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Your Altoona Neighborhood Sports Bar

The Story of JETHRO 'n Jake's Smokehouse Steaks Jethro grew up deep in the hills of Southern California in a little town called Beverly Hills. Jethro lived a good life there with his extended family as he swam and fished everyday in the Los Angeles River, and hunted in the palm tree forest with his bulldog named Jake. Jethro found it difficult to live off the land there in Beverly, as he never caught any fish and only found an occasional raccoon or possum in his gun sights. Jake on the other hand was fed up with poodles. So Jethro and Jake packed up and headed for the Midwest, where the creeks are full of catfish, and the hickory 'n oak forest are full of wild boars. Jethro and Jake walked East during the winter of 2007. They didn't know where they were going, but as they walked, they began hearing more and more buzz about the Land of the Bulldog in a place called Iowa. The word was spreading throughout the nation of a new energy, a new spirit, a new "Bulldog Attitude" in a city called Des Moines. Finally, in the spring of 2008 Jethro and Jake walked onto the Drake campus. On the first day, with the money his Uncle had given him, Jethro bought a 750 pound wood fired smoker. On the 2nd day, Jethro chopped down a hickory and oak tree. On the 3rd day, Jethro fired up his incredible smoker and opened the doors to his new restaurant at 3100 Forest Avenue in Des Moines. Jethro cooked and worked hard. The people of Iowa grew to love him and his food. Jethro thought for a day or two and decided that "bigger is better" and "highest is best". So with the money he saved from his restaurant, he bought a 1,400 pound wood fired smoker, hollered for Jake and headed East, up a hill, to the highest spot in Iowa. There he found a city called Altoona, where horses run fast, roller coasters scream by, teams of Rams play in the grass and the biggest store he ever did see, had his favorite fishing pole. Jethro and Jake had found a new home! Jethro is proud as a peacock to welcome you to "Your Altoona Neighborhood Sports Bar". Jethro promises that he will serve you large quantities of his "Amazing Slow Smoked Meats". Jethro and Jake are hooping and hollering excited to be a part of the friendly city of Altoona.


Travel Channel's "Man vs Food" ESPN' National "Fanwich" Runner-Up America 's "100 Best BBQ" Restaurants Better Homes and Gardens "Favorite BBQ" Men's Health Magazine "Manliest Restaurant in the Midwest" Travel Channel's Food Paradise "Manliest Restaurant" Discovery Channel 's "United States of Bacon"

Jethro is Bi-Wingual

FIXIN’S FIRST Amazing Slow Smoked Wings

Bubba’s Boneless Wings

Giant Sweet Onion Rings

Original Nachos

Hard wood smoked, fried to a crispy finish, tossed in your choice of sauces along with a bleu cheese or ranch dressing. 10 wings 10.95 20 wings 19.95 30 wings 29.95 Jethro ,s Secret, Georgia Mustard, Carolina, Alabama White, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ Rub, Traditional Buffalo, Chili Teryaki, Hot BBQ, HOT!! Buffalo, Spike's, & Ghost sauce Add 2.00 for all drummies or wingies per 10 Sweet onions hand cut, soaked in buttermilk & lightly breaded, flash fried & dusted in our famous rub. 8.95 Half order 7.95

Fried Cheese

Aged white cheddar chunks with our special country coating, served warm & gooey with our double secret chipotle garlic sauce. 7.95

Chicken Tenders

Country fried boneless chicken tenders, tossed in your choice of sauce, or have it on the side for some real dippin fun. 8.95


Fresh flour tortillas, layered with cheese & your choice of smoked chicken, brisket or pulled pork, with smoked corn pico, guacamole, sour cream. 8.95

BBQ Sliders

Smoked chicken, pulled pork, or brisket, piled high, 3 mini buns, with cheese & fried sweet onions. 9.95

