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Famous Dave's

gmm Mar 15, 2009 03:18 AM

A friend of mine mentioned she had dinner at Famous Dave's. I've never even heard of this place. Chowhound opinions?

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    OneSonTwoCats Apr 2, 2009 05:30 PM

    If you order a salad to go along with your meal, eat the salad (huge fresh and filling) and doggie-bag the entree to give to someone you see on the side of the road. Because you won't want to eat it. And you won't miss a thing.

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      blindowl Apr 16, 2009 07:54 PM

      In Delaware on business (Newark area), a Texan was raving about Famous Dave's. It was the worst BBQ brisket I've ever had.

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      Tripper Mar 27, 2009 06:07 PM

      As usual...buy local is always better than a chain. My friends from Minneapolis swear this place used to be good. They opened locally and the same friends say it is terrible. When in doubt go local and avoid chains.

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        LikestoEatout Mar 31, 2009 08:55 AM

        The original Famous Dave's was started in Hayward Wisconsin by Dave Anderson as a one store operation bbq shack. He later expanded to Minneapolis and then a few year later expanded the chain throughout the Midwest. It's now national and Dave is not actively involved. He is very involved in chartitable work with at risk youth and Native American eductational issues. He is an active member of the Choctaw/Chippewa tribe in Wisconsin. So whatever his Famous Dave's have turned out to be, it did start with one guy doing the cooking and not a corporate concept like many chains.

      2. alkapal Mar 16, 2009 06:03 AM

        i've been to one here in suburban d.c. (vienna, va), and it was so-so.

        my sister and brother in law (picky eaters, cattlemen, and beef and bbq cognoscenti) and my nephew (a good hunter and all-round outdoorsman) LOVE the one in s. fort myers, florida.

        so, i'm thinking the deliciousness is location-specific.

        1. mrbigshotno.1 Mar 15, 2009 02:29 PM

          Pretty much matters on whose working in the back. No consistency at the one in my town. Front of the house not much better. The garbage can lid thing is stupid.

          1. MandalayVA Mar 15, 2009 11:56 AM

            It's okay, just don't come expecting Arthur Bryant's.

            1. Samalicious Mar 15, 2009 07:54 AM

              Oh, there are a few. Start here:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/517666

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                chileheadmike Mar 15, 2009 08:57 AM

                My wife loves it. I'm not even sure its barbecue. Worst ribs I ever ate. The fried catfish was pretty good.

                How they manage to draw huge crowds in KC is beyond me.

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                  rubinow Apr 6, 2009 01:44 PM

                  They closed up in KC, but are supposedly set to reopen.

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