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Claxon's Smokehouse & Grill
Barbecue Restaurant$
Today 11AM–9PM
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3131 8th St SW Altoona, IA 50009
3131 8th Street SouthwestUSIowaAltoona50009
(515) 967-7979claxonbbq.com
$Barbecue Restaurant, Southern Restaurant (US)
Barbecue Restaurant
Southern Restaurant (US)
Steak House
Today 11AM–9PM
Thursday 11AM–9PMFriday 11AM–10PMSaturday 11AM–10PMSunday 11AM–9PMMonday 11AM–9PMTuesday 11AM–9PMWednesday 11AM–9PM
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Hand-rubbed smoked meats served in a modern, open dining room complete with a fireplace.- Google
"We ordered Cheese grits and Jalapeno sweet butter for the Jalapeno Corn Bread."
"The service and the value of the food ruined the experience."
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Daniel Mendrala
2 months ago
Food was good for the price, service was fair. The bartender sat our group, and was very obviously not happy to do so. She literally threw our menus onto the table, didnt say a word to us, then returned to chatting with customers at the bar. Our waitress was nice, knowledgeable and friendly enough. We won't be returning anytime soon as a few of our group spent a large portion of our afternoon in the restroom. Can't say for certain Claxons was to blame, but none of us are too eager to find out.
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Joshua Cory
3 months ago
I just had my second visit to Claxons and both were disappointing. I gave it a second chance in case the first was a fluke. Their meats are pretty bland. Very little smoke flavor in their food. There were no smoke rings in their meats. The only way to get flavor into their food is to slather it in bbq sauce. If that's your cup of tea, go ahead. But I prefer meats dry rubbed, juicy, and smokey. Not dry and have to rely on sauce for flavor. Their burnt ends are more like shredded beef than charred pieces. And their ribs were tough to pull the meat off of the bone.
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Zachary Pettey
7 months ago
Decent atmosphere. Good food! A little loud due to the stuctual design and TV's playing.
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Jennifer Velde
7 months ago
My family and I wanted BBQ. Found a Groupon and thought we would try it out. GREAT DECISION! I asked my husband before our main food came if he thought we would be back, he said he would not drive from the Waukee for bbq. After the meal, he said he would absolutely drive back for those ribs. The service was a little slow bit but we expect that with FRESH bbq- well worth the wait. We will be back. The service was also wonderful. There was some miscommunication about the 'spicyiness' of wing sauce but the manager came out and made it right. Glad Groupon brought brought us to Claxtons.
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Response from the owner - 7 months ago
Thank you Jennifer!!
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Chris Backstrom
3 weeks ago
The couple in your radio ads really need couple's therapy. The guy is obviously going to Claxons to avoid his screaming, angry wife. It saddens me to hear this poor guy suffering through a loveless marriage. Thank goodness your ribs give him a brief moment of happiness.
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Brian Bronson
4 months ago
Great experience and great food. I think between the six of us we had all the meats. Can't wait to come back!
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank-you Brian! The pleasure was ours!
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SCOTT Hanner
4 months ago
Paid 20 dollars for the ribeye special and I got 10 oz. Of pure fat that was cooked wrong and my best friend actually choked on his ribeye. I won't be coming back here, and I don't recommend it.
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Dawn Tarbox
4 months ago
The staff is very friendly, and very gluten knowledgeable. The food was AMAZING, the best BBQ we have eaten in a long time. And the prices were very reasonable. Definitely can't wait to come back.
Response from the owner - 4 months ago
Thank-you Dawn!

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