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Discover the Best Burgers in the Midwest

Even though we are most widely known for serving up the best BBQ in Des Moines, our talented kitchen crew can do a lot more than just that mouthwatering, hickory-smoked BBQ. For example, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse‘s burgers are the best in the Midwest! A lot of care, attention to detail, and high-quality ingredients go into each and every burger patty that we create.

This Is How We Do It

First of all, the best burgers in Des Moines are made from 100% Black Angus ground chuck, which happens to be the tastiest, most tender cut of beef available. Next, we shape every patty by hand to ensure that it is the perfect size to meet our high-quality standards. Once it’s ready, we place it on a flat-top iron until it reaches the most delicious degree of doneness and then lovingly place it on a fresh, hot bun.

That patty would taste incredible on its own, but our chefs have gone a step further and come up with some amazing burger creations. Delicious toppings combinations that will have your taste buds thanking you for your brilliant order choice! Here is a look at the mouthwatering burgers that your mouth, and your stomach, have to look forward to when you visit our Des Moines family restaurant.

The Boot’s Black Angus Burgers

The specialty burgers below are already packed full of flavor, but if you want to make a few additions, we have pickles, lettuce, onion, and tomato available upon request. We also have a wonderful variety of cheeses for you to pick from, including American, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Bleu Cheese, and Cheddar Jack.

Farm Boy
A juicy, flavorful, classic, plain ole hamburger cooked the way you like it!

A tremendous burger! We cook this hand-pattied burger to your liking and then add our house BBQ sauce and ranch dressing, crispy bacon, and melted American cheese. You’ll need your napkin with this one!

Wobbly Melt
Our Farm Boy burger cooked to your liking then placed between two slices of toasted sourdough with American & Swiss cheeses, crispy bacon, sautéed onions, and homemade honey mustard. DELISH!!

Mac & Cheese
Our number one “burger of the week” earned a spot on the menu full time. Yup, our Black Angus Burger cooked to your liking and covered with our homemade mac & cheese plus topped with cheddar jack and served open-faced on Texas toast.

Smothered Queso
Our handmade fresh burger cooked to your liking and served open-faced on golden Texas toast topped with sautéed mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and smothered in our homemade queso cheese sauce and cheddar-jack. You’re gonna need a fork for this delicious treat!

Mushroom & Swiss
Our famous burger topped with a bountiful amount of sautéed mushrooms & Swiss cheese.

El Diablo
A real mouth-burner! A half-pound flat-top burger cooked to your liking and topped with bacon, jalapenos, our chipotle buffalo sauce, and pepper-jack cheese.

Black & Bleu
Our Farm Boy burger cooked your way with Cajun seasoning and topped with bleu cheese.

Bacon Egg & Cheese
Now that’s a mouthful! Our Farm Boy burger topped with crisp bacon, a fried egg, and good ole American cheese. Breakfast on a bun!

True burger fans will appreciate the Black Angus Burgers at our family restaurant in Des Moines. If burgers don’t happen to be your favorite food, we’re willing to bet these tasty creations just may make a burger lover out of you yet! The next time you’re craving something amazing for lunch or dinner, head on over to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. Your taste buds will thank you for it!

BBQ & Memorial Day Weekend – A Perfect Combination!

Memorial Day Weekend gives everyone extra time to gather with family and friends. (Gotta love 3-day weekends!) Nothing makes a get-together better than serving the best BBQ in Des Moines!

Holidays Are Better With BBQ

Invite the entire gang to meet you at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse or you can order everything to go and take a picnic-basket full of our hickory-smoked meats and homestyle side dishes to the local park or your own backyard. Simply give us a call and let us know what you’d like added to your to-go order.

We even offer catering in the Des Moines area and a “Bulk To Go Menu” which is available for pickup if you need to feed a lot of people. In some cases, if your order is over $100, it’s located in the Des Moines area, and we have at least 24 hours notice, we can even pack up our awesome Wobbly Boots BBQ delivery van and bring all of that yumminess to your door!

