Hickory Park

57 ratings
$ • Barbecue Restaurant
90% of 11 votes say it's celiac friendly
1404 S Duff Ave
Ames, IA 50010

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—2021 Review— Hickory Park truly is a staple of Ames when visiting my alma matter. Hickory Park has a dedicated gluten free menu that includes all meats, all sauces, and most sides such as BBQ beans, corn, and mashed potatoes. There is also Udi’s bread and Blue Bunny ice cream. 10/10 recommend!!

—2017 Review— I eat at Hickory Park quite often with family & friends. I have had chicken, ribs, beef, sausage, Saucy Southerner on an Udi's bun, and BBQ beans. Both sauces are gluten free now too. A manager assures me that my food will be safe from gluten by coming to my table after I order to review everything. I also have ordered chocolate mint ice cream (Blue Bunny brand). I have Celiac Disease and have never gotten sick after eating at Hickory Park. I would definitely recommend eating BBQ at Hickory Park.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
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We had to wait about 45 minutes to be seated, but considering they had a party of 30, one of 25, and another of 20, plus all the other smaller parties in front of us, so I'd say we got seated pretty quickly. Once seated, our waitress, Sydney, was super friendly and helpful, as was our manager, Jimmy. Both were very comfortable with the gluten free options, which were EXTENSIVE and had no issues discussing the options with me. The food came quickly and was delicious. We were both so full it's a shame we couldn't sample their desserts - they were SO tempting with ice cream and floats and sundaes. Absolutely fairly priced. Highly recommend.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for keto
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 1 month ago read full review

Not celiac

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Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked
  • Food comes out flagged or marked gluten-free

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
Updated 3 months ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Beer
  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Dessert
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Barbecue
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Delivery
  • Keto Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Takeout

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Excellent! After ordering a staff person verified allergies with me& told me how they prepare GF & made suggestions for dessert. WOW

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer
  • Other dedicated kitchen equipment (oven, toaster, pots, pans, utensils, etc.)

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers delivery
Updated 6 months ago read full review

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When we’ve eaten inside we’ve had a wonderful experience. But we did a curbside order. I went over my celiac diagnosis in detail and what I need to be safe. The person assured me they would do those things. We got home with the food and there was gluten gravy on the mashed potatoes. After that I couldn’t trust that my meal was safe. I would say that maybe you have to dine in to get the best service here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 11 months ago read full review

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Kitchen came out and talked to us. Reassured us they change gloves after dealing with gluten! Udis buns. Great food!

Not everything from regular menu is on gf menu. But still way bigger than most.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Someone always comes to my table to let me know about their separate fryers, gloves, and counter space. So appreciated!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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My daughter ate here last week on a school trip. After ordering the manager came to the table and explained their process to her. Her plate was even carried to the table separately by a different person! First French fries she has had since her diagnosis.!! She was very happy and did not get sick We will definitely return as a family

Updated 1 year ago read full review

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Fantastic food and knowledgeable about Celiac / GF! Separate GF menu with MANY options but the best part is the manager came to my table saying she noticed I ordered gluten free and if I had any questions. As a Celiac it sure makes you feel comfortable that they know what they’re doing. Portions were great. I ordered the three meat combo (ribs, chicken and pulled pork with buttered corn and cole slaw sides). Will definitely eat here again when I’m in town!! Celiac meat eater heaven!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Amazing how this restaurant takes food allergy seriously! We had a kitchen staff member address me (celiac) on how good was prepped and explained how cross contact was avoided. Also asked if I had questions about meal or menu! Outstanding ! I have never experienced such service and attention!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Very pleased with the gluten free options this restaurant provided. They have a dedicated fryer!!! 😄 Manager came to talk to me and answer questions. I will be back!

