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When a Full Meal is Too Much – Appetizers!

Sometimes you’re hungry but aren’t quite ready for a full meal. That’s a perfect time to check out the appetizer menu at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. The only problem might be the fact that even our appetizers are practically a meal themselves! We do offer half-orders of some of them and they’re also great for sharing.

Another wonderful time to head to the appetizer menu at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines is when you’re hosting a party. (Lots of those happening around the holidays!) A platter full of Wobbly Wings or Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is sure to please any hungry crowd. Here’s a closer look at the tasty treats from the appetizer section you can enjoy for a between-meal snack, a dinner starter, or to share with a bunch of friends.

Wobbly Boots Appetizers

Wobbly Wings
Jumbo chicken wings coated in our house dry rub then slow-roasted over hickory, ensuring only the most flavorful, juiciest wings possible. Served plain or tossed in your choice of one of our signature sauces:

  • BBQ
  • Dijon Hot
  • Jalapeno Garlic
  • Chipotle Buffalo
  • Habanero BBQ
  • Jamaican Jerk

Boneless Wings
Hand-breaded fresh to order, a bountiful amount of all white chicken breast cut into strips and fried to golden crisp perfection. They are available plain or tossed with one of our wing sauces.

Ribbies & Wings
Two of our best dishes – 4 baby back ribs and 4 wings with your choice of sauce. A sample of each that leaves you wanting more!

Basket of Homemade Cornbread
A basket of delicious, made fresh cornbread muffins served warm with a side of honey butter.

Graziano Sausage Bites
Iowa’s own Graziano Italian sausage mixed with red peppers. cheddar cheese, and pepper jack cheese. We then hand-roll and add a light breading, then quick-fry them to golden perfection. Served with chipotle ranch.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
5 jumbo shrimp individually wrapped with our hickory-smoked bacon and grilled to perfection. These are served with a side of our own Jamaican jerk sauce.

Chips * Salsa * Queso
A platter of crispy tortilla chips accompanied by our salsa and homemade pepper jack queso.

BBQ Pork Nachos
A House Favorite!! A bed of crispy tortilla chips smothered in our homemade pepper jack queso and topped with our house-smoked pulled pork and legendary baked beans. The dish is finished with cheddar jack cheese, red onion, and tomatoes and served with a side of homemade salsa and sour cream.

Fried Pickles
A half-pound of pickle chips hand-breaded in our special seasoned flour and fried to a golden brown. Served with chipotle ranch.

Texas Fries
A mountain of our fries smothered in homemade queso cheese sauce, topped with bacon, cheddar-jack cheese, and green onions. Served with a side of sour cream and jalapenos.

Famous Onion Rings
A heaping stack of thick-cut yellow onions bathed in buttermilk, then hand-breaded in our seasoned flour and fried to a golden brown. Served with chipotle ranch.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Our house blend of spinach, artichoke hearts, and three different kinds of cheese combined with our secret spice blend served bubbling hot with crispy pita chips.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
A bountiful blend of crab meat, cream cheese, cheddar-jack cheese, and special seasoning stuffed in large mushroom caps and baked to a golden brown topped with our five-cheese blend.

Wobbly Boots Sampler
Last, but certainly not least, a great sample of some of our best appetizers!! 4 Wobbly Wings – 4 Famous Onion Rings – 4 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp – 4 Baby Back Ribs. A mountain of food suitable for a BIG meal or for sharing!!

Even though we’re most famous for serving the best BBQ in Des Moines, our chefs know how to make quite a few amazing appetizers too! (Many of which contain some of that hickory-smoked goodness!)

Make it your goal to work your way through the entire appetizer menu at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse soon. If you can’t decide on a favorite after that, well, go ahead and make your way through it one more time to see if you can choose just one!

Any BBQ Lovers on your Shopping List? We’ve Got Gift Ideas…

Everyone that we know here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive are BBQ Lovers, so we’re willing to bet you’ve got at least a few of those on your own holiday shopping list. Now that we’re just weeks away from “present-time,” today’s blog has a few gift ideas that may come in handy. (You might even want to gift a few of these to yourself!)