Memorial Day Fun Facts

Memorial Day does mean more than “just a great holiday to throw a BBQ party.” It is a federal holiday set aside every year to honor and remember all of the soldiers that fought for our country that are no longer with us. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse found some very interesting facts to share with you about this meaningful holiday.

  • Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, In the 1880s, veterans of the Civil War honored their fallen comrades by decorating their graves with flags and flowers.
  • People began referring to it as Memorial Day in 1882, but there wasn’t a legal name-change recorded until 1967.
  • For many years this holiday was officially observed on May 30. Congress decided that some holidays should always fall on a Monday to allow a 3-day weekend, so in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act came into effect, permanently moving Memorial Day to the last Monday in May.
  • American flags should be flown at half-mast on Memorial Day, but only until noon. At that time they are immediately raised to full-staff until sunset. This way part of the day is reserved for remembering the fallen, and the rest of the day is for enjoying the freedoms that those people helped us to have.
  • A wonderful tradition that few know about was made into a law by Congress in 2000. President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act which states that all Americans must pause at 3 pm, local time, and take a moment to remember the brave men and women that fought for our freedom. Happy Hour at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse begins at 3 pm on Mondays, which is perfect timing for raising a glass to those fallen heroes after a moment of silence.

However you decide to spend your Memorial Day Weekend, we hope that you stay safe and enjoy it with the people you care most about. If you get the chance, join us at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. It’s always a lot more fun to be at work when you’re here with us!

May is the Happiest Time of the Year – National BBQ Month!

The month of May has been given the wonderful title of National BBQ Month, making it a very popular time of year around Wobbly Boots Roadhouse! Of course, we celebrate BBQ all year round but this gives us a bonus excuse to gush over the best BBQ in Des Moines, which happens to come out of the Boot’s kitchen 7 days a week. Here are a few reasons we believe this hickory-smoked goodness will make you extremely happy.

It Treats Your Senses

First and foremost, your taste buds will be tickled by the mouthwatering flavor our hickory-smoked meats and house recipe BBQ sauce deliver. After a bite or two, you simply can’t resist having a great big BBQ-covered smile! Before you even get a chance to taste anything though, the delightful aroma will hit you, getting you excited, anxious, and hungrier than ever to dig right in! Don’t be surprised if your eyes get bigger when you see the plate presented at your table too. The entire experience is the definition of delicious!

You Have Lots of Choices

Our hickory-smoked meats alone at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines give you all kinds of choices, allowing you to try something different each time that you visit. You get to choose from:

  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • 100% White Meat Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Applewood Smoked Pit Ham
  • Tender Smoked Brisket
  • Brisket Burnt Ends
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Wobbly Wings
  • Prime Rib
  • Chicken
  • Meatloaf

Once you’ve tried all of that, we’ve also got a great big menu filled with even more options that are equally as amazing. So many choices! In addition to ordering our hickory-smoked BBQ by the plate or on a bun, you’ll also find it included in many of our other menu items. For example, the nachos feature that fantastic pulled pork and the “King of Salads,” the Cowboy Cobb, even has smoked ham, turkey, and bacon on top. Not every single item on our menu includes hickory-smoked meat, but quite a LOT of them do. (You’re welcome!)

Perfect to Share With Everyone

The Boot is a perfect place to bring the entire family or meet up with a group of friends. The atmosphere is inviting and the staff here is friendly and welcoming. You can simply enjoy a nice dinner together any night of the week or you can gather for a special occasion and celebrate. Our menu is filled with flavors that grownups enjoy plus offers a kids’ menu full of tasty treats that children love.

We’ve got 17 TVs throughout the restaurant, so it’s also the best place to watch sports in Des Moines every time your favorite team plays. (Even if it’s not your favorite team, it’s still fun to watch!) There’s plenty of seating with tables for groups both large and small.

We guarantee that you’re going to love Wobbly Boots BBQ any time of the year, but use the fact that it’s National BBQ Month to convince the gang to come in soon. Everyone needs a good reason to celebrate every once in a while, and BBQ is a wonderful reason to celebrate!