Tender white meat chicken soaked in buttermilk & lightly breaded, flash fried to a crispy finish, served with your choice of sauces for dippin' Half 8.95 Full 11.95 Jethro ,s Secret, Georgia Mustard, Carolina, Alabama White, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ Rub, Traditional Buffalo, Chili Teryaki, Hot BBQ, HOT!! Buffalo, Spike's, Ghost sauce, ranch, bleu cheese

Fresh fried corn chips dusted in our special rub, smothered with white cheddar sauce & shredded cheeses, topped with your choice of house smoked chicken, brisket, or pulled pork, finished with smoked corn pico, guacamole & sour cream. Half 8.95 full 10.95

Waffle Fry Nachos

Just like our Original Nachos, we substitute waffle fries, & you pick your favorite meat. Jethro will do the rest. Half 9.95 full 11.95

Anna Kay’s Famous Artichoke Dip

Served warm & creamy loaded with spinach, artichokes & cheeses, topped with pico & served with a side of tortilla chips for dippin. 6.95

Jethro’s Rib Taster (4 bones)

Jethro smokes them all day, then he pours on sweet bourbon glaze & serves em over a bed of fries. 9.95 *18% Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more.*

GREEN STUFF & SOUPS Sally Sue Southwestern Crisp greens, topped with smoked chicken, or brisket, cheddar & Jack cheeses, pico, guacamole, sour cream & tossed in our double secret chipolte dressing. 9.95 Buffalo Chicken Crisp greens, tossed with bleu cheese dressing, topped with buffalo chicken strips & smoked corn pico. 9.95 From the Garden Crisp greens, tossed with your choice of dressing tomatoes & cheese. 6.95 Side salad. 2.50 Dressings Bleu Cheese, Chipotle Ranch, French, Fat Free Italian, Cranberry Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Ranch

Becky Sue’s Crispy BBQ Chicken Crisp greens, tossed with tangy honey mustard dressing, topped with our country fried chicken tenders coated in our Jethros BBQ sauce, tomatoes, onions & shredded cheese. 9.95 The Beverly Hills Club Salad Crisp greens tossed with house smoked turkey, pit ham, bacon, cheddar & Swiss cheeses, tomatoes & you pick the dressing. 9.95 Jake’s BBQ Steak Chili Large bites of steak & smoked beans, topped with shredded cheese & sour cream, make this chili uniquely Jethro's. 3.95 cup 5.95 bowl Granny’s Gumbo Smoked chicken & andouille saucy sausage in a spicy roux with nice rice...this stuff is spicy hot & good! 3.95 Cup 5.95 Bowl


(No possum served!) (Comes with one side)

Smoked Tom Turkey Wrap House smoked turkey and crisp lettuce, finished with smoked corn pico & guacamole, all wrapped up in a fresh flour tortilla with a side of double secret, chipotle garlic sauce. 9.95

Roscoe’s Buffalo Chicken Wrap Buffalo chicken strips, crisp lettuce, with ranch & tomatoes all wrapped up in a fresh flour tortilla. 9.95

THE EARL OF SANDWICH The Melts Comes with one side Pick any one of your favorite house slow smoked meats, served on grilled Texas toast with melted Swiss and American cheese. 9.95

BBQ Sandwiches Comes with one side Pick any one of your favorite house slow smoked meats with your choice of Texas bread or a freshly baked bun. It comes plain but you can get saucy at your table. 8.95

Amazing House Smoked Meats brisket (add $1) pulled pork pulled chicken smoked sausage

The Better Homes & Gardens Melt Better Homes & Gardens Magazine August 2009 Issue, selected this melt as their favorite BBQ dish in Des Moines. "A unique combination of Swiss and American cheeses melted on top of Carolina pulled pork and smoked turkey." 11.95

sliced pit ham shaved turkey Add slab of bacon or Add 1/4lb of meat 3.95

Sides green beans

campfire baked beans garlic mashed potatoes with country gravy coleslaw hot coleslaw (braised tender, sweet and tangy) apple sauce jalapeno cream corn

fries waffle fries cottage cheese mac and cheese potato salad sweet potato fries (add $1)

*Substitute a cup of granny's gumbo, bbq steak chili or a side salad for 2.50.


