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New Que Contender? - Tue, 03/19/13 2:11 PM
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What can RF-ers tell me about Dicky's Bar-B-Q? Apparently it's a small chain that is growing from out of Texas originally? It has recently opened in our area. Just wondered if it's worth a try? Their website looks pretty interesting. 
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Re:New Que Contender? - Tue, 03/19/13 2:33 PM
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I don't know where you would get the idea that they are a small chain. They claim themselves to be the largest chain of barbecue restaurants. I believe they are now in almost all 50 states and have upwards of 300 stores.
 
I dined there when they were a much smaller chain - maybe 10 years ago. I was taken to one of their Dallas-area restaurants by a local whose recommendations I no longer consider. If I were grading their food on a report card, it would come in at a solid D-. I am glad that I gave "Texas barbecue" another shot after trying this. 

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 03/20/13 1:05 PM
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Never heard of it before now. Thanks for the feedback, TM!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 03/20/13 4:12 PM
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I've "passed" their locations all over the place.
 
That was a clue.
 
Edited because I thought my last sentence sounded off.
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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 03/20/13 5:41 PM
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What can you say except, chain food usually sucks!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 03/20/13 5:45 PM
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I grew up on Dickey's barbecue. I don't like it as much as I used to; I'm not sure whether Dickey's has changed or my tastes have changed.
 
I've found Dickey's varying widely by location. The locations I used to go to twenty-five years ago are still pretty good; the newer have been so-so at best in my visits to Dallas. (And the location in the DFW airport has been dreadful.)

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 04/3/13 10:33 AM
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Ralph, I saw this tweet from, arguably, the most respected authority on Texas barbecue, and thought of this thread.
 
As I replied to him, I am flying to Texas this weekend and Dickey's is not on my agenda. :)

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 04/3/13 10:46 AM
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I had the misfortune to be stranded at DFW due to a cancelled flight and decided to have lunch at Dickey's. Talk about one of life's poor choices. Bland tasteless brisket, not the merest sight of a smoke ring, crumbly meally tasting sausage and thrown togather slaw. This stuff is so bad you can't cover it with sauce.Plus you get counter personnel with attitude. Now they've opened one up where I live and I will be avoiding that one as well.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 04/3/13 1:16 PM
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brisketboy


I had the misfortune to be stranded at DFW due to a cancelled flight and decided to have lunch at Dickey's. Talk about one of life's poor choices. Bland tasteless brisket, not the merest sight of a smoke ring, crumbly meally tasting sausage and thrown togather slaw. This stuff is so bad you can't cover it with sauce.Plus you get counter personnel with attitude. Now they've opened one up where I live and I will be avoiding that one as well.

Dickey's isn't a "contender" for anything besides subpar bbq. One opened up in my town (an old town that is Q savvy) and lasted about three months.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 04/3/13 11:40 PM
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I looked at the web site and didn't realize they had 3-4 stores in the Valley.
I'll give them a try but my NEW Favorite is Rudy's, also from TX. Their Brisket is OUTSTANDING!
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home
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Re:New Que Contender? - Sat, 04/6/13 11:29 AM
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We haven't got one of those yet here in FL. I'll watch for them to move in our direction from Texas. Thanks! 
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Re:New Que Contender? - Sat, 04/6/13 11:42 AM
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I live one mile from the original Dickey's. I stopped eating there many, many years ago because their BBQ, like the their franchised chain restaurants is HORRIBLE!
 



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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 5:58 PM
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QFan


What can RF-ers tell me about Dicky's Bar-B-Q? Apparently it's a small chain that is growing from out of Texas originally? It has recently opened in our area. Just wondered if it's worth a try? Their website looks pretty interesting. 
QFan
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It's right "down there" with Sonny's. 
But, at least at Sonny's you can smell smoke.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 6:42 PM
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I can't imagine how someone has just heard about Dickey's now????