A Special Mother’s Day Brunch for Special Moms at the Boot

Mother’s Day is coming this Sunday, May 12, 2019, and our Des Moines family restaurant is hosting our famous Mother’s Day Brunch for all of those spectacular ladies out there! (Don’t worry, you can come in and enjoy it with her too.) We’ll be serving up some of your hickory-smoked BBQ favorites along with a few delicious items we’re bringing out especially for Mom. Reservations are not needed, but they are recommended, so start making your Sunday plans to join us now.

Something New

You’ll find the best brunch in Des Moines at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive this weekend, filled with all of the breakfast and lunch dishes you already expect from us. This year though, we’re adding a MADE-TO-ORDER OMELETTE BAR to the extensive list of delicious dishes you can enjoy! (Why? Because Mom totally deserves it!)

An Easy & Delicious Gift

You know you want to do something special for Mom (or Grandma) on Mother’s Day, and bringing her to the Boot for brunch is definitely special. She’s guaranteed to enjoy it, the family gets to spend some quality time together, you all get a delicious meal without any of the cooking or cleanup. Our friendly staff will happily take care of that. You just have to sit back, enjoy this meal with your mom, and take all of the credit for showing her a wonderful time on this fantastic holiday.

The brunch buffet will be available from 10:00 am-2:00 pm. It is $19.99 for adults and children ages 6 and under eat for free. Some of the items you can expect on this fantastic feast, in addition to the brand new made-to-order omelette bar, include:

  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Eggs
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Pulled Pork
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Cheesy Corn
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Fruit
  • Cobbler

More Easy Ideas to Treat Mom

Finding the perfect present for your mother can be difficult, especially if she’s the type of person that seems to already have everything she needs. If you want to do something more for your mother, in addition to bringing her to our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, consider a few of these simple ideas.

  • Let her sleep in late.
  • Bring her flowers, or better yet, plant some for her in the yard.
  • Find the perfect Mother’s Day card that says exactly how you feel, or get really personal and make one with a handwritten sentiment inside instead!
  • Do her “chores” for her, without being asked.
  • Put together a scrapbook or digital slideshow of your family through the years.
  • Arrange to take a brand new family photograph.
  • Let her teach you her favorite hobby.
  • Enjoy a movie day together. (Even if all she wants to watch are “chick flicks!”)

As we mentioned earlier, reservations are not required but they will help you to avoid a long wait. Give us a call at 515-223-5700 so we know how many of you are coming and what time you expect to be here for the best Mother’s Day Brunch in Des Moines on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Of course, you’re not just limited to brunch. If Mom is a big Wobbly Boots BBQ fan, bring her in for lunch or dinner instead. On a day like this, whatever makes Mom happy is exactly what you should do!

The Best Catering in Des Moines for All of Your Special Events

Spring is here and it’s the time of year when graduation parties are being planned and soon it will be time to start preparing for summertime family reunions too. Take one of the biggest planning tasks off of your plate by using the best catering in Des Moines to handle that part for you. Also, if you need a place to host your event, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive can take care of that for you as well!

Throughout the year there are plenty of reasons to throw a party or host a get-together. No matter what time of year or the size of your gathering, we can take care of you. Whether it’s a small group of a few friends or a gigantic event for everyone you know, the Boot can handle it!

The possibilities are only limited to the ways you can come up with to bring people together for some food, drinks, and fun. This could be graduation parties, family reunions, school reunions, birthdays, holidays, office parties, weddings, retirement parties, anniversaries… the list goes on and on.

Mouthwatering Menu Choices

Whether we are bringing the party to you or you are joining it right here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, you have a wonderful variety of catering choices to pick from. You can order the best hickory-smoked BBQ in Des Moines and homemade side dishes, appetizer trays, desserts, drinks, and more. If you are craving something that’s not on our catering menu, it never hurts to ask. We just may be able to whip that up for you too!

Off-Site Catering

If you happen to have a high school or college senior in the family this year, that means you’re probably in the process of planning a graduation party. It’s also the season to start making plans for family reunions and people are having birthdays and anniversaries all of the time. One of the toughest tasks to handle when throwing a party is making sure there is enough food, it tastes good, and it can be prepared without you missing most of the party.

