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Jul 26, 2011 07:32 PM

New and affordable BBQ on Rochester Rd in Troy that you will like [DTW]

Dickey’s BBQ Pit chain opened today in Troy on Rochester Rd., next to Ashoka. Wow, with Picano’s practically across the street, this strip is relatively becoming a little piece restaurant heaven. Perhaps you’ve been to a Dickey’s in nearby Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, or in its hometown of Dallas? This is Michigan’s first, and its franchisees are a seemingly nice couple of Hewlett Packard dropouts who live and worked near Flint.

I’m pumped up. The sides are all decent, even though none distinguish themselves as being “must haves” over their brethren. Each side is solid and undisappointing. I had the beef brisket today and I thought it firmly ranked about #5 or better (on a bad day at Clarkston Woodshop), in the greater DTW area. Not bad for “quick serve” (euphemism for fast food)!

BBQ is about as sticky of a subject as is politics, but honestly and objectively speaking, the vast majority of barbecue brisket in DTW just doesn’t hold up to Dickey’s. Take that for what it’s worth, and flog me if you may.

In addition to a generous portion of brisket, I got two sides, a roll that was actually good, a big whole pickle, and good ice cream, all for $9.00 +tax, with no tip needed! I'm stuffed, everything was good, and the brisket was even very good (not Slow’s great, but very good). Beat that within ten miles.

PS---This will be a fave’ of children, too, with the kid Q special, free pickles and soft you-serve ice cream. Free on Sunday's, I think.

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  1. They have a Dickie's at DFW Airport that was pretty damn good. I look forward to trying out these guys.

    1. Meh . I have never had anything BBQ anywhere in Detroit ever that matches what comes out of my Weber . Brisket's for corned beef in these parts . I'll pass . Slow's is mediocre , do it right and do it yourself or don't bother . BBQ is a harsh mistress .

      1. Went for dinner tonight, and indeed, VTB is right on target!

        Dickie's is EXTREMELY affordable. I got the quarter plate of chopped brisket, so 1/4 lb. of any meat, 2 sides, and a dinner roll, for $6.95. With the sides, this is a pretty hefty meal, especially considering that this is the smallest "plate" they offer--the larger options are a 1-meat or a 2-meat plate.

        The brisket was good. Not spectacular, not the best I've ever had. But given the location, the price, and the fast-casual style of the restaurant, this brisket was a real star. I think I actually preferred the overall experience at Dickie's to that at a place like Lockhart's. They make no qualms about being a simple BBQ joint, quick, affordable, clean, not too culinarily adventurous or daring, and very family-oriented. If you want good ol' simple barbecue without all the bells and whistles, this is the place.

        1. Tried this place on Tuesday night, and it was okay. I wasn't quite as enamored of it as others here, but there wasn't anything wrong with it, either. They're not trying to be high-falootin', upscale BBQ, that's for sure. What I had was passable, plentiful (there was a BOGO on the pulled pork sandwiches during March), and reasonably priced, but it's certainly not a place worth traveling to.

          No doubt, it's definitely a kid-friendly place, and if that's a factor with other people (it most certainly is not for me), then this should be a decent place for them. The service was nice, the price decent, and the food was okay. Nothing consequential, but certainly nothing *at all* to complain about.

          10 Replies
          1. re: boagman

            Agreed, boagman. I went there for lunch with a coworker (non foodie) a week ago and it was OK, but neither of us were of the opinion that we'd go out of our way to eat there again.

            1. re: coney with everything

              I probably should have done a follow up post, after having subsequently tried most of their offerings-- the smoked beef brisket is the item worth going for. (request sliced, rather than chopped into tiny pieces) I really like it. But, if that is what you tried, and you didn't like it, then sorry for the bum lead...
              The side I like there is jalapeno beans.

              1. re: VTB

                i have been there once and thought it was just ok. in the future, i am more likely to go across the street for an el charro puffy taco.

                1. re: VTB

         lunch companion had chopped brisket which she said was mushy. I know it was chopped to order because I watched the guy do it.

                  I had pulled pork and again, not objectionable, I would eat there again but wouldn't make it a destination.

                  But now xman's mention of a "puffy taco" at El Charro has me intrigued. Is that a separate menu item or do you get a "puffy" taco when you order tacos (the menu describes their tacos as "unique")?

                  1. re: coney with everything

                    nope. they have always made their tacos puffy. i grew up on the east side and went to school with three of the four kids. the original el charro's in fraer on utica road was a big hangout in high school. i have always gone back but was thrilled when they opened a new place in troy.

                    here is the story on the puffy taco

                    1. re: coney with everything

                      The one -- and ONLY -- time I've ever eaten at El Charro, I tried this "puffy taco". It was the most horrific thing I've ever put in my mouth. They basically took a flour tortilla, threw it into a deep fryer until it puffed up, then filled it with stuff. Didn't seem like they drained the tortilla at all, though, as it was overwhelmingly oily to the point of being inedible. It came filled with chicken (or your choice of meat), some mushy tomatoes, wilted browned lettuce, and .... wait for it .... MAYONNAISE!!! Absolutely the worst thing I have ever eaten in my life.

                      1. re: jjspw

                        grew up eating them and actually had one last night with my daughter. fantastic. and they get a liquor license in three weeks.

                        1. re: jjspw

                          I was hoping it would be something like an "Indian taco" but it doesn't sound like it.

                          I wonder why Indian tacos are not to be found in these seems like they'd be very popular...

                          1. re: coney with everything

                            Ah, you make me crave that wonderful chewy frybread!!! Indian tacos probably would be really popular here, but sadly, the El Charro puffy taco is nothing like it. I haven't found anything similar to an Indian taco outside of the Southwest.

                            1. re: coney with everything

                              there used to be a place in caseville called navajo taco. a little shack of a place and they cooked on a residential stove. they were good. but the place only lasted one (maybe two) summer season.