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Old Armory BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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421 W Water St Ste 102, Decorah, IA 52101-1700
+1 563-382-6208
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Dixon, Illinois
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for BBQ lunch - amazing tacos!! Loved - loved - loved! Great variety - brisket - chicken - pull pork - wonderful BBQ sauces to accompany each. Personal favorite was Chipotle BBQ. Homemade chips with smoked onion dip was also great - thanks!!!

Thank nancylee54
Palatine, Illinois
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249 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went in as it advertised top 10 BBC in Iowa. I wholeheartedly agree. I had the pulled pork and chose my own sauce (Memphis and Ghost) are both great. Sides of beans and potatoes were excellent. The corn muffin was to die for. Food was delivered to the table. Don't miss this stop.

Thank bLiselotte
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64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the best bbq I have had in a long time. Had pulled pork platter with potato salad and slaw with a jalapeno corn muffin that was to die for. Pick up your own drinks and silver but that is a small deal with the portion size and taste. Wife hah smoked turkey sandwich with sweet potato tots and was... More 

Thank Roy P
Galena, Illinois
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52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

My wife and I were passing through Decorah and decided to stop in for some BBQ. With both of us being from the South and having grown up on BBQ it can be difficult to impress us. The Old Armory BBQ did just that. The meat was moist and well smoked. No need for the sauces but they were good... More 

Thank PatRussell
Toddville, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Decorah had best BBQ ever! We have traveled throughout the south & never had better. Just right blend of smoke seasoning & good quality meat. Comfortable relaxed atmosphere. Variety of regional sauces to try on side. You won't find better.

Thank jim p
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252 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Of the two BBQ places in D-town, this one comes in second for me. I've always gotten the impression that this bbq is too "dressed up". Rather, the meat is usually tender, but I haven't found the flavor in the meat to be there. The sides are very flavorful, but they are "Hipster" style...so to speak. Potato wedges have jalapeño... More 

Thank Jason R
Decorah, Iowa
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This restaurant is willing to try foods that are not typical. For those with an open mind, this place can pay off. It is not Perkins or McDonalds or Subway. The sandwixhes are unique and the sides are variable. Beer too.

Thank englishlange
Decorah, Iowa
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Specials on most days, Mondays are burger specials, but I never miss "Wing Wednesday", what a deal and delicious!

Thank cruiserinc
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Was good, not amazing bbq. You order at the counter, you get your own drinks, silverware, napkins. Dessert was not good. Food was quick. Homemade dressings for salad were very good. Cornbread muffin, ok.

Thank Nathan C
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82 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

We met my daughter's young family, which includes her husband and infant daughter, at the Old Armory BBQ at 5:30 on a Friday night. It was early and the Taste of Winneshiek Festival with its free food and beer and wine had begun elsewhere at 5:00 downtown. My husband, being not that hungry, ordered the appetizer of three tacos with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 421 W Water St Ste 102, Decorah, IA 52101-1700
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-6208
Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pmFriday & Saturday 11 am - 10 pmSunday 11am - 8 pm

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