Gift Cards to the Boot

An easy gift that everyone is sure to love is some of the best BBQ in Des Moines. You can pick up Wobbly Boots gift certificates for everyone on your list so that they can come in at their convenience for a deliciously satisfying meal. Another excellent reason to give someone a gift card is that they are “one size fits all!”

Dinner On You

Then again, if you’d like to add the thoughtful gift of your company to the present, invite them to join you for lunch or dinner instead. That way, you both get a mouthwatering meal plus some great quality time together. If you happen to be sports fans and time it just right, you can even catch a few games while you’re here on our 17 TVs! (After all, it is football season!)

Swag From the Boot

Another terrific gift idea that lets a person show off their love for award-winning BBQ is some of our Wobbly Boots gear. A t-shirt, hat, or koozie with our logo on it is a practical gift that can be wrapped. Swing by for Happy Hour and get a little shopping done while you’re at it!

Grilling Essentials

If your BBQ lover grills or smokes as a hobby, then grilling equipment could be a wonderful idea. Possibly spatulas, tongs, cutting boards, specialty rubs, coolers to keep the beer cold, recipe books, etc…

One very key piece of “grilling equipment” that will take their home-cooking to the next level is a bottle of our very own house-recipe Wobbly Boots BBQ Sauce. You could even pair one of these suggested items with a gift certificate from the Boot. You know, just in case their recipe doesn’t turn out the way they planned!

A Party Invitation

Take care of everyone on your holiday shopping list at once by hosting a holiday party. We offer incredible catering services in Des Moines. If your order is $100 or more, we can even make arrangements to load up our van and deliver it all directly to you. (Please allow at least 24 hours notice for delivery.)

You could also choose to host an event right here at the Boot in our private event room in Des Moines. Our regular menu can be made available to you or we have a special event menu that features appetizer platters, a plated hickory-smoked prime rib dinner, or an in-house buffet.

There is a 25-person minimum if you’d like to have the event space all to yourself. A $100 deposit is required to hold the date but that will be deducted from the final bill. We require a $150 minimum for events held Sunday-Thursday and a $500 minimum for events taking place Friday or Saturday.

Those are just a few ideas from our family restaurant in Des Moines to make your holiday gift-giving a little easier. We’re willing to bet there’s more than a few people on your list that would love the items mentioned in today’s blog. If you can get the majority of your shopping done during one visit to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, then you’ll have the rest of your time free to relax and enjoy the magic of the season.

Let Wobbly Boots Roadhouse Cater Your Holiday Gatherings in the Des Moines Area

Hopefully, you’ll be joining us for the best Thanksgiving Day Buffet in the Des Moines area on Thursday, November 28 beginning at 11:00 am at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. If not, then consider making dinner at home a little easier by using the best caterers in Des Moines for some, or even all, of the food you’ll be serving. As a matter of fact, the Boot can handle all of your holiday gatherings and we’ve even got a private room you can use for hosting those!

Order Food To Go

For small gatherings or if you just need some appetizers or a few savory side dishes to round out a meal, consider ordering some of our fantastic Wobbly Boots BBQ dishes to go. Be sure to give us plenty of time to complete your order and we’ll have it hot and ready when you arrive to pick it up!

Our Bulk-To-Go Menu is available for pickup and features favorites like Baby Back Ribs and all of our hickory-smoked meats by the pound. You can also grab a pint, a quart, or even a gallon of our homestyle side dishes.

Let Us Bring Dinner To You

Of course, if you’re planning an event that needs too much food for you to carry it all home, we can deliver it! If you are in our delivery area and your order is at least $100, arrangements can be made to load up our Wobbly Boots Roadhouse catering van and bring the food to you. We will need at least 24-hours notice for deliveries and those are always taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

We are happy to work with you to create a custom menu for your event. If you need a little help serving as well, we may even be able to send a few of our friendly staff members along to serve or tend bar. Let us know exactly what you need and we’ll do our best to make that happen!

