Looking for good BBQ in or near Western Mass
Has anyone tried Famous Dave's BBQ in Springfield? I've never heard of the chain and normally don't like chains, but if they have good BBQ , I'm in! I like Bub's okay but I usually only get the pulled pork sandwich. Have also tried the Putney, VT place, which is okay but also not great. I never liked the place in Easthampton, which is gone now - just remembered the name - Smokin' Lil's.
If anyone knows of a good BBQ place or has tried Famous Dave's I would love to hear about it.
The best 'Q in the general Pioneer Valley area is Top of the Hill Grill in Brattleboro, Vt. Since the sad demise of Holy Smokes nothing else comes close. Certainly not Bub's, Famous Dave's nor Curtis', the one in Putney, IMO http://www.topofthehillgrill.com/home/
Top of the Hill Grille
632 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
I'm not quite sure how Theodores in downtown Springfield hasn't been mentioned yet! They have some of the absolute best bbq in Western Mass. Their signature sauce is the bourbon sauce which they make in house. http://www.theobbq.com
Booze, Blues, BBQ and don't forget Smith's Billiards just upstairs. Same great food, but a large poolhall. Its the oldest operating pool hall in the country.
Oh and I did go to Famous Daves the other day. It wasn't bad and was nice to have a new restaurant in the area, but it is still a chain and didn't compete with Theodores even a little bit. The portions were stingy and the ribs kinda fatty (St Louis style Im told) They had 5 kinds of sauce on the table which was interesting but they cook the food with the main one. We weren't given a choice. Would you really want to mix them? I will go back for sure, but I won't go out of my way to head there.
Famous Dave's is a huge coast-to-coast BBQ chain (38 states and counting..). Not bad if you like formula Q in a formula atmosphere with formula portions. And it's headquartered in that BBQ mecca of the world, Minnesota. Ha. Welcome to Springfield, Dave's. Crapo-chain capital of New England dining.