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Famous Dave's Review

I tried Famous Dave's today for the first time in New Brunswick, NJ. Always wanted to see what it was all about and I must say it was pretty good. After being persuaded by the waiter we had the Feast for two. It comes with ribs, chicken, brisket or pulled pork, cole slaw, beans, fries, corn bread muffins, and corn on the cob. Tons of food to say the least. The waiter described the ribs as "falling off the bone" and delicious. Unfortunately, The ribs were a little dry and I was a bit disappointed. Definitely not as good as Big Ed's Barbeque which is without a doubt the best rib place in all of New Jersey. Overall though the ribs were pretty good and they have a ton of different sauces for you to choose from. The best being the Rich and Sassy. The fries were amazing! The barbequed chicken was also quite good. Didn't really care for the beef brisket since it was really dry but I am not a big brisket guy anyway--next time I'll try the pulled pork. As for the rest of the sides they were really good-- cole slaw, baked beans, corn on the cob was really sweet. Probably one of the best things I had was the corn bread muffin. It was so unbelievable it didn't even need butter. Finally, even though we were stuffed we had to try the bread pudding and I must say it was delicious. It is served warm with a maple syrup, pecans, and raisins and finally topped off with whipped cream. You could probably have it ala mode but at that point we were almost too sick to think about anymore calories. Overall, I give it a very good review. Not the greatest ribs ever but Good food, good service, good experience and I would definitely go back again.

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  1. I like their pulled pork and the sides. Stay away from the catfish.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      Really, why stay away from the catfish? That is one of the menu items I really wanted to try next....

      1. re: steakrules85

        I love fried catfish and theirs is just awful. It was horribly spiced and very salty and the catfish itself was mealy.

      2. re: Janet from Richmond

        Actually, I've gotten the catfish several times and like it alot. This is from the one in Mountainside, NJ. It's one of my favorite items. Maybe it depends on the location?

      3. It's good to read your report of Famous Dave's. There's one located near us and as we drive by, we tell ourselves that one of these days...... Now we'll have to do it. I'm looking forward to the BBQed chicken. Have to see if it's as good as mine. LOL

        We've had BBQ at Big Bubba's located in the Mohegan Sun Casino in CT which was pretty good. The pulled pork was tasty, moist and satisfying. Good thing there were sauces, though.

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        1. re: Gio

          Yeah it is definitely a place to try at least once. You will not be disappointed with the chicken, although I don't know how good yours is lol.

        2. I have been to Famous Daves a couple of times when I didnt feel like driving to one of my favorite bbq spots. Their ribs are not the worst I have ever had, and not the best either. It works as a good standbye when one must have some bbq, I have had the brisket, & chicken wings as well, and they were also just ok, not bad, but not the best.

          I would give them a grade of C for their food.

            1. re: timmy

              I saw them on the menu. What exactly are the rib tips and what makes them different than their actual ribs? I thought they were just smaller portions of their spareribs like just chopped up into bitty pieces.

            2. There's one by our house. We've been a couple times and thought the food was OK. Not the best BBQ but far from offensive.

              Dinner portions are WAAAYYY too big though - so much food! We've only been once for dinner and the other times we've gone we've gone at lunch with the prices are a lot better and portions more civilized.

              Definitely wouldn't go out of my way to eat there but also have had a lot worse...