Because you put the word “famous” in front of your name doesn’t necessarily make it true. But in the case of famous daves bbq – it’s the facts. With 200 restaurants in the us (1 in Winnipeg Canada) and 700 awards for barbeque; Dave Anderson knows his stuff. It’s claimed that Dave is a “living and breathing barbeque encyclopaedia.”
You had me at the word “barbecue”. Repeat the word “barbeque” and I’m there. So, when we were residing in Alexandria, Virginia while visiting Washington DC and that we drove past the restaurant one evening, I insisted on a detour.
Yes, it’s a chain but don’t allow that to discourage you from creating a shot. The decor has that “chain” feeling however the ambience is family friendly and in my opinion, any barbeque joint that leaves a roll of paper towel on each table, wet wipes and a variety of sauces (6 overall) to choose from, means awesome sauciness is soon to reach.
famous dave’s barbecue
Low and slow will be the number 1 rule in terms of barbeque but things to order? Brisket? Pulled Pork? Ribs? Numerous choices and you want to have it all – am I right? Why limit yourself to just one kind of meat? If it’s on the menu I always go for the sampler and in the case of Famous Dave’s Barbecue the sampler is called the “All American BBQ Feast.”
Feast for 2 – $39.99US – St. Louis-Style Spareribs, Country Roasted Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket or Georgia Chopped Pork, Creamy Coleslaw, Famous Fries, Wilbur Beans, Corn, Corn Bread Muffins all served family style on a garbage can lid.
famous dave’s barbecue
Garbage Can Lid???? Yes, you read that correctly. The story goes that Dave used to smoke his ribs in his garage and since he didn’t have big enough platters to offer the crowds of relatives and buddies, he would likely present everything on a clean garbage can lid…and that tradition continues today.
Final Verdict of Famous Dave’s Barbecue. First off, the portion size is massive. The menu says that it should feed 2-3 people, but honestly, I might believe that 3-4 people is a better estimation. There was clearly a lot food that we had leftovers for lunch the next day.
We’ve been disappointed before with “chain” barbeque restaurants, but honestly, we loved it all. The brisket wasn’t fatty, the ribs were fall off the bone, as well as the chicken was nicely smoked and moist. The beans were exceptionally good and smoky with bits of burnt tips mixed in – YUM.
I would personally visit https://www.famousdaves.com/menu/ again you will find, I might order the sampler, but instead of beef brisket I’ll try the pulled pork, and I’ll make sure to wear stretchy pants! We went on a whim since we had not been in several years. The cvlerv was quaint (?), kind of out-doorsy decor.
The wait staff was friendly and fairly efficient – decent service. The restrooms were clean (as well as the scent just outside the restroom was really nice – uncertain what it really was). The food itself was okay. We have definitely had better BBQ. I didn’t take care of their sauce. The standard of the meet (both of us had the pork) was good, although a substantial amount of my wife’s was burnt ends, which she did not like. I liked their cole slaw. Steamed broccoli have also been good. I did not care for their beans (too acidic and never a good flavor).