I knew about them 20 years ago and I'm not even from Texas!!!!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 7:57 PM
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If it's the same one I am thinking of, they opened 3 or four restaurants here in Orange County a few years ago. I know a few closed up, one within 6 months and another in less than a year. All the OC ones are gone now. They have ones in L.A. and other parts of CA, but I never see anything written about them. I do remember that their reviews were not too good.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 8:31 PM
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Dickey's is in the Twin Cities now all over. I haven't tried them yet. We have another very mini BBQ chain out of Texas in Baker's Ribs in the Twin Cities, and they are pretty good.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 8:50 PM
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Ate at one in Portland, Oregon. Can't recommend it.
We have a local in Centralia, WA that is very good called "Big T's"
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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 9:02 PM
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There was a Dickey's close to my hotel in Austin (Round Rock).  I went there several times and I always got the wet brisket.  It was not great but it was better than average.  A little BBQ there and a doughnut at Round Rock doughnuts.
 
After that I was ready for the rack.
 
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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 9:22 PM
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Sundancer7


There was a Dickey's close to my hotel in Austin (Round Rock).  I went there several times and I always got the wet brisket.  It was not great but it was better than average.  A little BBQ there and a doughnut at Round Rock doughnuts.

After that I was ready for the rack.

Paul E. smith
Knoxville, TN 

Believe me Paul, I am NOT trying to be snarky but, with all the great BBQ in and around Austin you ate at, Dickey's? 

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/21/13 9:29 PM
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Davydd


Dickey's is in the Twin Cities now all over. I haven't tried them yet. We have another very mini BBQ chain out of Texas in Baker's Ribs in the Twin Cities, and they are pretty good.

 
I did not know Baker's Ribs had expanded or possibly franchised out of Dallas. Their BBQ is actually pretty damn good (in Dallas). As a matter of fact, Baker's Ribs had been my long time go to place for BBQ in Dallas until recently when we've had a few places open up that are much better.
Pecan Lodge and, The Slow Bone.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/28/13 8:17 PM
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My youngest daughter has threatened me with bad things if I ever get food from them again

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 06/28/13 10:23 PM
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nothing special, actually I have tryed all the ones that are recommended and haven't been impressed by any in Dallas - Ft worth.
 

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Re:New Que Contender? - Sat, 06/29/13 7:05 AM
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Rudy's is really good.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 11:26 AM
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As with sex, BBQ - constantly dwelling on "the best I ever had" (or the best I ever read about/heard of) - diminishes unnecessarily the enjoyment of that which is before you.
 
Both Rudy's and Dickey's serve perfectly acceptable protein made with whole meats and some really decent sides.  I enjoy Dickey's pulled pork which I order "unsauced" and add my own Scott's (Eastern Carolina) 'Cue Sauce.  If I sat there wistfully thinking about Wilber's of Goldsboro, NC while eating at Dickey's, my enjoyment would be greatly diminished -- and it would be my own damned fault!  And, I really enjoy Rudy's ribs. 
 
So, compare a meal at your neighborhood Rudy's or Dickey's with your actual alternatives:  other fast food or fast casual franchises.  Looking at "it" from that perspective will definitely enhance your enjoyment.
 
And, I think that most of Dickey's and Rudy's clientele do look at them from such a perspective.  And, truth be known, a family with kids probably gets "more bang for the buck" at Dickey's than they would from most any other franchise.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 12:14 PM
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I'm sorry, Jim but, I wouldn't go near a Dickey's BBQ unless they were the only BBQ in Dallas. 
Thank goodness we have Pecan Lodge and The Slow Bone in Dallas.
And to a lesser degree, Bakers Ribs. Their Greenville Avenue location only!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 1:17 PM
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Twinwillow


I'm sorry, Jim but, I wouldn't go near a Dickey's BBQ unless they were the only BBQ in Dallas. 
Thank goodness we have Pecan Lodge and The Slow Bone in Dallas.
And to a lesser degree, Bakers Ribs. Their Greenville Avenue location only!


But, many Dickey's are in areas where they are the only BBQ and thus they perform the same "service" that Sonny's does in many places in Florida. 
 