Comes with one side The Bulldog Papa’s *Our fresh Angus steak burger topped with Texas *We always start with fresh, ground Angus steak the brisket, caramelized onions, roasted peppers & aged burger is a half pound, grilled to perfection. Choose cheddar cheese. (We're talking real food here) 11.95 your favorite cheese; we'll bring the lettuce, onion, tomato & pickle. 9.95 The Carolina A hungry man might want a double steak burger with *Our fresh Angus steak burger topped with our twice the meat & cheese. 12.95 Carolina style pulled pork & coleslaw. 10.95 The Spike *Our fresh Angus steak burger, a double order of thick slab bacon & bleu cheese. 10.95

OTHER VITTLES’ (eats, treats and specialties) Comes with one side

Pork Tenderloin It 's big as the plate, pounded flat, then fried crispy and served on a toasted bun. 9.95

Catfish Dinner (Not from the LA River) large filets, corn meal breaded & fried, with caper tartar and lemons. 13.95

Pulled Smoked Chicken Philly With sweet caramelized onions, roasted peppers and aged cheddar cheese. 9.95

The Big Beverly Hills Club Piled high with house smoked pit ham, turkey and thick slab bacon on Texas toast with Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and mayo. 10.95

Catfish Po Boy Fresh from the creek, corn meal breaded catfish dusted with rub & served with tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato. 10.95 *18% Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more.*

Texas Dip (No French spoken here) thin sliced Texas brisket smothered with melted Swiss cheese, topped with sweet bourbon glazed onions, with a side of bbq jus for dippin. 10.95


, Jethro wakes at sunrise each morning, builds the fire with oak & hickory planks, then he slowly smokes Iowa s finest meats. Each dinner comes with two sides & a corn muffin or bread.

Full slab 22.95 1/2 slab 17.95 1/2 slab & 1 meat 20.95

Whole Smoked Chicken 15.95 1/2 Smoked Chicken 11.95 1/2 Smoked Chicken & 1/2 slab 21.95

BBQ DINNERS Dinners for 1 Each dinner comes with 2 sides and a corn muffin or bread. Amazing Slow Smoked Meats brisket (add $1) pit ham smoked sausage pulled pork smoked turkey pulled chicken 1/2 chicken (counts for 2) 1 meat- 11.95 1/2 lb 2 meats- 12.95 1/4 lb each meat =1/2 lb total 3 meats- 14.95 1/4 lb each meat =3/4 lb total 4 meats-16.95 1/4 lb each meat =1 lb total

Dinners for 2 Choose 4 sides with either white bread or corn muffins Full Slab Baby Back Ribs 26.95 Half Slab & Two Meat Dinner 24.95 Half Slab & Half Chicken Dinner 24.95 Whole Smoked Chicken 23.95 Four Meat Dinner 22.95 Sides Green Beans Campfire Baked Beans Garlic Mashed Potatoes Coleslaw Apple Sauce Jalapeno Cream Corn Fries Waffle Fries

Cottage cheese Mac and Cheese Potato Salad Hot Coleslaw

(Braised tender, sweet & tangy)

Sweet Potato Fries (add $1)

THE BULLDOG’S BIGGEST The World Famous Adam Emmenecker (As seen on Man Vs. Food) Take the challenge today!

The Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player of 2008 loves this sandwich. It 's big..."really big"....just like all of those "really big" shots Adam sank in the Bulldog 's magical MVC Championship Season of 2008. Start with our huge pork tenderloin, add our Angus steak burger, top it with slabs of Texas brisket, apple wood bacon & fried cheese, finished with buffalo chicken tenders. Smother this mountain with melted cheddar cheese, & white cheddar sauce, serve it with your choice of one side. This could hurt you! A sandwich fit for the MVP. 24.95

The Jethro

This isn,t for everyone... It's porktastic, It's ginormous; We start with our famous tenderloin, we add Carolina style pulled pork, house smoked pit ham, and a double order of thick slab bacon, choose your side and then go for it.. But remember... we warned you. 15.95

SMOKED STEAKS & PRIME RIB No Austrailan or Texan spoken here. These steaks are corn fed, Iowa raised, USDA Choice meat, hickory smoked over a campfire and broiled to perfection in our 1,600 degree Jethro 'n Jake's fire machine. The heat seals in the juices and flavors. All our steaks are seasoned with black pepper, salt and finished with a touch of smoked garlic butter.

FILET 8oz.

the most tender, juicy 'n smoky steak you will ever find...cut it with your fork... 24.95


Jethro cuts this "man sized" steak by the pound. The texture and taste of this meat is his flavorite. 22.95

Rare - cool center

RIBEYE 16oz.

This is the tastiest, the juiciest, the most flavorful steak Jethro can fix ya. He cuts it by the pound. Order two if you are hungry. 22.95 PRIME RIB (Fixed Fridays & Saturdays) Smoked to perfection, cut to your selection, you choose the temperature and Jethro promises you will be happy with his "Amazing Slow Smoked Prime Rib" 12 oz. 19.95 20oz. 25.95

Medium rare- warm center Medium - hot center Medium well- hot through, juicy Well done- tough as shoe leather *Jethro doesn't recommend

*18% Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more.*

DESSERTS Buster's Big Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Wilma 's Apple Dumpling



With ice cream 6.95


Granny’s Lemonade

Drake Tea

Whiskey, lemonade, sweet 'n sour & triple sec. (refreshing & delish!!)

Mixture of liquors that offers a kick with Pom, grape vodka, blue curacao, cranberry & sweet 'n sour. A favorite of all Drake fans!

Bootleg Tea

Ankeny Kicker

Whiskey, peach schnapps, with a splash of sweet & sour & cola

Citrus vodka, lemonade & pineapple juice Mmm good!

Watermelon Tea

Crawfish Cruiser

Like a fresh slice of watermelon in a glass made with watermelon pucker, vodka & pineapple

Vodka, peach schnapps, strawberry pucker, lemonade and Strawberry pures

Planter Punch

Captain Morgan, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemonade, with sugar & a splash of grenadine

Hillbilly Tea

Blue Bulldog

UV Blue Raspberry Vodka & blue kool-aid. This ain,t for weaklings! (makes a great shot)

Milky Way

Sweet Tea Vodka mixed with lemonade & iced tea. An Arnold Palmer with some kick!

Tuaca, Irish Cream, Coffee Liqueur & a splash of milk. Danger!

JuJu Juice

Lake Water

Jethro's classic cocktail made with limoncello, pomegranate schnapps, lemonade & cranberry

Vodka, gin, triple sec, Sierra Mist, splash

State Fair Lemonade


Light & dark rum, coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice with a splash of grenadine

Vodka, triple sec, lemonade, Sierra Mist, splash of simple syrup & a fresh lemon wedge


Angry Orchard, Blue Moon, Boulevard Wheat, Budweiser, Bud Light, Busch Light, Coors Light, Fat Tire, Goose Island 312, Goose Island Seasonal, Guinness, Michelob Golden Light, Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Seasonal, Stella Artois *Ask your bartender or server about new, local and seasonal Draft Beer


Amstel Light, Bass, Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Bud Select, Bud Select 55, Coors Light, Corona, Corona Light, Heineken, Michelob Golden Light, Michelob Amber Bock, Miller High Life, Miller Lite, MGD, MGD 64, Newcastle, Red Stripe, Rolling Rock


24 oz Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Pabst Blue Ribbon, 12 oz Busch NA


6 glass

Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon *18% Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more.*