Got reminded of this thread as I was driving home from my annual physical this afternoon. Dickey's just opened up in a mall not far from my doctor's office. I'd been fasting since last night, so I thought I'd give 'em a try.
Ordered a "Westerner", a combo sandwich of two meats. The Wednesday special included Pulled Pork and Sausage, so that's what I got. It was serviceable 'Que. Decent flavor and texture, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. I was taken by surprise when the sandwich arrived with a couple of slices of cheese on top. Is cheese a common ingredient in Texas 'Que?
The special included two sides; I chose the Baked Potato Casserole and the BBQ Beans. The casserole ws made with real potatoes, although not the best mashers I've ever had. They were a little over mashed and gluey, but tasted okay. The beans were nothing special, but a shot of Texas Pete gave them a little spark.
My meal reminded me of an old joke told by Harry Truman:
A guy is walking down a rural road when he sees his neighbor's stableman sitting on a fence drinking from a bottle of whiskey.
The guy says, "Howdy Bill, where'd you get that fine lookin' bottle of whiskey?"
"The boss gave it to me as a birthday gift," says Bill.
"How's it tastin?" asks the first man.
"Well," says the stableman, "I reckon it's just about
"Well, if it was any better the boss wouldn'ta give it to me, and if it was any worse I wouldn't be drinkin' it."
That's Dickey's BBQ.
All in all, I won't be making any plans to return to Dickey's, but if I'm hungry enough, driving down a long enough stretch of interstate, and Dickey's presents itself without any other "real" Roadfood options nearby, I will happily stop in for some corporate 'Que.
Just hold the cheese, please.