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Dickey's Barbecue - Scottsdale, AZ

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Was driving down Shea this morning crossing over Scottsdale rd....when I noticed the 'Now Open' signs @ Dickey's BBQ.
I had no idea they were opening a location as the Thomas Rd location had closed.
They are in the old Wendy's location set back from the road...next to the Carwash and a new Pizza Place (Fired Up).
I could see how busy it was so I decided to pop in for lunch.
I ordered the 3 meat plate ($10.99)....not wanting the extra carbs from the bread. I had a combination of Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, and Sausage...with a side of slaw and beans.
I was given a number which I took to my table ...the food came up very fast.

At the drink bar...there is extra BBQ Sauce and an ice cream machine to grab a cone on the way out.

My platter was heaping w/ meat and sides.....The Brisket had a nice smokey flavor....it was very dry. The pulled pork was flavorful not quite as dry....could have been moister. The sausage was the winner on the plate...
I grabbed a few extra containers of sauce and doused my brisket and pulled pork.

It was all good....I think it could have been better.

I am assuming that today is their first day...so only time will tell if they can perfect the smoking of their meat.

I plan on going back as they have a drive thru window and have meal combinations to go...would be a great alternative to cooking during these Dog Days of Summer.

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  1. Ciaogal, I don't know how you do it. You hit every restaurant in my part of town either before I know it exists, or right after I notice it. Thanks for the review. Anyone have experience with the old Dickie's. I'll have to try it out soon.

    Barry

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    1. re: barry

      Barry,

      I'm a road warrior...a hard core old fashioned salesperson that lives in her car and covers a 4 state territory! I can tell you where every Sonic is in AZ, NV, TX, and NM.....
      I am always on the lookout for new and good food!

      That's why I love this site! So many good places to try...so little time.

      1. re: barry

        Barry - I think we're in the same neighborhood also (we live near Ciaogal) and we seek out family friendly places too (kids: 2 1/2 and 4 mths) - - - we should get together sometime. Email me (address on profile) if you're up for it.

        1. re: ejs1492

          EJS - I must be a little dense, but I don't see an email address on your profile. There is a blog address, but it doesn't seem to work. I'm sure I'm missing something. Sorry to bother everyone with this.

          Barry

          1. re: barry

            Barry, I think if you say it out loud (without the http:// part), you will get the address EJS is trying to pass along. ;-)

            1. re: hohokam

              you got it!

              1. re: ejs1492

                See, I told you I'm dense. Thanks.

      2. As someone who grew up in Texas and lived there until moving to AZ six years ago, I can tell you that Dickey's is a very poor representation of Texas style BBQ. As noted in your review, the brisket is always dry, which is not an attribute of good brisket. Please do not judge Texas BBQ by what is served at Dickey's. Good BBQ is an art form and the food served at Dickey's is a poor reproduction.

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        1. re: Royiv

          Agreed. I spent almost 9 years in the Dallas area, and went to Dickey's once. There were other far better alternatives. Granted pickings are slimmer here in Phoenix, but Joe's, Stacy's, and some of the small local chains would be safer bets.

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          Joe's Real Barbecue
          301 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

          Stacy's Smokehouse
          1650 E Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

        2. just dropping in a place link...

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          Dickey's Barbecue Pit
          7337 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260

          1. I checked out Dickey's last night. I got the three meat plate, too, with brisket, pulled pork and smoked turkey. The brisket was ok. A little dry, but ok. The pork was flavorful and the turkey was ok/good. I had sides of beans and the mac and cheese. Again, both were ok. In all fairness, I picked up everything to go and didn't eat it for 15 or more minutes. They have two bbq sauces...hot and sweet. Both were tasty, but I've had better. I don't think I'd make a special trip for Dickey's. It's on my way home, so I could see getting something to go again, but I'm not dying to get back. The staff was nice and friendly, and they have a kid menu with chicken tenders, etc.

            Barry

            1. I only had time for a VERY quick lunch and happened to be on Shea so I stopped in. I had the two meat combo with ribs and brisket, with mac-n-cheese and beans. The brisket was definitely dry. The ribs were quite meaty, and not at all fatty. I didn't like the spicy sauce at all and thought the other was okay, but not really my style. I know it's a regional thing, but I like my bbq sauce a bit thicker and more flavorful. Has anyone ever had Maul's sauce, from St Louis?

              The mac-n-cheese was okay - not great - although my two-year-old boy would probably devour it. That's not exactly a compliment because Kraft is his favorite. The beans were watery and totally forgettable.

