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Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 4:44 PM
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This Dallas chain is franchising all over the country. As a lover of barbecue brisket I was thrilled to find a new location in Beltsville, Maryland today.

I am still steamed about what I was served. It was STEAMED brisket, just like a home cooked corned beef. I was so excited about finding Texas barbecue in Maryland too. Famous Daves beats this place, and that's no compliment.

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 4:49 PM
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Sounds like you really like it Perhaps comparable to Kreuz?

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 4:58 PM
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Originally posted by signman

This Dallas chain is franchising all over the country. As a lover of barbecue brisket I was thrilled to find a new location in Beltsville, Maryland today.

I am still steamed about what I was served. It was STEAMED brisket, just like a home cooked corned beef. I was so excited about finding Texas barbecue in Maryland too. Famous Daves beats this place, and that's no compliment.


Signman, Have you ever had brisket at Chubby's in Emmittsburg, MD. We thought it was outstanding.

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 9:20 PM
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Yes, I was there a couple of years ago. It was pretty good. Haven't been back to the area since, but would certainly stop again.

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 9:38 PM
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Originally posted by signman

This Dallas chain is franchising all over the country. As a lover of barbecue brisket I was thrilled to find a new location in Beltsville, Maryland today.

I am still steamed about what I was served. It was STEAMED brisket, just like a home cooked corned beef. I was so excited about finding Texas barbecue in Maryland too. Famous Daves beats this place, and that's no compliment.


Howard, IMHO, Dickey's is terrible!

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/21/08 9:46 PM
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And I thought this was about those things women wear instead of whole shirts.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 2:48 PM
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I remember driving up towards Gainesville, FL and seeing a sign for Dickey's. While I have a friend who lives in Dallas who thinks that this is good 'que, I wouldn't feed it to a starving dog. On the off chance that I am hungry when passing through DFW, I would surely eschew Dickey's in favor of something of much higher quality - say, a Big Mac.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 2:52 PM
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And I thought this was about those things women wear instead of whole shirts.

We can't wear those anymore and travel by plane. The request to remove the jacket by TSAs would be a tad embarrassing.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 3:08 PM
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So drive.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 3:35 PM
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They opened a store in Omaha in January and closed last month. I can't comment on the food as I had no desire to try it.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 3:43 PM
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I was stranded at DFW and very hungry so I tried Dickeys. It was like eating a steamed boondocker. The sausage tasted like straw and all in all it sucked, kinda like Rudy's and Duke's.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 3:53 PM
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Originally posted by brisketboy

I was stranded at DFW and very hungry so I tried Dickeys. It was like eating a steamed boondocker. The sausage tasted like straw and all in all it sucked, kinda like Rudy's and Duke's.


Out of desparation, I have also had BBQ at DFW at Dickey's. I also was stranded because of a snow storm?? Go figure. I thought Rudy's was much better although they are not very great either.

The only place I have ever tried them was at the DFW airport. I cannot comment about their other locations. Airport food tends to be just that.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 4:19 PM
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As much as I feel that as a chain, their food is mediocre at best, the food at their original location, just 4 blocks from me in Dallas is, OK in a pinch. But just, OK. Nothing special by any means. And, I certainly would not recommend it to an out of towner looking for BBQ in Dallas.

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RE: Dickeys - Wed, 10/22/08 4:48 PM
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There was one that opened down the road in Salem, VA a few months ago and has already closed.

I never did eat there... something about BBQ at a srtip mall, does nothing for me.

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RE: Dickeys - Sat, 10/25/08 10:44 AM
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Originally posted by Twinwillow

As much as I feel that as a chain, their food is mediocre at best, the food at their original location, just 4 blocks from me in Dallas is, OK in a pinch. But just, OK. Nothing special by any means. And, I certainly would not recommend it to an out of towner looking for BBQ in Dallas.


From 25 miles northeast of Twinwillow and with 2 Dickey's within four miles I'll second his thought.

But, I'll bet that Dickey's will be a "big hit" in SoCal.

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 10/28/08 4:29 AM
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Not to pile on, but I've been to that Dickey's in DFW twice. I usually try a place twice if the first time wasn't up to snuff, just in case I caught them on an off day. Well, I think it's safe to say I won't be hitting Dickey's next time I'm stuck at DFW at meal time.