There are two Dickey's in McKinney and both do well - again, mostly as "family places" in this extremely fecund area.  Our relatively new Rudy's in Allen also does quite well. 
 
BTW:  did you see that McKinney's Hutchins' BBQ made the "top 50"?  http://www.hutchinsbbq.net/ .

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 2:40 PM
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Foodbme


I looked at the web site and didn't realize they nad 3-4 stores in the Valley.
I'll give them a try but my NEW Favorite is Rudy's, also from TX. Their Brisket is OUTSTANDING!
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home


I've eaten at Rudy's several times and it's my safe go-to place when I'm in the Ft Worth area on biz.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 7:58 PM
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Foodbme


I looked at the web site and didn't realize they nad 3-4 stores in the Valley.
I'll give them a try but my NEW Favorite is Rudy's, also from TX. Their Brisket is OUTSTANDING!
http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home


I've eaten at Rudy's several times and it's my safe go-to place when I'm in the Ft Worth area on biz.


Railhead and Angelo's are better. 
 
Better yet are Franklin's, Snow's, and Luling City Market.
 
And, IMHO, Wilber Shirley is The King of All Barbecue! 
 
And Peter Luger's is sooooo much better than Outback.
 
But - just as I enjoy Outback without my mind cluttered and poisoned by the fact that they are not as good as Luger's, Bern's, Harris', or The Prime Rib - I also enjoy that which I order to be before me at Rudy's, Dickey's, and Red, Hot & Blue.
 
With the exception of two horrid meals I had at the Tony Roma's in Scottsdale and Grand Cayman, the "worst" BBQ I ever had was still pretty damn good!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 8:04 PM
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Oh, we had a Tony Roma's in Columbus about 20 years ago. It lasted for about 18 months. It was really awful. It was located at the end of a strip shopping center and there was no place for anything around it that could produce smoke.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 10:53 PM
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Jim, happy for you that you have a top rated BBQ in Mckinney now.
 
I feel bad for the people who live in areas where Dickey's or Sonny Bryan's are the only BBQ available.
 
And, I have heard good things abut Rudy's.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 07/17/13 10:59 PM
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Jim, I'm happy you have a top rated BBQ in McKinney now.
 
However, I feel bad for the folks who live in an area that only have a Dickey's or a Sonny Bryan's for BBQ.
 
Also, I have heard good things about Rudy's.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 8:29 AM
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When we still lived and worked in Austin, the Rudy's out on 360 was our go to lunch place...always tasty, fast and good.  The one up on 183 wasn't too shaby either when I stopped in there.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 8:42 AM
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With Rudy's it seems to be hit or miss. I work about a half block from the one on 183 in Austin and can count on the fingers of both hands how many times I've been there. My problem with them is that they slice their brisket so thin you can read the paper through a slice. I like a substantial slice like you get at Smitty's or Black's and now at Stile's Switch. (I refuse to spend hours in line at Franklin's). Now the Rudy's that just opened on IH35 in Round Rock is a bit better when it comes to slicing brisket. Bottom line, a can of Alpo beats Dickie's BBQ.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 9:45 AM
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Michael Hoffman


Oh, we had a Tony Roma's in Columbus about 20 years ago. It lasted for about 18 months. It was really awful. It was located at the end of a strip shopping center and there was no place for anything around it that could produce smoke.


True.  And the only smoke you'll small around a Dickey's is truck exhaust.  I'm not calling Dickey's "good" for BBQ any more than I call Outback "good" for steak; they just "are what they are" - a helluva lot better than fast food or some other fast casual joints.
 
The first Tony Roma's I ever heard of was on Wisconsin Ave in NW D.C.  It opened to great fanfare as its ownership was fronted by several "DC Legends" - Sugar Ray Leonard and Sonny Jurgensen as I recall.  It didn't even last a year.  They blamed the failure on a 'bad location', which, if one is familiar with that area - arguably the restaurant capital of the Mid-Atlantic - was a hilarious claim.
 
