Hickory Park Restaurant

Hickory Park Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Mon
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Tue
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Wed
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thu
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Menu

Greens & Things
dressings served on the side: french, italian, bbq dressing, bleu cheese, honey mustard, thousand island, hot bacon, buttermilk, parmesan-peppercorn, raspberry vinaigrette and garlic balsamic vinaigrette. fat free dressings: italian & ranch
Tossed
fresh tossed greens with cucumber and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese
$2.50
Tossed Spinach Salad
fresh spinach greens, chow mein noodles, tomato, mushrooms, sliced hard boiled eggs with choice of dressing
$3.95
Chef's Salad
ham, turkey, cheddar cheese, sliced hard boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, croutons and onions
$6.95
Taco Salad
chili, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, black olives and sour cream served over. a bed of lettuce. taco sauce is served on the side
$6.95
Topped With Guacamole Add
$1.25
Broiled Chicken Or Steak Salad
iceberg lettuce with mushrooms, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onion and . topped with your choice of strips of marinated steak, marinated boneless . chicken breast, or a breaded chicken filet
$8.50
Homemade Chicken Salad
three scoops of homemade chicken salad, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced hard boiled egg on a bed of lettuce
$7.25
Barbecue Salad
hickory smoked turkey, bacon, sliced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced hard boiled egg & mushrooms on top of a fresh bed of lettuce
$6.25
Spinach Salad
bacon, sliced hard boiled egg, mushrooms, red onions, chow mein noodles, tomato and croutons on top of fresh spinach
$7.75
For An 8 Oz. Boneless Chicken Breast
$3.50
Garbage Salad
lettuce topped with ham, bacon, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives and red onions
$8.50
Served With Chow Mein Noodles Or Sauerkraut
$9.25
Tasty Tidbits
Sweet Potato Fries
crinkle cut sweet potatoes deep fried and served with a chipotle ranch.serves 2-3
$3.75
Onion Rings
n atural onion slices covered with a home style bread crumb coating, deep fried to a golden brown and served with a chipotle ranch for dipping
$5.50
Breaded Cheese Balls
fresh wisconsin cheddar cheese curds dipped in batter and deep fried. served with buttermilk dressing. serves 2-3
$4.75
Tidbit Teaser
the perfect trio of cheese balls, onion rings and sweet potato fries. served with chipotle and buttermilk dressings for dipping
$5.75
Breaded Mushroom Buttons
breaded mushrooms served with buttermilk dressing for dipping
$3.50
Breaded Cauliflower
breaded cheesy cauliflower served with buttermilk dressing for dipping
$4.50
Breaded Variety Plate
plenty for one but enough to share – mushrooms, cauliflower, onion rings and cheese balls, breaded and deep fried . served with a large buttermilk dressing
$6.95
Chicken Strips
lightly breaded natural chicken breast strips.
Served With Honey Mustard
$5.75
Served As A Meal With One Side Order
$6.95