Host a Party at the Boot

Hiring our catering services in Des Moines takes care of the cooking, but if you also need a venue to host your get-together, the Boot is a wonderful place to do just that! We have a private event room that will be set up and ready for your group when you arrive and when the party’s over, we’ll take care of the clean-up too!

Our private event room in the Des Moines area is set apart from the rest of the restaurant and includes 4 televisions and a cozy fireplace.  The space can accommodate up to 65 guests. To reserve the room all to yourself, you need to have at least 25 people attending your event.

A $100 deposit is required but that amount will be deducted from your final bill. There is a minimum of $150 for gatherings Sunday-Thursday and a $500 minimum for private events on Fridays or Saturdays. Our private room’s special menu can be viewed here.

The holidays are a special time which can be made even more special by adding the best BBQ in Des Moines to the festivities! To make arrangements for any of the possibilities mentioned above, give Wobbly Boots Roadhouse a call at 515-223-5700. Let us handle the work and you simply enjoy the holidays with your friends and family!

Join Us for a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse

You will find the best Thanksgiving Day Buffet in Des Moines set up inside Wobbly Boots Roadhouse this year! Once again, our Des Moines family restaurant is putting out all the fixin’s for a an irresistible Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 28, 2019. We would love for you to join us!

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

Whether you are on your own this Thanksgiving or your entire family will be joining you, everyone is welcome at the Boot. Maybe you’ve got a group of friends with nowhere to go and nobody to cook. Bringing them all here is the perfect solution. (Plus, it gets you out of cooking!)

We are planning a menu full of Thanksgiving classics done in our down-home way with that special hickory-smoked goodness we add to nearly everything that we do around here. The buffet will open for lunch at 11:00 am and it is $17.99 per person.

Some of the delicious dishes you can look forward to include:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Pork
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Corn
  • Stuffing
  • Baked Beans
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cornbread
  • Apple Cobbler

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, & Football!

Thanksgiving and football go hand-in-hand and since we’ve got 17 TVs placed all around the restaurant, you’ll be able to catch all the action while you enjoy the feast on Thursday. We’ll be closing early before dinner (around 4 or 5 pm) so that our staff can spend some time at home with their families, but there will be games on all day while we are open.

Then, on Friday when everyone is running all over town trying to catch all of those Black Friday sales, take time to sit down, relax, and enjoy a delicious meal right here at Wobbly Boots BBQ. We highly suggest taking that break around 1:30 pm because that’s when our very own Iowa Hawkeyes will be taking on the Nebraska Cornhuskers!

Also, since it’s a Friday, the best Happy Hour in Des Moines will be going on from 3-6 pm. If you’ve got a house full of holiday guests, it’s the perfect way to get them out of the house for a little while! Enjoy even more football plus some great discounts on delicious drinks, including all of those Iowa craft beers we have on tap!

Take it easy on yourself this Thanksgiving and celebrate the holiday with your extended family here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. You’ll get an amazing meal, lots of great company, and you won’t have to cook or clean a thing!

National Happy Hour Day Is Coming – But We Celebrate Year-Round!

DID YOU KNOW that there is an official “National Happy Hour Day” on the calendar every year? According to the “Checkiday” app (which is filled with all kinds of unique holidays to celebrate), Happy Hour Day falls annually on November 12. We would love for you to join us for the best Happy Hour in Des Moines next Tuesday to celebrate. Of course, here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, we celebrate Happy Hour 5 days a week, year-round!


Happy Hour at the Boot

Happy Hour happens at Wobbly Boots BBQ every Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm. That’s perfectly timed to wind you down after a long, hectic day. We’ll wet your whistle with refreshing beers and masterfully mixed cocktails and as an added bonus, you’ll get them at a discounted price!

We’ve got 18 incredible beers on tap included in our Happy Hour specials. These include quite a few amazing Iowa-brewed craft beers. If you don’t happen to be in a beer mood, you can also receive discounts on many of our mixed drinks. Pair those drinks with one of our awesome appetizers to hold you over until dinner and the “hour” gets even happier!

Happy Hour – It Does a Body Good

Studies have been conducted that prove heading to Happy Hour is good for you. Here are some of the benefits the occasional Happy Hour can provide.