The first one I ate at was in Orlando; it was wonderful and a "must stop" on every visit.  So was the one in San Juan.  The last two I patronized in Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Scottsdale were truly excreable.  I see by their website that those locations no longer exist.  For some reason they seem to be a big hit in the Middle East; as their specialty is baby back pork ribs that is kind of hard to figure.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 10:09 AM
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I've only ever eaten at the one in Honolulu and from what I remember it was quite unspectacular. 

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 10:57 AM
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I highly suspect Dicky's BBQ is like that of Applebees, Fridays, Ruby Tuesday...  where the meat is food-factory processed and cooked, vacu-sealed, shipped, and then reheated and sauced for order.  Very common these days at the big chain restaurants.  More Corp. control over product, less work in-store.  Considered a win-win for everyone except the few true BBQ lovers.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 11:36 AM
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We had a Tony Roma's in Dallas during the 70's. I loved their baby back ribs. We used to go about 1-2 times a month. And then, poof! They were gone. There were rumors the chain was "mob run". Has anyone else heard anything to that rumor?

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 11:43 AM
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I'd go to Tony Roma's in the Seattle area every once in a while. Not bad, not great, but consistent.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 12:11 PM
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Never tried Dickey's. They do have a cookbook out as I saw it at the library.
There is a Rudy's out in Selma near me,and I also have my choice of Bill Miller's BBQ in Schertz and Universal City.They are all over San Antonio and a local chain.Or I can go to Harmon's BBQ in Cibolo which is not a chain, or try Manny O's BBQ in Universal City which has gotten good reviews in the San Antonio Express News. I can also go to Home of Da Smoke in Adkins,which I still want to try, or Texas Pride BBQ in the same area out side of San Antonio.Also have Davila's in Seguin and Cooper's, McBee's and Granzin's in New Braunfels. Granzin's has a meat market.They had that before any bbq place,market's been in NB for heaven knows how long.
Rudy;s started in Leon Springs ,Texas which is right off Interstate 10 as you head north of San Antonio. There is also an old two story stage stop and hotel that was owned by the Nimitz family,before they moved to Fredricksburg,where the famous admiral, Chester A.Nimitz was born. Was a restaurant, don't know what it is now.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 4:21 PM
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HollyDolly


Never tried Dickey's. They do have a cookbook out as I saw it at the library.
There is a Rudy's out in Selma near me,and I also have my choice of Bill Miller's BBQ in Schertz and Universal City.They are all over San Antonio and a local chain.Or I can go to Harmon's BBQ in Cibolo which is not a chain, or try Manny O's BBQ in Universal City which has gotten good reviews in the San Antonio Express News. I can also go to Home of Da Smoke in Adkins,which I still want to try, or Texas Pride BBQ in the same area out side of San Antonio.Also have Davila's in Seguin and Cooper's, McBee's and Granzin's in New Braunfels. Granzin's has a meat market.They had that before any bbq place,market's been in NB for heaven knows how long.
Rudy;s started in Leon Springs ,Texas which is right off Interstate 10 as you head north of San Antonio. There is also an old two story stage stop and hotel that was owned by the Nimitz family,before they moved to Fredricksburg,where the famous admiral, Chester A.Nimitz was born. Was a restaurant, don't know what it is now.

 
If you are out driving one day, try Joel's BBQ in Flatonia, right off I-10. You can definitely smell the smoke-----their smoker is a barrel type offset about 20 feet long!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 7:16 PM
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I'd go to Tony Roma's in the Seattle area every once in a while. Not bad, not great, but consistent.

 
We had one by us a few years ago, and it wasn't bad. They had a chicken dish I liked and they did good cheesesticks.
 
Then one day it just closed even though it was pretty crowded all the time. A place called Butterbee's open in its spot, which serves about the same type of food and is just OK.