When you let Wobbly Boots BBQ cater your event, we’ll take care of all of that, allowing you to relax and enjoy the celebration along with all of your guests. You are welcome to pick up your order to take with you, or in many cases, we can make things even easier for you and deliver it. No matter what size your event is, you can trust us to feed everyone, and we’ll feed them extremely well!

Private Events at the Boot

On the other hand, if you have an event in mind but are still searching for a place to host it, consider the private room inside our family-friendly Des Moines BBQ restaurant. The room is set apart from the rest of the restaurant, has 4 TVs (just in case there’s a game on you simply cannot miss,) and can hold up to 65 guests. To reserve the room for your guests only, there is a 25-person minimum.

A $100 deposit is required to reserve the space but that amount will be deducted from your final bill. You will need to spend a minimum of $150 for parties Sunday-Thursday, and a minimum of $500 for private events on Fridays or Saturdays.

Reserve Your Date

Once you come up with a reason to throw a party or host a gathering, decide on a date and give us a call to get it on our calendar. Simply call 515-223-5700 to discuss the details. All of our catering is done on a first come, first served basis, so the earlier you book, the better.

Closer to the event we will work together to come up with your ideal menu and we’ll need a final guest count one week before the party. After that, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and let the best catering company in the Des Moines area serve you and all of your guests the most delicious meal you’ve ever tasted!

Happy National Prime Rib Day! – Celebrate at the Boot

National Prime Rib Day falls on a Saturday this year (April 27) and that just so happens to be one of the 2 days each week when we serve the best prime rib in Des Moines! We are famous for our mouthwatering hickory-smoked meats at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive and our hickory-smoked Prime Rib Dinner is a delicious way to celebrate this fantastic cut of steak.

Why Is Prime Rib So Delicious?

Prime rib is one of the most savory, juicy, and flavorful cuts of meat you can get from a cow. This particular cut of beef is sometimes referred to as a standing rib roast, and it’s the finest cut of beef you will find. It is cut from the primal rib, one of the eight primal cuts of beef. The amount of marbling found on prime rib makes a big difference in the quality. The more fat that is woven throughout a particular cut, the more tender and juicy the final product will taste.

Prime Rib Dinner at the Boot

We take special care in the way we prepare prime rib at our family restaurant in Des Moines. Every single serving is hand-cut, perfectly seasoned, and slow-smoked for 5 hours to marvelously juicy and flavorful perfection. Our prime rib dinners are so special, as a matter of fact, that they are only available every Friday & Saturday night after 5 pm. You can order it as either a 10-oz or a 14-oz cut and it comes with a great big slice of Texas toast and your choice of two of our amazing homestyle side dishes.

More Ways To Enjoy Prime Rib

Although our Prime Rib Dinners are reserved for the weekend, we have an excellent variety of menu items that contain mouthwatering shaved prime rib as the main ingredient. These incredible dishes are available for lunch and dinner 7 days a week at Wobbly Boots BBQ.

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

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.

Prime Rib Hot Beef
Our house smoked Prime Rib thinly sliced and served open-faced on white bread with smashed potatoes, beef gravy, and green beans. Stick to your ribs delicious!

More Steaks To Devour

If nothing but a big, juicy steak will do to satisfy your hunger and it doesn’t happen to be a Friday or Saturday, we also serve a couple of other fantastic steak dinners 7 days a week. They come with Texas toast and 2 of our delicious side dishes.

Roadhouse Ribeye
A 12-oz choice ribeye seasoned and charbroiled to your liking. It’s a juicy, mouthwatering steak topped with a Templeton Steak Butter ensuring deliciousness, bite after bite.

New York Strip
A 10-oz choice-cut New York strip grilled to your liking and topped with our delicious Templeton Steak Butter.

What’ll It Be?

National Prime Rib Day is the perfect time to indulge in any one of these hickory-smoked delicacies from our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, but if you’re not able to stop by this Saturday, feel free to come in any day of the week! Even better, come in a few times each week and try a new Wobbly Boots Roadhouse menu item every visit. It’s a delicious way to spend any mealtime.

