas, topped with barbecue sauce and chicken or covered with customizable fixings and trained to lie flat instead of folding in half. Mustard's also caters events with platters of bite-size snacks or buffet-style barbecue fare.

6611 University Ave
Windsor Heights,
IA
US

Bennigan’s evokes a spirit of Irish hospitality with Celtic-inflected fare and generous portions, evidenced in their half-pound burgers and overflowing pints. The eatery’s focuses on hearty meat dishes such as the pot roast doused in red-ale gravy, the new york strip steak, and baby-back ribs. Half-pound single-patty burgers, such as the Guinness-glazed bacon burger, kneel before The Big Irish, a two-patty tower interspersed with three bun slices. Alternatively, groups can share plates of snacks such as bacon-cheeseburger chips—kettle chips topped in ground beef, bacon bits, and cheese—as they cheer for their favorite team or shout the species of their favorite mascot during televised games.

1810 Army Post Rd
Des Moines,
IA
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A delicious monument to '50s-era nostalgia, 5 & Diner dishes out a dawn-to-dusk menu of burgers and classic comfort fare. At the stroke of lunch, charbroiled hamburger reins supreme, ensconced between adoring buns and draped with garlands of fixings, special sauce, and a bounty of seasoned fries, coleslaw, or potato chips. Bite into the bacon-pepper-jack burger ($8.79) flanked by a cheese-kissed side of chili fries ($4.79), or explore patty permutations with a tray of cheese-slicked slider bites ($6.99). Vegetarians can graze on the charbroiled portobello-mushroom burger festooned with swiss cheese and tangy oriental sauce ($8.29), and bun eschewers can chew on the Cadillac meat loaf, a homemade meatberg piled with bacon, mushrooms, and onion straws ($11.29).

5015 E University Ave
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

Players Sports Bar & Grill treats its patrons to fun nights out with friends and neighbors, as well as a tasty spread of chicken wings, sirloin steaks, beer-battered fish and chips, and hearty half-pound prime Angus burgers. Guests pair their pub fare with frosty beers or specialty drinks such as the creamy Bailey's caramel shake or a fruit-flavored Melontini.


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1760 Beaver Ave
Des Moines,
IA
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909 Robert D Ray Dr
Des Moines,
IA
US

It was a long, 18-month process rehabbing the historic Ankeny landmark. Finally, on October 16th, 2012, local couple Matt and Jessie Sims’ cut the ribbon on their very own Number 7 brewpub. The menu had everything they’d hope for––house-made beer and slow-smoked barbeque. It also had farm-fresh ingredients, sourced from local Iowa family plots. While dining on brisket or smoked spare ribs, diners may even catch Matt and Jessie gabbing about their long but worthwhile journey renovating one of the oldest buildings in town.

302 SW Maple St
Ankeny,
IA
US