              I have to confess that I did like the complimentary soft-serve ice-cream machine and probably overdid it on that!

              All in all, I'd give it a C+ or low B-.....

              EJS.

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              1. re: ejs1492

                ejs1492...I guess after a few days...and it's still mediocre.
                I may not rush to go back.
                There are so many other decent options on the Scottsdale/Shea crossroads.
                Dickey's has moved down my list until I hear someone tout their attributes!
                As for now I will continue to long for decent BBQ in the 'hood'!

                1. re: ciaogal

                  Have you tried the brisket flatbread sandwich at Dish? I haven't been, in a while, and I don't have a lot of brisket experience. I liked it good enough to repeat a couple of times. I also liked their take on a Reuben.

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                  Dish
                  8977 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

                2. re: ejs1492

                  I'm originally from St. Louis ...I love Maul's! We have an amazing smokehouse in StL and I was very spoiled by it. I assumed I'd have to do my own BBQ (not hard)...can you get St. Louis style ribs at the local grocery stores here or will I need to ask the butcher for this cut? What about pork steaks?

                  EJS: let me know if you need a fix of Mauls...my mom ships it out every so often.

                  1. re: CheesemongersWife

                    "You gotta Maul it.." - - - - I still remember those commercials. Have you tried Frasher's yet....STL-style food and they even do the pizza right with Provel? (I know you're a cheesemonger, so I won't even refer to Provel as "cheese" but I do like it...)

                    Look me up under my profile and let's connect.

                    1. re: ejs1492

                      EJS: tried to email you but kept getting error replies....Haven't been to Frasher's yet....don't think I am going to. Grew up on the stuff and want to see what else is going on here in the Valley. I can't wait to get to Chevaurant, Tapino, Noca....oh, so many meals...such little time.

                3. Brisket sure was dry, ribs OK, sausage a little weird...OK, the real winner here is the chicken breast. This is skinless, marinated, and (unlike everything else I had) juicy and tender. The sauces are a little weird -- where are they from, anyway? -- and the sides were none too spectacular. (My gf's salad came w/o dressing.) Most dine-in patrons are wowed by the self-soft-serve ice cream, though it's nothing special.

                  1. As a native Texan, longtime Arizona resident, and consultant working in the Dallas area for the last 3 months, I can confidently concur with every negative opinion on here about Dickey's.

                    With that being said, it is the only place I will eat at DFW Terminal E. When TGI Friday, McDoanalds, and UNO are your only other choices Dickey's doesn't seem so bad.

                    Texas BBQ shouldn't need sauce. They fact that they coat their meat in BBQ sauce means that they are masking the flavor, or lack there of.

                    Bads
                    -The brisket is always dry and has no smoke flavor, not even the fake kind.
                    -Even bbq sauce can't make their pulled pork edible.
                    -The rolls taste more like dough than roll

                    Goods
                    -Sweet Tea
                    -Free Ice Cream
                    -You can't eff up a hot link.

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                    1. re: ValleyFever

                      The best place to eat at DFW Terminal E would be to get in a cab and ride a few minutes towards FW to the Railhead Smokehouse. Unless there's a Sonny Bryan's along the way.

                      In Phoenix, the list of places I'd get Q before Dickey's includes Famous Dave's, Texas Roadhouse, Bill Austin's, Tom's, and Honeybear's. There's also Lucille's at the Tempe Marketplace, but that's for calories over quality, imo. If you want straight mom-n-pop, try Kinfolk's on Hayden south of Thomas. In fact, go there first, now I think of it. Frankly, I'd skip Q and get a cheese sandwich from the Mobil On-The-Run if the only Q was Dickey's.

                      1. re: blair_houghton

                        Kinda funny that you'll eat Famous Dave's or Texas Roadhouse, but despise Dickey's. I won't set foot in either of those place. They are an abomination to the BBQ world. Boiled ribs and liquid smoke. No way!

                        1. re: ValleyFever

                          So our friends took us to Texas Roadhouse last Monday... umm, yeah. Not impressed. By a long shot. They were so embarrassed that they talked so highly of that place even I felt bad. The sides were horrible. My burger was decent, but that's not usually why you'd go to T.R. I think what made the food taste even worse was the psychological part of the terrible service. Not sure why it seemed so busy with the food being mediocre and the service feeling detached, but maybe those people aren't Chowhounders. I'd spend my hard earned $$ elsewhere in times like these...

                    2. I love the barBq at BobbyQ's. The brisket is juicy and delish!! The ribs are great also and the restaurant is attractive. I just wish it were located in Scottsdale.