  • Lowers Depression – Studies have shown that spending time enjoying the company of others relieves built-up tension and lowers the risk of depression. Both of those things are excellent for improving your overall mental health at work and at home.
  • Improves Heart Health – When consumed in moderation, beer can help to boost your “good” cholesterol by 10-20%, which aids in reducing the chances of heart disease, stroke, and heart attacks.
  • Improves Life at the Office – Having a drink with your co-workers after the workday is over is a great way to de-stress and get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere. Getting the chance to form relationships outside of the pressure of work and deadlines can help everyone to work together better once you get back to the office.

Stick Around For Dinner Too

If you stick around until the end of Happy Hour at the Boot, you might as well stay a little longer and let our Des Moines BBQ Restaurant cook dinner for you too! Extend those relaxing, good feelings you got during Happy Hour by letting us wait on you, taking care of the cooking and the cleaning up when you’re done!

If the family is at home waiting for you, either invite them to meet you at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse for dinner or order dinner to go for everyone before you leave. That means less work for you, an extremely delicious meal for all, and more time to relax the rest of the evening. Win-win-win!

Happy Hour Day on November 12 gives you an extra excuse to head on over to our Happy Hour in Des Moines, but you really don’t need any excuses to join us. We’ll be here waiting to celebrate a few awesome hours with you every Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm. Actually, it’s awesome here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse every hour that we’re open, every single day (weekends included) but during Happy Hour we get to treat you a little more special!

Savory Homestyle Side Dishes Complete an Already Delicious Meal

At mealtime, the main dish is extremely important but an incredible side dish can take that meal to a whole new level. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive cooks up the most savory homestyle side dishes daily to pair perfectly with the best BBQ in Des Moines.

So Many Side Dishes

Our Des Moines family BBQ restaurant has 10 amazing, out-of-this-world homestyle side dishes that are available to enjoy with just about every dish on the menu. One might think that’s more than enough, but not us! In addition to those tasty choices, we’ve also got 6 more premium side dishes that can be substituted for a small additional charge.

  • Homestyle Side Dishes
    • Creamy Cole Slaw
    • Cheesy Corn & Ham
    • Legendary Baked Beans
    • Baked Potato
    • Cottage Cheese
    • Green Beans with Bacon
    • Homemade Mac & Cheese
    • Seasoned Fries
    • Gourmet Potato Salad
    • Smashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Premium Side Dishes
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Boat of Mac & Cheese
    • Garden Salad
    • Cup of Soup
    • 1/2-Order of Onion Rings
    • 1/2-Order of Texas Fries

Buy ’em in Bulk

You can get a single helping of our side dishes when you dine in at the Boot. Another option is to get a great big helping of those irresistible side dishes by picking up a pint, a quart, or a gallon to feed the entire gang back home. (Or… maybe you just want to keep ’em in the fridge and have a serving with each of your meals for the next few days!)

Wobbly Boots is also known as one of the best caterers in Des Moines. Our bulk side dishes are exactly what you need to keep your guests full and satisfied. Order up a few along with a couple of hickory-smoked meat platters and you’ve got the makings of a party people will be talking about for a long time!

It’s fall right now, which means holiday parties are just around the corner. Save yourself some time and a lot of stress by letting the expert chefs at Wobbly Boots BBQ take over the cooking for you!

Sides for Dinner

A few of our side dishes are perfect for a light lunch or dinner as well. That creamy, mouthwatering Mac & Cheese is one of the most popular dishes on our kids’ menu. A garden salad and soup (either the Soup of the Day or our Baked Potato Soup) make an excellent combo meal when paired together.

Our Loaded Bakers take a regular baked potato and turn it into something that will satisfy any appetite. It’s filled with cheddar-jack cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, and one of our hickory-smoked meats. It’s kind of like one of the side dishes “ate” a main dish!

Everyone knows that the best hickory-smoked meats in Des Moines bring people flocking to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse every single day. Many may not realize that our savory homestyle side dishes are a big people-pleaser as well. No matter what you decide to order, we’ll make sure every bite on your plate is mouthwatering and delicious!