Join Us For Easter Brunch at the Boot

We already serve the best brunch in Des Moines every Saturday and Sunday, but for Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, we’re doing it even bigger and better with a special holiday brunch buffet. Instead of spending all morning in the kitchen, bring the entire family to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive so you can enjoy a delicious meal together but leave all the hard work to us!

Easter Brunch at the Boot

From 10:00 am-2:00 pm on Easter Sunday this year, we are setting up another one of our famous holiday lunch buffets. After all of the Easter Bunny’s eggs are found, bring the entire gang to our family restaurant in Des Moines for a late breakfast, lunch, or a bit of both. (That’s the beauty of brunch!)

Reservations are not required but are recommended since our breakfast buffets tend to attract a big crowd. Brunch is $16.99 for adults, $7.99 for kids ages 7-12, and children 6 and younger can enjoy it for free. We’re planning an excellent variety of delicious dishes to be included, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Some of the tasty treats you can expect are:

  • Biscuits & Gravy
  • Eggs
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Pulled Pork
  • Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Cheesy Corn
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato Salad
  • Fruit
  • Cobbler

Let Us Do The Cooking

Holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. You don’t have nearly as much time to enjoy each other’s company if you are trapped in the kitchen all morning cooking and all afternoon cleaning up! We’re hosting this Easter Brunch in Des Moines and taking care of all of that stuff so that you can all spend some quality time together. You’ll still get a home-cooking style meal, you just won’t have to cook it at your home!



Be sure to let us know you’re coming and we’ll be sure to have plenty of your favorites stocked up and ready on the buffet! As we mentioned earlier, reservations are not needed, but they are a good idea if you’re wanting to eat at a specific time. Give us a call at 515-223-5700 to get on the list. We’re looking forward to spending a part of the holiday weekend with all of you here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse!

7 Fun Facts About an Irresistible Side Dish – Good Ol’ Mac & Cheese

Even though Wobbly Boots Roadhouse‘s homemade Mac & Cheese is most often considered a side dish, for some people it’s a big reason they dine at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines. Our version is so rich, creamy, and savory that it’s nearly as famous as our award-winning hickory-smoked BBQ!

As a matter of fact, we make an entire meal out of it on the kids’ menu and it’s even become a main ingredient on one of our signature burgers. (Appropriately known as the Mac & Cheese Burger.) If you are a mac & cheese fan (and we know you all are) you will be interested to learn the intriguing facts we found out about this tasty treat.

  • English Origins

    Since macaroni is pasta, many assume it’s an Italian dish but it is actually of English origin.

  • It’s a Classic

    There is evidence that this dish made of pasta and cheese has been around since the 14th century. Two recipes were found in medieval cookbooks. One was made with parmesan and pasta and the other contained fresh, hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mix of melted butter and cheese.

  • From Italy to the U.S.

    Even though this dish is English in origin, the story of mac & cheese coming to the United States did begin in Italy. American president Thomas Jefferson discovered the food while in Paris. In 1793, he commissioned the American ambassador to Paris to purchase the machine used for making macaroni. Not quite able to recreate the taste he fell in love with, Jefferson later had macaroni and parmesan cheese imported to Monticello, his primary plantation. There he served this favorite food at a state dinner as “a pie called macaroni” and our country’s fascination with mac & cheese was born.

  • Making the Top Ten

    Mac & cheese is consistently in top ten lists for favorite comfort foods as well as favorite kids’ foods. (We believe the mac & cheese at the Boot is delicious enough to claim the #1 spot on both of those lists!)

  • A Famous Color

    Macaroni & cheese become a Crayola crayon color in 1993 as a part of their orange hue family.

  • The Perfect Pairing

    Apparently, it is said the burgundy wine is the perfect wine to pair with mac & cheese. We’re definitely willing to give that a try, but we also enjoy it with an ice-cold Iowa-brewed beer or a big refreshing glass of iced tea and our youngest diners seem to enjoy it with a healthy glass of milk.

  • A Tasty Holiday

    This amazing side dish gets its own national holiday on the calendar every year – July 14. (Of course, when you come into our Des Moines family restaurant, we’re ready to “celebrate” mac & cheese with you any day of the year, 7 days a week!)

