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Aug 18, 2009 12:15 PM

Famous Dave's BBQ in Westlake Village now is open.

This is their first week open and they've run out of to-go menus. Has anyone been? The one in Long Beach seems to get decent reviews but I've not been. But since this one is just around the corner from my office I hope it measures up.

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  1. Ah, the Olive Garden of barbecue. But it won't poison you.

    In a match between Famous Dave's and Mr. Cecil's, I'd pick Famous Dave's... maybe.

    (Note that I haven't been to the Westlake branch -- but it's a huge chain and I've had it in enough places to know that it's pretty consistently mediocre.)

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Thanks, I'll avoid it unless there's a flood of positive comments. I'll drive to Fab instead.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        We ate once at the Simi location and were'nt too excited. However, with this one being so close figured we'd try it.

        I've Been twice, their 2nd night and last Wed. (they opened on the 10th). First off, the decor is basic Applebee's with different pictures. I don't know what they did for 4 months getting the place ready.

        It is very ordinary, and they do not have their service act together yet. We had several problems so they gave us 2 $10 gift certificates, which we used toward the bill and when the waiter brought the bill they gave us 2 more $10 certificates for our next visit.

        I don't know if we'll be back. Both nights the food was very average, edible, but nothing very exciting. I had the chopped chicken sandwich the 1st time, and it was not worth $10!! The next time I had the chicken/rib combo. Sides were tasteless, chicken, as mentioned was plain and ordinary. The ribs are still in my freezer for a future lunch.

        I think in the area Lazy Dog is much much better and whole lot cheaper. Also, FDBBQ is very noisy, something I don't like.

        Overall their prices are way too high for the quality. I might cut them a little slack on the service due to only just opening, and give them credit for making good on the errors of their ways, but like I said, it's Lazy Dog for us!!

        1. re: LesThePress

          Thanks for the reviews, that will save me a trip. Can't see Famous Daves being able to compete with Woodranch or Bandits.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek

          As usual, das ubergeek gets it right.
          Say goodnight, Gracie!
          Save your money and cook at home, or get the takeout ribs at Costco.
          And Mr. Cecil should NEVER be even mentioned, even in this setting. Tony Romas is better.

          1. re: carter

            This is enough for me! I'm driving to Fab and waiting however long it takes for a steamed with Stadium mustard and Bald Eagle relish.

          2. re: Das Ubergeek

            Famous Dave's is good for cities that don't have good BBQ (like in Minnesota, where I'm from - it was the place to get BBQ because there weren't other choices). It's not bad, but somewhere around mediocre like DU says. But, when that's all you have, you are pretty happy with it. But, here in LA, there are some good BBQ places, so I was surprised to see FDs coming out here.

            1. re: mdpilam

              Yeah, I remember it from the Land of the Frozen Chosen (Rochester, MN and La Crosse, WI) and it was always just kind of... meh. But you're right that barbecue is not exactly a big thing in the Upper Midwest so we ate there when we needed it, and waited until the churches and schools started having Chicken-Qs in the summer.

          3. Very pricey for decent ribs and brisket. I have been to the one at Ontario Mills and the price is absurd. I'll stick with Bludso's, Phillip's, and Jaybee's.

            1. I have been to the original which is in my brother's town of Hayward, WI as well as the one in the Mall of America. Oh, I was also in one during my midwest driving trip about 6 years ago - in Kansas, maybe. It was passable. I definitely do not remember what I ordered or ate. Do I crave it and need it like I do Cracker Barrel when I am in the midwest? Absolutely not. But Tom, go and make your own call.