5 Excellent Reasons to Dine at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse Tonight!

What’s for dinner?” is a very common question around every household in America on a daily basis. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse has an excellent suggestion – BBQ! (No surprise there!) No matter which day of the week you happen to be reading this, it’s the perfect night to dine at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines.

Need a little more convincing? Not a problem. Below we explain exactly why the best BBQ in Des Moines is a wonderful dining choice. After that, 4 more reasons (even if you’re not in the mood for BBQ tonight) that are equally as enticing.

That Hickory-Smoked BBQ!

Our “hybrid-style” of BBQ was inspired by the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A. – Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and the deep South. We have masterfully combined the best parts of those styles to create our very own irresistible flavors.

Hickory-smoked meats are the key. They are generously coated in our special dry rub and smoked low and slow over hickory for maximum flavor and tenderness. Before serving, we add our house-recipe sauce (which we make right here) to complement the flavor of the meat.

Our menu is filled with all kinds of ways to enjoy these mouthwatering morsels. Smoked meat plates, smoked meats on a bun, specialty BBQ entrees, and even as main ingredients in lots of other dishes. There are so many choices, you could eat here for both lunch and dinner every day for weeks and always find something new to try!

Something For Non-BBQ Lovers Too

Occasionally, you may have a craving for something other than BBQ. (Hard to believe, but it can happen.) Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is still a great idea because we’ve got plenty of delicious dishes for you those cravings too!

For example, we have a nice variety of salads to choose from, both with and without hickory-smoked meats. You’ll also find fantastic Big City Flatbreads, Black Angus Burgers, seafood sandwiches and dinners, and a whole lot more. Oh, and don’t forget, we serve up one of the best pork tenderloins you’re going to find in Iowa! Also, every Saturday and Sunday, we offer an incredible brunch menu as well.

Fun For Families AND Groups of Friends

Our Des Moines family restaurant is a terrific place to go for dinner whether you’re on your own, hanging out with the family, or meeting a group of friends. Our family-friendly atmosphere makes it a nice place to dine for all ages and our kids’ menu is full of tasty treats that children love.

There’s plenty of room to meet up with a bunch of friends or coworkers for an adult night out. We also host the best Happy Hour in Des Moines every Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm with 18 beers on tap and plenty of drink specials, including our wide selection of Iowa-brewed beer.

It’s a Great Place to Watch the Game

Football season is in full swing and as for the rest of the year, well, there’s always some type of game on to enjoy. Here at Wobbly Boots BBQ, we’ve got 17 TVs placed all around the restaurant and bar. That means that no matter where you decide to sit, you’ll have a great view! We get quite a few fans cheering around here, both young and old, especially when Iowa football is on!

You Won’t Have to Cook!

Perhaps the very best reason to head on over to the Boot tonight is the fact that we’ll do all of the cooking for you! As a matter of fact, we’ll clean it all up when you’re done too! All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy an amazing meal. Shoot, if you order more than you can handle in one sitting, you’ll even have leftovers for tomorrow and won’t have to cook again!

So, there you have 5 excellent reasons to head on over to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive tonight. We’re open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner, plus every Saturday and Sunday we open early for brunch too. No matter what day you happen to read this, we’ll be right here waiting to serve you!

Hot & Deliciously Satisfying – Our Soups, Loaded Bakers, & More

We still have pleasantly warm days here and there this time of year, but those cold ones make you want to run inside and warm your bones. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive can do that deliciously, beginning in your stomach! (Well, technically beginning in your mouth, but you know what we mean!)

Our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines has a menu filled with hot, tasty dishes that are just the thing for fighting off the cold. Soups are an excellent example. Take a look at our signature soup below plus a few more hot and satisfying foods you’re going to love.

A Customer Favorite – Baked Potato Soup

Wobbly Boots BBQ offers a different “Soup of the Day” daily, all year long. The flavors change, but the mad- from-scratch soups with fresh ingredients are always guaranteed to be delicious!