Mac & Cheese at the Boot

The mac & cheese at Wobbly Boots BBQ  is primarily served as one of our many homestyle side dishes, either in a cup or, for those that simply can’t get enough of it, in a bigger boat. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the most popular meals on our kids’ menu & our Mac & Cheese Burger combines two favorite foods into one mouthwatering sandwich. Come in soon and enjoy a cup (or a boat) for yourself!

Why Eat BBQ For Dinner?… Why Not! 5 Great Reasons To Do It

When faced with so many different available dining choices when you go out, you may have to do a little convincing to get everyone in the group to agree on one place. When you’re craving the best BBQ in Des Moines and simply nothing else will satisfy that hunger, you may need to do some convincing to get everyone on the same page.

If the people in your group have already tasted the food from Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, it will be an easy argument to win! If they haven’t yet had the pleasure, here are 5 excellent reasons to share that will convince them BBQ is the only way to go.

#1 – It Tastes Great!

In our humble opinion, that should be enough reason to choose BBQ for your next meal! Not all BBQ is equal though, so you may need to tell your friends just why Wobbly Boots BBQ is worth the trip. First of all, we slow-smoke our meats over hickory for the intense, rich, full-bodied flavor that only hickory can bring out. After years of practice and perfection, our cooks know exactly how long to leave each meat in the smoker to make sure it reaches its most mouthwatering potential.

Add to that deliciousness our house recipe BBQ sauce and special dry rubs, and you’ve got a taste that will leave anyone wanting to come back again and again. Both the cooking process and the sauce recipe make up our hybrid-style of BBQ which was inspired by the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A.: Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and the deep South. We learned from the greats, but created a flavor that you will only find here at the Boot!

#2 – LOTS of Variety on the Menu

You may be faced with one person in your group that swears they don’t like BBQ, no matter how it’s prepared. (Yes, we know that sounds strange, but there are a couple of people out there. Maybe they just haven’t tried Wobbly Boots BBQ ye!) For the friend that refuses to eat BBQ, mention all of the non-BBQ items that can also be found on our menu.

For example, we have Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms for starters, plus savory salads, fantastic flatbreads, Black Angus Burgers, and sandwiches like the Catfish BLT and our Famous Tenderloin. (An Iowa tradition!) The menu also has entrees like juicy steaks and a Hot Smoked Turkey that’s a very popular choice around here.

#3 – LOTS of BBQ Choices

Back to the cool people that do appreciate the wonder that is BBQ, they’ve got tons of choices too. As a matter of fact, we cook up so many different ways for you to enjoy our hickory-smoked meats, you’ll need to keep coming back, again and again, to give them all a try but by the time you do that, we just may come up with a few more!

The many hickory-smoked meats we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Sliced Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Tender Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Brisket Burnt Ends
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Chicken
  • Wobbly Wings

#4 – All Ages Love the Boot

If it’s the family that you’re trying to convince rather than a group of friends, the atmosphere and down-home hospitality of our family restaurant in Des Moines will make everyone feel right at home. Young diners will be pleased with the choices on our kids’ menu, which include favorites like Chicken Strips, Mini Corn Dogs, Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese, and Mac & Cheese. There’s even a kid’s version of our Pork Sliders if they’re ready to start moving toward becoming a smoked meat lover.

Let them use our tasty BBQ sauce for dipping and they’ll be hooked! The very best part is that eating BBQ encourages you to get a little messy, which kids absolutely love. As long as you take care of cleaning up yourselves when you’re done (we have plenty of wet naps for you) we’re happy to clean up all of the dishes. (Which of course, Mom and Dad love!)

#5 – BBQ Pairs Perfectly With Beer & Sports

Sports fans will be thrilled to find out they can eat BBQ while enjoying all of their favorite sports on our 17 TVs which are placed strategically throughout the restaurant. It doesn’t matter whether you pull up a seat at the bar or a table in the dining room, you won’t miss any of the action.

Ice-cold beer is an excellent beverage to wash down a plate full of hickory-smoked BBQ. Here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, we not only have a wide selection of bottled beers but 18 incredible beers on tap as well. We always have a wonderful selection of local Iowa beers mixed in there too, because after all, Iowans know how to brew an amazing beer! If you didn’t know that already, come in soon and let us pour one for you.