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Updated 1 year ago read full review

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I went a few weeks ago and my experience was great! They have a GF menu and dedicated fryer. The waitress took our order and after she took it back, a manager came out to make sure I knew they had the allergy posted and in the system. She also explained they take the allergy serious and gave more information on their sauces. I will definitely be back again!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Our Waitress was very knowledgeable and described how the kitchen has a separate cook/prep area for GF orders, dedicated fryers, and glove changes. All the sauces on the table are GF too. After we ordered, the manager came out and said she saw our GF order in the system. She then went in to explain the same process. VERY comforting experience! Oh, and the food was awesome!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Lots of options and the manager came & talked to us about our needs to be sure they were doing everything they could. Delicious filling food.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Very pleased! We came to Ames to tour ISU. Hickory Park was recommended as a ‘must try’ by an alumni friend, but the reviews on FMGF were what prompted us to try it. It was my celiac son’s birthday, so also special occasion dinner. First, the GF menu is the size of a placemat. HUGE GF selection! My boy ordered a sampler platter and he ended up getting 5 meals out of it! I have a number of other sensitivities and they worked with me to have a delicious meal that was safe for me. The manager came to the table to explain their kitchen safety procedures. After the meal, the birthday boy got a free ice cream Sunday from a newly opened container and a birthday song from the team of servers. Nobody got sick and the non-GFers in our family were delighted with their meal, too. It was a lovely meal! I almost hope he picks ISU just so we can come back here!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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I have been to HIckory Park many, many times over several years. I have celiac disease and would consider myself very sensitive to even small amounts of cross contamination. As such, I'm very particular when I eat out. As I write this review there are two "not celiac friendly" reviews for this restaurant. One is because.... the fish and chips are not gluten free. OK, well they do have a gigantic gluten free menu, but, I guess, no, the fish and chips are not gluten free at this BBQ restaurant. The other "not celiac friendly" says they were sick within minutes of eating. I'm not disputing that, but I will tell you that this has not been my personal experience. I've never been sick at HIckory Park one time. They do an awesome job of gluten free and take celiac disease seriously. This is our go-to place when visiting our kids at college. Thank you HIckory Park for being awesome!

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Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Not celiac friendly. Was sick within minutes of eating.

Celiac friendly?

No

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Gluten free bun and menu .. manager will talk to you beforehand.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I got a sandwich with homemade sausage and sauerkraut on an udi bun with 3 bean salad. They have a special GF menu with lots of options, and before I could manage to tell the server I have celiac, she let me know about all the precautions they take for GF orders (separate space, new gloves, clean scoop and new tub of ice cream, etc.). So, they are on top of GF. Sandwich was decent, but 5 stars for being celiac safe with lots of options.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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I was approached by a manager after ordering my meal to make sure I was okay with everything I was to be served. I can't believe how patient they are with people that have a serious disease! Yay for good barbeque on a gluten free diet!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Amazing options. Staff are very knowledgeable!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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This was my favorite place before my diagnosis and I was thrilled they have a gluten free menu. The manager came out and talked to us and I was feeling really good about eating here safely. However, our food came with dinner rolls (NOT GF) and the ice cream with a wafer cookie. They were super apologetic and offered to fix it. I have never experienced symptoms of Celiac ever though so I decided to risk it. Shouldn't have. First reaction...not a bad one, but I'll be more cautious in the future. Their excuse was "we have a lot of gluten free people in tonight." I will still try here again though.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Excellent selection of options to choose from. Both wait staff, managers and chefs are very knowledgeable about celiacs. Every time I've gone their the chef has come out to review the order to make sure I feel comfortable with the selection and options. Never had any issues.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Absolutely fantastic gluten free service. Very knowledgeable staff and the manager will come out to speak with you once you put in a gluten free order.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Very knowledgeable staff. After I ordered a manager came over to confirm sauces were gluten free and everything I ordered was safe. She asked if I was going to do desert and if I was a Celiac. She said that I should not order a shake as they did Malts as well and could be cross contamination. Very good meal.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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The reviews are right - this place knows how to be celiac-friendly. The manager came and spoke to us and assured us of their safety practices. They have an extensive Gf menu, so you don't feel left out. Dedicated fryers, grills, gloves, etc.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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I have Celiac, and this is my go-to restaurant in Ames. I especially love the gluten-free fries! Their gluten free menu is extensive, and a manager always visits my table, without me asking, to discuss gluten-free options and their procedures to avoid cross-contamination.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Fantastic experience.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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Excellent, excellent experience. Large gluten free menu. The sever immediately understood celiacs disease and explained what the kitchen does. I received an unsolicited visit by the manager. Fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer and they are equipped to serve ice cream. Try the sauce southerner on an udi's bun. Kudos to Hickory Park for doing gluten free so well!! Update: I've been here many times since my original review. Great experiences each and every time.