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RE: Dickeys - Sun, 11/9/08 8:31 PM
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But, I'll bet that Dickey's will be a "big hit" in SoCal.

Nope, it was'nt a big hit there, either..
a short-lived location was open in Torrance, CA years back...
I gave it a try... was'nt that special..

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RE: Dickeys - Thu, 11/27/08 1:52 AM
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I actually have enjoyed the one in both Crossville and in Nashville. However, I ate at both locations because I have needed Q. If your a Tennessean and spent time in Knoxville you have probably found yourself at Buddy's by accident too.

That said I liked Dickey's better.

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RE: Dickeys - Thu, 11/27/08 9:50 AM
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I drove by one last week about dinner time when I was trying to think of what to eat. It said Catfish in the window which sounded good. Turns out they didn't have it that day. So I tried the sausage sandwich which was the only thing that looked decent. It was good, but nothing special.

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RE: Dickeys - Tue, 03/17/09 6:17 PM
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I happened to be in Bethlehem Pa at lunchtime today, near a Dickeys in a strip mall on Schoenersville Road, just north of Route 22. Having never heard of it I tried a pulled pork sandwich with a side of Barbequed beans. The pulled pork was both dry and bland. The barbecue sauce (out of three available, hot ,mild  and sweet, I chose the sweet) struck me as no better than the KC  Masterpiece I sometimes use at home. The beans were not bad.
 After checking the reviews, I can see that  others share my opinion.
 
According to there website Dickeys is expanding fast. The Bethlehem location opened last Summer and locations in King of Prussia Pa and several in New York state are listed as 'coming soon'.
 
The restaurant was 3/4 full at lunch (Its located on the edge of an office park)
 
By contrast, my favorie Lehigh Valley barbecue location, Fat Daddy's, on Sullivan trail north of Easton, is rarely even half full (they actually do their best business from a stand they run at Bethlehems Musikfest each August). Sad.

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RE: Dickeys - Thu, 03/19/09 1:53 PM
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I just wanted to chime in here...
 
The Crossville TN Dickey's changed their franchise about three weeks ago. They are now called American Restaurant. I have no idea if this is a franchise, or just something new the owners themselves have come up with.
 
They still advertise the same BBQ, and it is. They still have the same basic items as Dickey's but they have expanded their menu to include hamburgers, steaks, and other type of grill items.
 
 

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RE: Dickeys - Fri, 03/20/09 4:05 PM
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The first location in Dallas once had decent Q... but that was many years ago. :~(
Joe

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RE: Dickeys - Fri, 03/20/09 11:30 PM
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I just looked at Dickey's website, including a lengthy video that addresses potential franchisees. I've never heard of this chain before; wonder how I managed to miss this outfit.  If I ran across one in my travels, I know I'd be tempted to try it, but based on the comments on this thread, I think I'd be better off to just keep on driving. I've already had one disappointing experience with chain barbeque this year ( Ohio's City BBQ chain ); I can do without another one. By the way, anyone wanna buy a Ridgewood franchise??  :~(                 

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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 09/13/10 3:04 PM
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I love Joints and Dives, BBQ Joints probably the most, although I can be convinced to go for Chili anywhere, anytime.
 
I took the family to Dicky's Barbecue Pit in Gambrills Maryland on Labor Day Sunday.  It is in a small strip center on the North side of Route 3 right after Davidsonville Road.
 
The family is used to the BBQ drill for new places, we get a plate each of the basics, Ribs, Pulled Pork, Sausage, Brisket and everyone trys what they want, so I had some of each.
 
Dicky's is a franchise operation, I was shocked when I walked in and it was setup like a fast food operation.  It was clean, but there wasn't a trace of smoke smell at all, how they managed that was beyond me.
 
The staff didn't know much about BBQ.  I asked what kind of ribs they served and they said pork.  Someone said they were long bone ribs, so I ordered them; they were Memphis cut spares.  You got three ribs, 2 sides, and a biscuit for $11.  Biscuits were to die for.  The ribs were painted with sauce toward the end of cooking and had some flavor, tenderness was good.  Flavor was just that of the sauce.  NOTHING in the restaurant had any smoke flavor.
 