Well, while writing this we’ve certainly convinced ourselves that dinner at our BBQ restaurant & bar in Des Moines sounds like a perfect idea tonight, and we’re willing to bet you think so too! Now all you have to do is share this wisdom with all of your friends and you’ll be dining at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in no time.

Try Our Savory Salads & Fantastic Flatbreads

Although we advertise ourselves mainly as a BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, that’s not the only delicious dish we specialize in. The menu at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive is full of all kinds of amazing flavors. There’s truly something for everyone, even if you have fellow diners in your group that aren’t particularly BBQ lovers. (Hard to believe, but a few do exist!) You’ll find black Angus burgers, juicy steaks, Southern comfort foods, down-home sandwiches, and so much more. Today we’ll be featuring two other alternative menu items, our savory salads and fantastic flatbreads.

Go For the Greens

Salads are a great way to get in a full serving of fresh, healthy vegetables. Some might say that a simple salad isn’t enough to fill them up, but a Wobbly Boots BBQ salad is anything but simple! These particular salads are more than enough to satisfy your hunger plus we add our hickory-smoked meats to many of them for that special Wobbly Boots twist. Whether you want to eat lightly or heartily, our salads will take care of you. Dressing choices include; Ranch, French, Honey Mustard, Chipotle Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, Fat-Free Ranch, and Thousand Island.

The Garden Salad
A crisp blend of greens topped with cheddar-jack, five cheese mozzarella blend, tomatoes, and red onions.

Cowboy Cobb
The king of salads! A chilled bowl of crisp greens generously topped with smoked ham & turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cheddar-jack & our five cheese mozzarella blend. This one’s so large, we even offer it in a half-sized portion!

Bacon-Shrimp Salad
A giant chilled salad bowl filled with mixed greens, bleu cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, red onions, a hard-boiled egg, and finished with jumbo bacon wrapped shrimp.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Our giant chilled salad bowl filled with mixed greens, diced tomatoes, red onions, cheddar-jack cheese, five cheese mozzarella blend, bacon, and a hard-boiled egg topped with a charbroiled chicken breast.

Chicken Strip Salad
Our large chilled salad bowl filled with mixed leafy greens and generously topped with tomatoes, red onions, five cheese mozzarella blend, and finished with our hand-breaded tender chicken strips. Also, try your chicken “buffalo style” for a little spicier version.

Big City Flatbreads

Very similar to pizza (which everyone loves) flatbreads are made form a thinner, crispier crust using lighter toppings and sauce. Often something other than tomato sauce is used, as you’ll see in the following irresistible flatbread creations we’ve come up with at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse.


Crab Rangoon
Wobbly Boots own crab rangoon filling slathered on our flatbread pizza crust, topped with our five cheese pizza blend and finished with fried won tons and a sweet chili drizzle. A customer favorite!

BBQ Brisket
Our homemade BBQ sauce spread over our flatbread pizza crust, topped with slow smoked brisket, red onion, and a combination of our five cheese pizza blend & cheddar jack cheese. Outstanding flavor!!

Buffalo Bacon Chicken & Jalapeno
Our flatbread covered in our chipotle buffalo sauce topped with grilled chicken breast, bacon & jalapenos, and our five cheese pizza blend, finished with ranch dressing.

We start with our thin flatbread pizza crust, spread on our homemade cheese sauce, add our five cheese pizza blend, and top all of that with smoked ham, bacon crumbles, lettuce, and tomatoes, all drizzled with ranch dressing.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Our homemade spinach artichoke dip generously spread over our flatbread topped with five cheese mozzarella blend, chicken, diced tomatoes, and finished with Parmesan cheese.


So there you go. For those very few non-BBQ fans out there, and when the BBQ lovers are simply in the mood to try something different, the gigantic salads and creative flatbreads at our family restaurant in Des Moines are excellent items to tempt your taste buds. Just like all of the meals coming out of the kitchen at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, they are absolutely delicious!

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