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May 10, 2009 02:04 AM

Famous Dave's BBQ coming to Thousand Oaks - moved from Los Angeles board

I just saw a sign in the window of what used to be the Applebee's located at Thousand Oaks Blvd. And Westlake Blvd. It announced that a Famous Dave's Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que will soon be opening.

I have never been to a Famous Dave's myself, but it must be good. I mean, he's both "famous" and "legendary", and you couldn't get that way with bad bbq... right?

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  1. 'Famous' Dave's BBQ is a hugh chain operation based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. All of the locations on the western half of the U.S. are franchise operations. Regarding the ribs, their website says..."Hand-rubbed with a secret blend of tongue-tingling spices, pit-smoked for 3-4 hours, slathered in sauce, then flame-kissed on the grill. I'm not an expert competition bbq guy but good bbq needs two or three times that long in the smoker and they should skip the "flame kissed" part!
    Probably any further discussion should be on the CHAINS board.

    1. Famous Dave's is to BBQ as the Olive Garden is to Italian...

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      1. re: Leper

        I'm a Minneapolis, MN. native thats lived in L.A the last 20 years.

        Famous Dave's is an indian owned barbecue chain that has won numerous barbecue competitions. Just because its a chain I wouldn't knock it. I still think its one of the best around if you live in an area with weak barbecue. You must try their St. Louis cut ribs and briskets. I love their wilbur beans too, plus each order comes with corn bread and a corn on the cob. They have a location in Simi Valley too. Oh yeah, the bread pudding dessert is a thumbs up too.

        So glad Famous Dave's is now in Cali.



        1. re: Hypnotic23

          There really is a Famous Dave, not a corporate boardroom concept. Dave Anderson started out with one place that grew to many. Dave is also very well known for his charitable works with Native Americans and he has active tribal affiliation. As far as the food, it's pretty good, Dave has competed and won on the competitive BBQ circuit but each store is run a little different and quality varies. I like his brisket sandwich and most of the sides are really good, otherwise everything varies and it comes down to a matter of personal taste.

          1. re: Hypnotic23

            Famous Dave's is really good, but only in Minnesota. I loved their ribs when I lived there, but every one I've been to outside of the state has been mediocre at best.

        2. If you're in the Thousand Oaks area, the best bbq is at Bandits, on Moorpark road. If you *must* try Famous Dave's, they have a location in Simi, which is usually crowded, and imho highly overrated.

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