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Dougies glorified junk food?

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I had their generous $24 super combo platter which consisted of;

2 "Ribs" hand length bones laced with gristle and fat.

18 "Fire Slammers" bite sized dried out chicken filet, fried in soggy batter soaked with barbeque sauce.

2 "Cajun Chicken" palm size thin sliced chicken breast, moist flaky texture perfectly brazed, delicately seasoned.

36 "French Fries (Garlic)" soggy and horribly over salted.

1 thimble of "cole slaw" thick cut cabbage/carrot nicely balanced slaw sauce.

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I should note that I did not use ANY additional condiments for the attempted consumption of this meal. I wish they had been less generous with the meat&fries and more generous with their cole slaw.
If I ever return to Dougies, the only thing I'd reorder would be the Cajun Chicken and Cole Slaw because I though the rest of it was complete crap.
I'm just wondering if I simply have an inexperienced BBQ pallet, or is Dougies overrated by the Kosher consumer due to the lack of decent Kosher BBQ venues.

Link: http://www.dougiesbbq.com/

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  1. Years ago - before I kept kosher - I had the opportunity to eat BBQ in the Mississippi Delta. There is no place in the north-east that can even closely compare. So, while I don't think anyone would dispagree that Dougies is, in fact, "overrated by the Kosher consumer due to the lack of decent Kosher BBQ," you are probably also true in saying that "have an inexperienced BBQ pallet." Dougies is the kosher world's junk food, and just as no one expects to get a good meal and McD's, I put Dougies in that same box except for the hashgacha.

    1. Just wanted to say that I think that Dougies is a franchise, and I'm not sure if it's fair to make a blanket statement about all of the Dougies establishments. I've been to several of them over the years. In recent years, I've been to the one in Teaneck, and we've been pretty satisfied with it, as it compares with other informal family type restaurants.

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      1. re: Barbara K.

        "I'm not sure if it's fair to make a blanket statement about all of the Dougies establishments."

        My post was about a single person trying to enjoy a single meal at a single Dougies, which in this case was on 72nd Street, the UWS. I did not say or even imply avoiding Dougies, simply that I found only a minority of their offerings to be of acceptable quality as to justify ordering in the future. I even publicly questioned my own palates ability as to whether I should expect more, given my limited experience with Fried/BBQ meals.

        in all fairness; mostly the fried food was of substandard quality (which was supposed to be Dougies strong point). considering that the art of deep frying involves special temperature and timing considerations, it is within the realm of possibility only my meal was screwed up. my guess is the oil was too cold or they put too many things in at once (making the oil cook colder, thus making everything a soggy mess).

        however, the dry sinewy chewy mass of the chicken used inside the fire slammers, the over salted fries, and meatless ribs cannot be attributed only to faulty frying techniques.

        the founders of this web site claim they; "launched this site to provide a non-hypey haven where their fellow hounds can opine, bicker, and rave to their hearts' content." I didn't realize the "Kosher" section was actually intended to lend some sort of moral support to restaurants that dare limit themselves to Kosher clientele, and genuine criticism is not tolerated.

        1. re: Joe Berger

          I'm the last one to give any kosher restaurant a free ride. But what you need to understand about Dougie's is that it's junk food and is enjoyable because it's horrible. Dougie's is the greasy, unhealthy, delicious indulgence that everyone loves to hate. People go there, get sick afterwards, and then crave it again a week later. I've complained about the food and service, but I'll be back too. In fact, I'll be back as often as I can.

          1. re: matzohrella

            Thanks for that "confession" matzohrella; thus supporting my original premise that Dougies is probably "overrated by the Kosher consumer due to the lack of decent Kosher BBQ venues".

            either that, or there is some sort of addictive drug in the barbeque sauce... just kidding ;^)

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            1. re: Joe Berger

              Dougie's has been going downhill for years. My best meal there was also my first -- in 1994(?), when it first opened. The fries were never as good in subsequent visits. The steak isn't comparable to finer restaurants, yet the price is close. Service is generally slow, yet they try to rush you out when you finally get served.

              Take-out buffalo wings are the way to go. But those too are not as good as they once were. The recipe changed a few years back and they lost some flavor.

              There isn't much competition for kosher bbq so Dougie's lives on. It's got sort of a cult following, even though it's service and food aren't what they used to be.

              1. re: Nate

                "There isn't much competition for kosher bbq so Dougie's lives on. It's got sort of a cult following, even though it's service and food aren't what they used to be."

                There used to be another BBQ place on 72nd called Gotham Grill. Great burgers, nice layout, area for th kids to play, fries that actually tasted like they'd been potatoes once...

                People wanted to go to Dougies instead.

                1. re: Morts

                  Well, back then, the wings were good and they were a hit.

                  1. re: DeisCane

                    I went to Dougie's once with a Jewish friend who craved it. First, it was unfathomably expensive. That, of course, is the curse of the observant Jew, who faces kosher restaurants, butchers, et al charging 50% or more above what the rest of us have to pay.

                    But the food was just awful. My wife ordered ribs and got this awuful, grisly mess, like something you might toss to a labrador to gnaw on. No spicing or smoking was in evidence and, of course the BBQ sauce was catsupy and spice-free as well. I had a chicken sandwich that was flat and dry.

                    But my friend loved it, oddly. Anything for grilled kosher meat.

            2. re: matzohrella

              rella,

              That's true, but its quality has gotten lower in recent years.

              1. re: matzohrella

                I totally agree with you on that one, I sometimes get this craving for their hot wings, and when I get an upset stomach I promise myself never to go there again but inevitably I get that "wings" craving and I can't stop myself from going again. it's a vicious cycle.

          2. Dougie's gives junk food a bad name. Junk food is edible; Dougie's often isn't. And the fare is the same at all the locations--that's why it's called a "chain."

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            1. re: Lindy

              "And the fare is the same at all the locations--that's why it's called a "chain.""

              Actually, it's a franchise, not a chain. Big difference.

              And the fair isn't the same. If you think most Dougies is unedible, try the one in Teaneck. Suddenly, the other Dougies are like ambrosia.

              And Dougies should be sued for false advertising with that "Cajun CHicken". I've had spicier glasses of water.

            2. Has Dougie's in teaneck also closed? I know the one on the West Side is gone, but I phoned Teaneck while driving through and was immediately greeted by voice mail. It sends you to an extension and that is not answered I tried a few times when driving through the area and planning to pick up tempura vegetables

              1. when did the dougies on the west side close? and why?