Is this restaurant good for local cuisine?
CUISINES
Barbecue
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,235 reviews
Excellent
736
Very good
320
Average
121
Poor
38
Terrible
20
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Greg T
Canton39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
This place is huge! That said, you are well taken care of by your host and server. There's typically a wait, but the size of this place allows you to cycle through fairly quickly. The kitchen amazingly keeps up without a drop in quality. Service is top-notch and food is excellent quality (temperature, taste, order specifications). Prices are very affordable given the quantity and quality, even as all restaurants have had to raise prices. Save room for desert because the options will blow you away. Tip: Try the shakes! We will definitely be back.
Written July 31, 2021
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Bob Kramer
Ankeny331 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 family
Had a very good meal at Hickory Park in Ames on Tuesday eve. of this week. The primary reason for my review is my praise for the food (which never disappoints) but ... you need to check and make sure and Iowa State athletic, concert, or other major event isn't taking place near the time of your planned visit, as this is a VERY popular place with Cyclone fanatics. Now, back to the food. I jump around on the menu, much like I do at many places, but I seem to often land on the breaded pork tenderloin (pictured here.) One thing I like about Hickory Park, is that they don't pound the crap out of the tenderloin, making it paper thin and super-sized just to make it bigger than the competitor. This tenderloin is always thick and juicy, served on a nice bun. You get a choice of standard sides (most people choose fries or beans) but you can "up" your side to onion rings, which I always do. The onion rings are the best. Make no mistake, these are not processed onion rings (mashed onions formed into rings) ... they're the real thing. And yeah, like lots of places, I paid a trip to the men's room. It was a busy eve., and I want to report that at the 7:15pm hour, the restroom was pretty tidy, with only one piece of paper towel on the floor. Counter was pretty clean. 5 stars for Hickory Park!
Written March 31, 2022
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Travel Lover 0208
85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 family
A group of ~18 were able to be sat around 7pm on a Friday evening with little waiting. I did call ahead to give the restaurant a heads up. The two waitresses that worked with us were very friendly & efficient. The food was priced very reasonably & tasted great. Our favorites were the smoked sausage, brisket, & turkey. I would not suggest the ribs as they were pretty dry. We’d come back to try something else & this time would save room for their huge ice cream menu! Oh, and do note there are only a few basic beers to choose from.
Written July 20, 2020
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Oldretiredguy
Knoxville88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
I have been very pleased with Hickory Park for the many years I've frequented this restaurant. Sorry to say I can't continue to say this and wonder if it has something to do with the recent change in ownership? I took my family of 9 out to celebrate a birthday and wasn't impressed as I normally am. I ordered the ground sausage sandwich and it was very salty and greasy and had bits of gristle in it. It was not that busy but we still had and a long wait for delivery of our meals.
Written February 12, 2020
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Newton S
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
We were brought 3 pieces of meat on a large plate that were cold and that’s it! No sauce etc.. One type was beef and the menu reported the price to be 5 dollars lower than what we were charged. We looked later and a separate small insert in our silverware basket said a different price. The menu price should be marked out. It was not. Now aside from the price the meat was nothing different than you might pick up at Walmart. The young lady that waited on us gave little information and took a break during our visit. No one asked why my 15 dollar plate was untouched... including my wife’s plate. Obviously they were just at a job and it was not their place. Do not eat here.
Written August 4, 2020
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ajaj1959
Des Moines7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 none
This was my third visit to this restaurant, and I just don’t get the number of people that go here given our experiences. Just plan terrible all the way around. Quality of food, service, and they only serve beer, with very limited options. If you want a good micro brew, forget it, not even wine. Last night got me angry enough to write a review. Burnt burgers, waitress forgot a number of items, the “gravey ” on the mashed potatoes was canned, even the kids Mac & cheese was horrible, how do you blow mac & cheese? Complete waste of money.
Written February 16, 2020
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Explore7513
Northwood21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 couples
We have always been fans of Hickory Park because of their fast service and outstanding food choices at an affordable price but since it has under gone new ownership things changed dramatically. Over the past few months we saw a decline! However….I am happy to say our recent visit was so much better….back to the way Hickory Park used to be!
Written March 12, 2024
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PowerTrippers
Cocoa Beach1507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
Hickory Park is a huge restaurant located in Ames, Iowa. They specialize in smoked and BBQ’ed meats of all kinds, and also offer a wide array of great sides and fantastic desserts. The inside is unique, very well-maintained, and pleasing to the eye. The service was fast and outstanding. The food was absolutely delicious. The meats were well prepared, well seasoned and moist. Everything about our experience at Hickory Park was outstanding. We’d absolutely recommend Hickory Park! -The Power Trippers
Written October 16, 2020
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Sightsee455727
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 friends
We have been here many times and have always been pleased with the service and the food. We invited 2 couples to join us there for lunch today. The others in our group had their food at least 15 minutes before my husband and I got our salads. There was no apology or reduction on our bill. The salad was 85% lettuce with a little smoked turkey, some tomato chunks and 2 tiny slices of boiled egg. I didn’t see any bacon or mushrooms as indicated on the menu. Very disappointing since we always looked forward to our meals at Hickory Park
Written May 26, 2022
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Deborah G
Lindsay34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 couples
Excellent service, excellent ambiance, excellent food! Highly recommend this busy restaurant. They serve a lot of people very efficiently and quickly, I had a side salad and a bbq sandwich. My husband had the pork steak, which was two pork loin slices and his two sides were mashed potatoes and green beans. Delicious. They also have a full ice-cream menu of sundaes, malts and shakes, which we fully intended to enjoy. We were too full to order.
Written August 7, 2021
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Allen K
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 couples
We have had many positive experiences at Hickory Park but today was not one of them. My wife and I stopped for a quick late lunch. There were just two of us and they weren't very busy. For some reason it took 15 minutes for us to be seated. Others that came in after we did were seated before we were. I think they forgot about us and we were left standing under the arrow for 10 minutes. Once seated the waitress was quick to take our order. We ordered the BarBQ dinner platter of beef and turkey. Meal came and the meat was cold while the beans were warm. We think it sat for some time before we got it. WE told the waitress and she offered to warm it up, so we waited another 10 minutes and it came back lukewarm. Needless to say not a great experience for us.
Written March 26, 2023
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suezb2015
Ames38 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
When my 1/2 burger came, the fries were pale and almost limp. The bun - which I had specifically asked to be well toasted, was barely warm. They took the plate back to fix it and they obviously just nuked the burger, as it was dry as a bone and still had the ketchup on it that I had put there. Since the new ownership, it’s just not the same place it was in the past. If you want a good burger, find someplace else to go.
Written November 14, 2022
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MagnumBatt01
Tucson399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
Gotta get a saucy southerner. It is a combination of their shredded meats with their signature BBQ sauce. Prices are amazing affordable. Oh, and there is the HUGH ice cream menu so be sure and save room.
Written July 10, 2021
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Explore7513
Northwood21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 family
Have always enjoyed Hickory Park over the years but have recently noticed a decline since ownership has changed…portion size of chicken has diminished and prices have increased considerably (especially the ice cream). It has definitely changed as you do not see the crowds either. Previously, after placing order the food arrived very quickly…not so any more! Hopefully this constructive criticism, will allow management to return to what worked best before? It is sad to see such an established restaurant go “downhill” in such a short time.
Written December 25, 2023
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HickBoy
Fannin70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 friends
Everything was so dry. The ribs and dark meat chicken were dry as jerky. The food had a nice smoky flavor but it was ALL old and dry. I cannot believe they actually served it like that. We had high expectations based on the reviews, but were all disappointed. The staff were pretty good but the food was not worth the trip. I would not recommend eating here. The manager needs to re-evaluate what is being served as it was pathetic and they did not even try.
Written November 29, 2023
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