Our signature soup, which can be found on the menu every single day of the year, is our famous Baked Potato Soup. (If you haven’t tried it yet, we highly suggest that you do, as do just about all of our regulars!) This homemade rich and creamy soup is full of big chunks of potato and savory, hickory-smoked bacon, all garnished with cheddar-jack cheese, more crumbled bacon, and green onions. It’s such a popular favorite, we keep it hot and ready for you 7 days a week. (Yes, even in the summer!)

Make It a Combo

For anyone wanting to add a bit more to their soup meal, our Des Moines family restaurant offers a fantastic soup/sandwich/salad combo. There are a few different ways to mix and match these yummy options.

  • Soup & Sandwich
  • Soup & Salad
  • Salad & Sandwich

You may choose two of the three options to enjoy for lunch or dinner. For the soup, pick either our signature Baked Potato Soup or the Soup of the Day. Sandwiches are all served hot on golden toasted sourdough and choices include Ham& Swiss, Turkey & Swiss,  and our 4-Cheese Grilled Cheese.

Loaded Baked Potato

While a baked potato alone may not sound like a full meal at first, it definitely is once we get done loading it up! We take a full 1-pound baked potato and fill it with cheddar-jack cheese, bacon crumbles, and green onions.

Once that’s done, you get to choose one of our hickory-smoked meats to pile inside. These include Pulled Pork, Ham, Turkey Breast, Brisket, Sausage, or Burnt Ends.  The final flavorful touch is a topping of our amazing house BBQ sauce. Add a bit of butter and sour cream and you’ve got more than enough to make a meal!

Each and every one of the mouthwatering foods above will hit the spot nicely on a chilly fall day or night. Of course, that’s just the beginning of the foods you can order at Wobbly Boots BBQ. In addition to the best hickory-smoked meats in Des Moines, we also offer Black Angus Burgers, Flatbreads, Steaks, Seafood, and a whole lot more. Truly something for everyone! The next time you get hungry, make your way on over to the Boot!

The Most Delicious Down Home Sandwiches in Des Moines

Whether you’re planning for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast, sandwiches work perfectly for every meal. As a matter of fact, you can even enjoy sandwiches for dessert! (Ever heard of an ice cream sandwich!?!) The important part is what’s in between your two slices of bread. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive uses only the most delicious ingredients in all of our meals, including the many different types of sandwiches that we have to offer.

From chicken to prime rib, you’ll find a fantastic variety of sandwiches to choose from at our family restaurant in Des Moines. Take a look at the options from the Down Home Sandwiches portion of our menu and get ready to get hungry!

Famous Iowa Tenderloin
An Iowa tradition! This generous cut of pork tenderloin is tenderized, hand-dipped, then breaded in our seasoned flour and bread crumbs. It’s as big as the plate and we’re mighty proud of this one!

Our tender slow-smoked brisket and our delicious turkey breast with pepper jack cheese and a touch of BBQ sauce on a toasted bun.

Prime Rib French Dip
Smoked prime rib and melted mozzarella cheese served on a lightly toasted ciabatta roll and served with a side of au jus.

Wobbly Style Club
Hickory-smoked ham, turkey, and bacon with lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese, and avocado mayo served between two pieces of sourdough toast.

Sausage Philly
Our house-smoked sweet Italian sausage with sautéed green peppers and onions topped with melted Swiss cheese served on toasted ciabatta.

WB Chicken
Our all-white chicken breast is charbroiled to perfection and topped with our double-smoked ham and Swiss cheese on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, and a side of honey mustard.

Texas 2-Step
Smoked beef brisket with smoked sausage all drizzled with our house recipe BBQ sauce and served on two slices of golden Texas toast.

Buffalo Chicken
An all-white chicken breast hand-breaded and fried to golden perfection, then smothered in chipotle buffalo sauce and topped with crispy bacon and pepper-jack cheese. Pickle, lettuce,
onion, and tomato are available upon request.

Brisket Grilled Cheese
Our tender brisket generously layered between two slices of thick sourdough, BBQ sauce, and sautéed onions with good ol’ American cheese.

Prime Rib Melt
Succulent, house-smoked, shaved prime rib topped with Swiss cheese on grilled sourdough bread, served with our house-made horsey sauce on the side.