The pulled pork plate had about 1/4 lb or so of pulled pork, two sides and a biscuit.  There was NO seasoning, sauce, or anything that had ever touched that pork.  It was rather tasteless.  Cooked well though.
 
The sausage plate also has the standard 2 sides and a biscuit, but this sausage was GOOOOOD.  Not much smoke flavor (I think the packer put a little in) but it was good.  Of course Smithfield is great when cooked at home too.  This is the best thing we had.
 
Brisket plate the same, 2 sides and a Biscuit.  Brisket was sliced about 1/4" thick and was a little underdone by competition standards, it was tender but again had no taste, none, nada.
 
The only BBQ sauce (right from the pump) was wayyyy tooooo vinegary for a tomato bases sauce, it tasted like cider vinegar and just overpowered everything.  That was the only choice other than mustard, with was from a packet and way better.
 
The potato salad was OK, but it was a lot more like mashed potato salad.  I am used to big chunks (or at least SOME chunks) of potato with the coating on them.  There was the occasional little piece of potato, but mostly mush.  This might be some form of potato salad with the only chunks being pickles and celery.
 
Cole slaw was good, I like mine shredded, theirs was chopped, nonetheless, the pulled pork needed SOMETHING.
 
The onion ring kind of things were really good.  Anything out of a deep fryer is usually good.
 
The beans were also pretty good, nothing special but good.
 
The biscuits were excellent, the wife and son went back for more.  Great to make a brisket sandwich with.
 
Overall not high marks.  This is really not a BBQ joint as we know them in Maryland, really a franchise fast food establishment.  We were the only folks in there except occasionally folks would come in for take out (there were about three in the hour we were there).  I'm chalking this up to the labor day weekend, MAYBE.
 
I get the feeling the originators are trying NOT to offend anyone, but have given themselves a flat signature.  If you are only going to provide one sauce, make sure it is a good one.  If you stop here, bring a bottle of Cattleman's or other favorite and a shaker of rub to put some flavor into what you are served.
 
I guess "Where's the Pit" sums it up. One star rating, maybe.
 
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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 11:13 AM
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One of these just opened in a plaza in Cortland NY. Do they smoke on-site or is this stuff shipped from a mother plant somewhere and finished on-site?
 
There is good, genuine BBQ nearby; Dinosaur and Limp Lizard in Syracuse and Homer's own Bob's BBQ has been smoking some pretty good 'cue on top of his killer Cornell style chicken. Of course Bob is a summer only operation. I wish them luck as a local business but people have a pretty good idea of what to expect when they walk in the door. I hope they can deliver the goods.

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 12:55 PM
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signman


This Dallas chain is franchising all over the country. As a lover of barbecue brisket I was thrilled to find a new location in Beltsville, Maryland today.

I am still steamed about what I was served. It was STEAMED brisket, just like a home cooked corned beef. I was so excited about finding Texas barbecue in Maryland too. Famous Daves beats this place, and that's no compliment.

One opened up here in Que country, didn't last 3 months. 

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 12:57 PM
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Cosmos


One of these just opened in a plaza in Cortland NY. Do they smoke on-site or is this stuff shipped from a mother plant somewhere and finished on-site?

There is good, genuine BBQ nearby; Dinosaur and Limp Lizard in Syracuse and Homer's own Bob's BBQ has been smoking some pretty good 'cue on top of his killer Cornell style chicken. Of course Bob is a summer only operation. I wish them luck as a local business but people have a pretty good idea of what to expect when they walk in the door. I hope they can deliver the goods.

The ONLY  thing I miss about western NY is the Cornell chicken! All of the volunteer fire depts. would grill some up every year! As far a Que, I'm in the south now, and love it!

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 1:22 PM
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Since this thread was originally posted four years ago, there's been a 
re-birth so to speak of BBQ in the Dallas area. We've gone from having some the worst BBQ in the state to now having about five really good BBQ joints. Some are even close (I'm happy to say) to the quality of Central Texas BBQ. But, Dickey's still sucks!

