Claxon's Smokehouse and Grill

103 8th St. SE, Altoona, IA 50009 Directions
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Report | a day ago
I love the brisket here! Also everything else, but the brisket is tender and sooo awesome! Service is great from everyone I've had wait on me as well. The place is very family friendly, but also great for a night out with friends.
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Report | 5 days ago
The service is awesome and the food is delicious! I'm usually afraid to try new things but haven't found a meal here that I haven't liked!
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Report | 18 days ago
Service was awesome! Plenty of good food.
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Report | 19 days ago
Great food and service!
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Report | 19 days ago
The smoked prime rib is to die for. Also loved that they have healthy veggie sides to choose from.
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Report | 21 days ago
Good for. Good prices. Very friendly
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Report | 25 days ago
Great food and service!
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Report | a month ago
was a little disappointed in the side dish fried corn, Brisket, Burnt Ends were very good.
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Report | a month ago
i found I didn't need to use the bbq sauce as the meat had a good smoked flavor to it.
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Report | a month ago
Onion rings are shoestring like....and the very best!
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Metromix ranked Claxon’s Smokehouse and Grill as one of the five best barbecue spots in Des Moines—but that’s just the start. More than a decade's worth of accolades trail behind the restaurant like drops of warm barbecue sauce, leading all the way back to 2002, when a perfectly cooked pork loin nabbed the eatery first place at the World Pork Expo. Today, grill maestros Adam, Andy, and Ronald helm the kitchen, hand-rubbing turkey, chicken, and baby-back ribs in their signature black gold rub before slow-smoking each succulent cut over hickory, oak, and smoldering cook books. Claxon's open dining room, complete with a mammoth stacked-stone fireplace, surrounds guests as they tear into ham, sausage, and tender brisket. Modern lights hang above the full bar, casting plates of pan-seared shrimp and fried pub pickles in a tobasco-colored glow, while umbrellas shield diners from the sun and rain on the outdoor patio.

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Many people described the Prime Rib as Great.
+ 86%
- 14%


Many people described the Brisket as Favorite. Others thought:
+ 50%

  • Favorite
  • Nice
  • Good
- 50%

  • Dry
+ 67%
- 33%


Many people described the Ribs as Amazing. Others thought:
+ 73%

  • Amazing
  • Good
  • Great
  • Delicious
  • Fantastic
- 27%

  • Spicy
  • Dry
Many people described the Potatoes as Awesome. Others thought:
+ 80%

  • Awesome
- 20%

  • Mashed
Many people described the Steak as Amazing.
+ 80%
- 20%


+ 50%
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Many people described the Meat as Tender. Others thought:
+ 71%

  • Tender
  • Great
  • Good
- 29%

  • Dry
Many people described the Portions as Large.
+ 90%
- 10%


Many people described the Waitress as Great.
+ 93%
- 7%