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Re:New Que Contender? - Thu, 07/18/13 8:48 PM
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Another thing we used to order and enjoy at Tony Roma's while they were open in Dallas was their "onion loaf". It was pretty good, too. But then again, what isn't good when it's fried.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 07/19/13 9:15 AM
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Twinwillow


Another thing we used to order and enjoy at Tony Roma's while they were open in Dallas was their "onion loaf". It was pretty good, too. But then again, what isn't good when it's fried.


EXCEPTION:
When the onion loaf is luke-warm and dripping rancid oil - like the one I had in Scottsdale in August, 2003 - "fried ain't good".  In that case it was truly excreable.  That was the last time I patronized a Tony Roma's.  My stomach still turns at the thought of it.  At least it was "memorable"!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 07/19/13 9:39 AM
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WarToad


I highly suspect Dicky's BBQ is like that of Applebees, Fridays, Ruby Tuesday...  where the meat is food-factory processed and cooked, vacu-sealed, shipped, and then reheated and sauced for order.  Very common these days at the big chain restaurants.  More Corp. control over product, less work in-store.  Considered a win-win for everyone except the few true BBQ lovers.


YOU ARE CORRECT, SIR!
 
That explains why I have noticed vacuum-packed briskets still sweating from the steamer in the serving line!  It also explains why their sides are everywhere the same.
 
As Dickey's has metastasized nation-wide ( http://www.dickeys.com/locations/default.php ) the 'central kitchen' explains a lot.
 
Say what you want about their quality, they are remarkably consistent.  They serve "BBQ" at the same level as McDonald's serves "burgers".  And in so doing they do serve both a purpose and a considerable market segment. 
 
As they say, "You can't argue with $ucce$$"!

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 09/13/13 1:19 PM
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Mrs. Metro and I had "the Dickey's experience" Wednesday.  We had a "2 entrees for 1 if you buy drinks" coupon; the total came to $13.
 
After a tasty lunch - which includes two sides - we had enough take-home for 1 light dinner and 2 more lunches. 
 
They have a nice (to borrow a phrase from the old Rog Rogers') "fixins bar":  real bacon bits, sour cream, butter, pickles, onions, peppers, sauces, etc. and "free" soft serve ice cream from which I make myself a very generous root beer float.
 
The bottom line here is that we get more decent food here for $13 than any other place I can think of.  And, the food quality and quantity beats the pants off any fast food joint! 
 
And again, the BBQ isn't "bad" any more than an Outback steak is (truly) "bad" when compared to Peter Luger's; it's just not as good. 
 
We recently had a $50 lunch at (Iron Chef winner) Tim Love's new BBQ place in Ft. Worth.  It was wonderful!  By comparison, Dickey's is merely decent but they deliver a huge "bang for the $BUCK$". 

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 09/13/13 3:35 PM
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Ranks right up there with Famous Daves....awful.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Fri, 09/13/13 5:22 PM
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myterry2


Ranks right up there with Famous Daves....awful.


I'll take either over their real competition for a quick, filling lunch for a reasonable buck:  Burger King, Wendy's, & McDonalds.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Sat, 09/14/13 11:36 AM
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Dickey's opened in Pewaukee last month. Pie Diva and I stopped there after getting a blast of smoke while driving on the other side of the boulevard.
 
We ordered brisket and hot links to go, and I was impressed with the job the worker did in trimming and slicing our brisket.  The brisket was moist, smoky, tender, and flavorful.  It was better than most brisket I have judged in KCBS BBQ contests.
 
I prefer the hot links I smoke to the spicy-cheese sausage they serve, but their sausage was pretty good.
 
This store has nothing to apologize for.

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Re:New Que Contender? - Wed, 02/12/14 7:47 PM
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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 right."
"How so?"
"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.
 
Buddy

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Re:New Que Contender? - Sun, 02/16/14 9:20 PM
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Good to know, Dickey's just opened up in my neck of the woods. Was a bit curious. Tried a few other BBQ spots here in town and their menu items were all hit and miss (some items good while other items not so much) Think i'll stick to making my own BBQ in my back yard for family & friends.