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 1:44 PM
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Austin: A buddy of mine works across the street from the Dickey's on Burnet Road. When they opened they ran a .99 cent pork sandwich special. He said he felt like he got ripped off and wanted his buck back.
 
Central Texas is awash in bad barbecue right now. New places are opening up weekly. Thankfully we've still got a few old masters that are plying their trade the 1800s way. Post oak, salt, pepper. That's it. BTW John Mueller got back up and running down in Shiner. Birth notice: http://www.scrumptiousche...The-Pit?adminview=true

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 1:52 PM
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Yeah, I'm afraid since the passing of Bobby Mueller and the departure of Louis Mueller's pit boss Lance, things have changed and my old favorite, Louie Mueller BBQ isn't quite the same anymore.
 
Thank goodness for Aaron Franklin and others like him.

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 1:55 PM
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@ scrumptiouschef: Thanks for the interesting link.

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 5:02 PM
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So...getting back to my question, does anybody know if the Dickeys franchises smoke their own BBQ or do they get it shipped in...or do they have a magic no-smoke technique...like my friends who do "BBQ pork" in their crock pots?

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 5:42 PM
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I took two of my wife's cousins from out of town to the new one here in Plano for lunch just a few days ago.  I was pleasantly surprised how good everything was.  They loved it.

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Re:Dickeys - Sat, 12/8/12 6:44 PM
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Cosmos


So...getting back to my question, does anybody know if the Dickeys franchises smoke their own BBQ or do they get it shipped in...or do they have a magic no-smoke technique...like my friends who do "BBQ pork" in their crock pots?


Let's put it this way:  I have never (aside from my cigarette or diesel exhaust) smelled any smoke in or around a Dickey's - and there are 30 or so within 25 miles from our home.
 
However, as (from their website) it appears that Dickey's has metastasized into 44 of the the contiguous 48 states, let me refine the issue:  if they would just drop the "BBQ" from their name I don't think most of us detractors would complain.
 
So, let's look at them as "Dickey's Meat & 2", featuring a "free" pickle, pepper, & onion bar + "free" soft-serve for dessert.
 
As such, they really do serve several varieties of wholesome protein (their brisket is at least as good as what Subway calls "steak"!) and (if you select carefully) two decent sides.  And, ...  you can do as I do - fill your drink cup with their "free" soft-serve (which is also milk-fat and taste-free) and thus embellish your meal with the semblance of a rootbeer float.
 
Yes, old farts like Twinwilow and I disdain them; but (thinking back to raising my four), truth be known, Dickey's is a great place to take kids:  protein, mac 'n cheese + "free" soft serve for a price not that much more than Mickey D's.  The fact that even the caucasians of European descent are wholesomely (and optimistically!) fecund here explains much of their success in Dallas.  And they always have "significant" coupons which Mrs. Metro (having no other duties) clips.
 
For myself, Dickey's - coupon in hand or not - is a "deal":  their unsauced pulled pork protein platter, when augmented by my trusty, ever-in-hand bottle of Scotts Sauce( www.scottsbarbecuesauce.com ) together with the abovementioned "root beer float", makes for a tasty dinner with enough left over for the next day's tasty lunch.  Mrs. Metro seems happy enough with the brisket her Faith allows her, but at this point she wouldn't know good Texas BBQ even if it bit her on her sweet, young ... .
 
Quandry:  do I ever take her to Austin?
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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 2:33 PM
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I think there might be one or two around San Antonio,but not sure.
However,I can go down to Texas Pride BBQ on Lavernia Road and 1604 down near St.Hedwig.Or,I can go futher to Home of Da Smoke by Adkins.Then I have Harmon's in Cibolo,or take a drive to New Braunfels to Granzin's who also own a meat market that's been in town for ages,or try McBee's another local place.
I can also go to City Market in Luling,or head over to Lockhart,to Black's Smitty's or Kreuz's.Don't need no stinking chain Q place.

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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 4:12 PM
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Dickeys is the McDonalds of BBQ.....Its is not the best by far but for a fast BBQ fix its great! I go there a few times a year and have never been let down yet. Theres room for everyone in the BBQ Pool. I hope Dickeys is around for ever!