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Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

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We went to Hickory Park because of the reviews on here. They were not wrong. Great food and service, knowledgeable staff. All I can do is echo what others have said. Their gluten free menu is the most extensive I've seen at any restaurant I've been to in the 2 1/2 years since my Celiac diagnosis. My husband and mom, neither of whom is gluten free, were also impressed with the good and service. We all highly recommend it and will definitely eat there any time we are in Ames!

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Updated 5 years ago read full review

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one of my best places to eat. Good menu choices, have the UID gluten free bun, and staff is well knowledgeable and usually a manager stops by to inform you that the spicy sauce isn't GF

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Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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The servers were knowledgeable about gluten free options, they came to the table to educate us on the options for gluten free sauces. A separate menu was provided for gluten free options. The food was exceptional and the service was even better. My mom is celiac and it was wonderful taking her out to eat where she had plenty of options to order from, off her own menu. We will be back again, next time we are in Ames.

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Yes

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My server was so knowledgeable and the manager came out as well. I literally can't say enough good things about this place. They know their stuff and are so friendly about it! They have gf buns too! Such a great experience. Would recommend to anyone and will definitely be back!

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Yes

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Warning -- fish n chips are cooked in same oil as regular stuff.. So i you are a sensitive celiac.. Don't eat here ! .. Bummer

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No

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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I was able to eat a cheeseburger and fries! Their menu features many burgers and other sandwiches that are available without a bun or with an Udi bun for an additional $1.50. The prices are so reasonable that I didn't feel like I should skip the bun. The bun comes out in a sealed, heated package. However, I could have easily wrapped my burger in the lettuce that it came with if I had chosen to forego the bun. The best part was having the manager come to our table to assure me that my food would be handled by a separate person so as not to contaminate. I will definitely be going back to HP!

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Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Passing through ames on my way to Minnesota, uncertain of where to eat. This place was amazing. not only did I get a gluten free burger (with a gluten free bun) but I also was visited by their charming manager who confirmed that the meal would be prepared properly. I will stop there everytime I go through ames.

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Yes

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We were traveling through Ames and the reviews were excellent, so we gave it a shot. The service and the food was AMAZING. Great choices and food was served on a separate tray to maintain protection for me. i am very sensitive, and I was able to enjoy the great food without issue. highly recommend this restaurant to others out there.

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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Dedicated frier for fries so no CC. The menu is great and they now have a GF menu.

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Yes

Updated 6 years ago read full review

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large menu and excellent service! very accommodating to needs!

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Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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These folks know gf. I eat here regularly without any issues. I love that a manager comes to your table to check on you if they see an gf notation on the ticket. Tons of choices.

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Yes

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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great gluten free menu provided on request. a manager came to the table when they heard someone at it had gluten allergy. Made sure we know the regular bbq sauce was gluten free and the spicy was not. Also let us know the meal shouldn't come with bread but if it did, it was not gluten free. Also explained ice cream was gluten free if do not get a wafer and they use clean tools to cook to avoid cross contamination.

Updated 7 years ago read full review

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Staff makes it a priority to make sure you don't get anything you can't have!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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great gf menu and manager makes sure all is good! great place....a must go in ames!

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The only place I can safely eat French Fries

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Staff is knowledgeable and super helpful. No need to request the special gluten-free menu if you know what is generally safe - just tell the server you need gluten-free and they will help you make good choices. Love how they always send a manager to the table to review your order.

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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Full GF menu and ice cream sundae menu. very knowledgeable staff. Love to eat here. Manager visits every table where GF order was placed to answer questions and assure diners that their order is being prepared safely. Catering available for small and large events.

Smoked meats, ice cream, barbecue, burgers, catering

Updated 8 years ago read full review

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The staff and managers were truly excellent when i told them i had celiac, they came out and explained that the hot sauce contained gluten while the mild did not. made sure my sundae was made correctly with no wafer and everything. This place is by far the best place i have been to yet with regards to caring for customers

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