Iowa BBQ

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2004/06/28 12:15:33 (permalink)

Iowa BBQ

Planning a trip to visit the in-laws around Mason City, Ia.
Any good BBQ joints close ?
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    santacruz
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/06/28 12:53:47 (permalink)
    The Halfmoon Inn has pretty good Rib's. It is near the Surf Ballroom,
    where Buddy Holly did his last gig, In Clear Lake Iowa, not far from Mason.
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    Theedge
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/06/28 13:33:05 (permalink)
    Not sure about bbq down there. My sister lives in Mason City and the place everyone raves about is the Northwesten Steak house. They fry them up in an insane amount of butter. On weekends you can wait for hours, Weekdays you should be able to get in. I've posted a link.

    http://www.masoncityia.com/northwestern/
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    BBQ Barney
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/04 21:49:09 (permalink)
    Iowa BBQ??????? None!!!
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    Jim Ross
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 01:03:01 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by BBQ Barney

    Iowa BBQ??????? None!!!



    Barney, Barney, Barney, drive up the road to Hickory Park in Ames!
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 01:25:52 (permalink)
    Bill's Bar-B-Q at 215 S. Madison in Mason City. Don't expect much in the way of atmosphere or selection (your choice is ribs or more ribs, with beans, slaw, and bread), but, unlike many BBQ places in Iowa, the meat's actually hung over smoke. Papa's American Cafe on Highway 122 East has barbecue ribs and chicken which have also actually been smoked.

    Gad, how terrible that in my home state the best thing I can say about a barbecue place is that the meat's actually been smoked. Really, though, Bill's is pretty good. The Half Moon has more-than-decent hamburgers; I've never had the ribs there.
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 11:04:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Jim Ross

    quote:
    Originally posted by BBQ Barney

    Iowa BBQ??????? None!!!



    Barney, Barney, Barney, drive up the road to Hickory Park in Ames!


    Sorry Jim, Hickory is OK for a sandwich and ice cream, but I don't find the BBQ exciting. There may be hope for Mississippi Matt's BBQ out of Dallas Center--tried it at Des Moines farmers' mkt, and enjoyed.
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 11:35:24 (permalink)
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    Sorry Jim, Hickory is OK for a sandwich and ice cream, but I don't find the BBQ exciting. There may be hope for Mississippi Matt's BBQ out of Dallas Center--tried it at Des Moines farmers' mkt, and enjoyed.


    This displaced Iowan agrees: Hickory Park is not that great. Big Daddy's in Des Moines has good BBQ, too.
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 19:29:05 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Hastyman

    quote:
    Sorry Jim, Hickory is OK for a sandwich and ice cream, but I don't find the BBQ exciting. There may be hope for Mississippi Matt's BBQ out of Dallas Center--tried it at Des Moines farmers' mkt, and enjoyed.


    This displaced Iowan agrees: Hickory Park is not that great. Big Daddy's in Des Moines has good BBQ, too.


    Sadly, Big Daddy passed away several weeks ago---restaurant is closed, but sauces still available at retail outlets.
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    RE: Iowa BBQ 2004/07/05 21:36:56 (permalink)
    Would Hickory Park in Ames be this huge, overbusy, terribly noisy place? My cousin took me there, and I can't put my finger on it, but I didn't much like the ribs... or anything else. Aren't their ribs what you'd call "chewy"?
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