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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 4:49 PM
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A few years ago, I became enthused when a Dickeys popped up in Seekonk, MA.  Having found most all New England BBQ is terrible (one exception being Kit Kats in Stonington, CT), were very interested.  Went twice - BBQ was fair at best & sides even less so.  They went out of business within a year -  Even New Englanders would not go back.  Never did smell any smoke (outside).
 
McDonalds of BBQ sums it up well.  Not suggested, even if desperate for a (any) BBQ fix..
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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 8:05 PM
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All I know is that Dickeys are fake turtlenecks from the 60's.......LOL!

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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 8:30 PM
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ann peeples


All I know is that Dickeys are fake turtlenecks from the 60's.......LOL!

 


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Re:Dickeys - Mon, 12/10/12 9:38 PM
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They're popping up all over here in Minnesota (that's cause the general population don't know dick(ey's) about BBQ.  The first time we tried them it was sort of not bad.  The last time (and I knew I was in trouble when he pulled the shoulder out of the Alto-Shaam and it was sealed up in plastic wrap...)   my daughter tried the food I brought home and got mad at me for buying it...  we haven't been back in a year, and won't...

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Re:Dickeys - Tue, 12/11/12 8:05 PM
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BigGlenn


Dickeys is the McDonalds of BBQ.....Its is not the best by far but for a fast BBQ fix its great! I go there a few times a year and have never been let down yet.  There's room for everyone in the BBQ Pool.  I hope Dickeys is around for ever!


That is indeed a good way of putting it.  And, even though I have said some "snarky" stuff above about the "BBQ issue", I agree with the rest of your sentiments as well. 

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Re:Dickeys - Tue, 12/11/12 8:16 PM
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If I lived in a BBQ starved area, I would probably would feel the same. 
Thankfully however, where I live there is a choice of enough real BBQ joints that puts Dickey's way down at the bottom of the list.
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Re:Dickeys - Wed, 12/12/12 7:33 AM
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Twinwillow


If I lived in a BBQ starved area, I would probably would feel the same. 
Thankfully however, where I live there is a choice of enough real BBQ joints that puts Dickey's way down at the bottom of the list.


Kinda like the people in Orlando who, for years, had only Sonny's
 
Now, there are some wonderful alternatives.  That said, on Sonny's v. Dickey's:  Sommy's at least does have the "smoke smell" inside and out.

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Re:Dickeys - Wed, 12/12/12 8:34 AM
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MetroplexJim



Kinda like the people in Orlando who, for years, had only Sonny's

Now, there are some wonderful alternatives.  That said, on Sonny's v. Dickey's:  Sonny's at least does have the "smoke smell" inside and out.

 
Sonny's is perhaps unique.  While not to be confused with GA / TN nor Carolina BBQ, it has its niche, kind of the way a McDonalds fillet of fish is enjoyable, but should not be confused with a real fish sandwich (grouper, etc).
 
IMO, Dickies is comparable to other fast-food fish sandwiches - should be avoided.  It's neither good BBQ nor an alternative.

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Re:Dickeys - Wed, 12/12/12 8:41 AM
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We don't have any Dickey's in New Jersey.

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Re:Dickeys - Wed, 12/12/12 9:02 AM
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CCinNJ consider yourself fortunate. We have been blessed with one in Georgetown so I now have three places to avoid.

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Re:Dickeys - Wed, 12/12/12 9:08 AM
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It's not BBQ...but I think the closest thing to BBQ in this area (in these minds) is Americanized-Chinese food. Since that's very good...we don't need a Dickey.

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Re:Dickeys - Sun, 12/16/12 7:25 PM
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hmmmm.... one just opened near me and still have to try them, I'm pretty picky on BBQ so guess I will have to try it....   I have smelled smoke when I drive by. 

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Re:Dickeys - Sun, 12/16/12 11:57 PM
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Dickeys opened a franchise in Longview (about 40 miles from us). They catered our company party and we tried them once as a family. I have to say that we have some excellent BBQ in our area that we go to regularly but Dickeys is there in a pinch.

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Re:Dickeys - Thu, 01/3/13 4:07 PM
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Strange...

http://m.prnewswire.com/n...ocation-121924303.html

It didn't arrive and I never heard a word about it.