The Griller
Two slices of sourdough bread with American and Swiss cheeses, crisp bacon, smoked ham, and smoked turkey all grilled to perfection.

Hillbilly Cuban
Our house pulled pork with smoked ham, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, and our own Jamaican jerk sauce served on a double toasted bun.

Catfish BLT
A catfish fillet coated in seasoned cornmeal and fried to a golden brown served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo.

Now that’s a LOT of delicious sandwiches to choose from and we didn’t even get a chance to talk about our BBQ sandwiches piled high with the best hickory-smoked BBQ meats in Des Moines! Add to that many amazing entrees, salads, wraps, flatbreads, and burgers and it’s obvious that Wobbly Boots BBQ has something everyone can love!

Fun Facts About Iowa Food We Bet You Didn’t Know

Iowa’s official nickname is “The Hawkeye State,” but another nickname we are known by is “The Corn State” or sometimes the “Land Where the Tall Corn Grows.” We are also well-known for the many hogs that inhabit Iowa and, of course, one particular famous sandwich that’s a staple at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. These facts have inspired our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines to dig up a few fun facts about some of the tasty foods that Iowa helps to make great.


DID YOU KNOW that farming encompasses about 90% of the land in Iowa? It’s true! Many of those farms have helped to make Iowa the nation’s leading producer of corn and corn byproducts. Our unofficial state song is “The Corn Song,” which clearly states that “that’s where the tall corn grows!”

The Cheesy Corn & Ham, from our list of delicious homestyle side dishes, features this popular Iowa vegetable in the most incredible way. The flavor is intensified by adding cheese and ham, the latter of which happens to be the next item on our list.


The main ingredient in hog feed is corn, and since we have an abundance of that here in Iowa plus acres upon acres of farmland, it should come as no surprise that we are the country’s leading producer of hogs. We are responsible for raising just about 1/4 of the nation’s pigs. As a matter of fact, they outnumber the humans in Iowa nearly 4 to 1!

We have high regard for the pig here at our family restaurant in Des Moines because that glorious animal is the reason we are able to give you the most tender, flavorful, hickory-smoked Pulled Pork you’ve ever tasted! Not only is that one of our most popular foods to order on its own (on a plate or as a sandwich,) but we also use it as the main ingredient for many of our other irresistible menu items. You’ll also find hickory-smoked Bacon and slices of hickory-smoked Ham used often as an ingredient as well. Here are a few examples:

  • BBQ Pork Nachos
  • Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
  • The Wrangler Wrap 
  • Cowboy Cobb Salad (Yep, even on our salads!)
  • Wobbly Style Club Sandwich
  • Hillbilly Cuban


One extremely popular menu item that the glorious pig provides us with is an Iowa staple – the Pork Tenderloin! This traditional food is sure to be found on any good menu in Iowa. Even though Indiana claims to be where this delicious dish was created, the very special people here in Iowa have perfected it!

The very best pork tenderloin in Des Moines can be found right here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. First, we start with a more-than-generous portion of meat. The next step is to tenderize it and hand-dip it in buttermilk, then bread it in our expertly seasoned flour and bread crumbs before frying it to a perfectly beautiful golden brown. It takes a huge appetite to tackle this big boy, but it tastes so good, you’ll end up finishing it without any trouble. (Although you may need a doggy bag to take it home!)


You know the old saying “That’s the greatest thing since sliced bread!” Well, the genius that decided to create the very first loaf-at-a-time bread-slicing machine came from Davenport, Iowa. Otto Frederick Rohwedder introduced his machine to the world in 1928. It was deemed “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped,” which eventually led to the well-known phrase, “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Thanks to Otto, that already sliced bread lets us get your Wobbly Boots BBQ sandwiches out to the table a little bit quicker than if we had to slice every one ourselves!

Now that you know how very important our great state of Iowa is when it comes to producing these terrific foods, head on over to our Des Moines BBQ restaurant and order up a few of them. We’ve got a menu full of these plus many other taste-tempting meals for you 7 days a week at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse!

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