112 Hayward Avenue
Ames, IA 50014
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Joy's Mongolian Grill

Neighborhoods: South Campus Area
Cuisine: Mongolian, Lunch, Barbecue

Joy's Mongolian Grill is a Mongolian, Lunch, and Barbecue restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid less than $10, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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Overall
100%
Food
100%
Service
94%
Ambiance
76%
Pros
"Food and unlimited rice "
"Good food, not to expensive and unlimited rice with a meal purchased."
Cons
"Service was a bit slow"
  • 9/02/2017

    A Mongolian chowhound from Ames, IA tried it.

  • 5/28/2017

    A Mongolian food lover from Ames, IA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    Food and unlimited rice
    Cons
    Service was a bit slow
  • 2/10/2017

    A diner from Ames, IA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 2/07/2017

    A dining patron from US tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 2/06/2017

    A diner from Ames, IA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, didn't like the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

    Pros
    Good food, not to expensive and unlimited rice with a meal purchased.
  • 11/02/2016

    A dining patron from Ames, IA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and didn't like the ambiance.

  • 9/19/2016

    A diner from Ames, IA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 8/13/2016

    A diner from Pasadena, CA tried it.

  • 8/02/2016

    A dining patron from Leesburg, GA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 7/13/2016

    A Mongolian food lover from Ames, IA tried it.

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BananaWoo

 Minneapolis, MN
 

Can't Find the Same in Ames

What can I say about Joy’s? It is something that you won’t find elsewhere in Ames. Not the best Asian cuisine I’ve ever experienced around the world, but then again I might be biased. However, I would rate it on the top of the Asian places in Ames, Iowa.

A little bit of personal background on this place…located on 112 Hayward in campus town this spot was once the home of Battle’s BBQ. I started my Ames working career at this very location smoking brisket and buttering Texas toast. Since Battle’s move to Welch Avenue, Joy’s has taken over the joint and ripped out the insides. The dining area is now twice as roomy and they even purchased the spot next door and combined the two for additional seating. Not as I remember it, but tailored to the needs of Joy.

Went there this afternoon for lunch with an old friend. If you want lots of food then you’re set. All entrees come with an app (fried dumplings, fried spring rolls, or crab rangoons), fried or steamed white rice, and hot & sour or egg drop soup. All dishes are below ten bucks. Food coma.

Not the most flavorful things I’ve encountered, but I did manage to find a seafood dish with scallops, squid, shrimp, and imitation crap. Not sure I have ever found a place in Ames with squid before. I asked for my dish spicy. It was Midwest spicy, but I was able to snag a bottle of Sriracha from a nearby table. Enjoyed the free hot & sour soup as well. The steamed rice was a disappointment and bad rice in an Asian establishment is sometimes a warning flag. Overall though I’d give it a rating of “Good”.

My companion of the afternoon had a hotpot of some sort. It included cabbage, tofu, beef, mussels, glass noodles, and a dark broth over a coal. He wasn’t overly impressed, but said it was satisfying enough. Something he might not order again, but didn’t turn him off to visiting Joy’s again. I would agree. Pretty extensive menu, nice and family owned, will satisfy that needed afternoon Asian food fix.

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