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Brisket at famous daves

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I have never been to Famous Daves and have never eaten Texas style smoked brisket outside of Texas. Is Famous Daves brisket any good? Can I order a mix of burnt ends in with the meat? I am having a craving and don't want to be disappointed.

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  1. Daves is a chain.
    It's not bad, but it id not real BBQ and I doubt any one from Texas will acknowledge it as being real BBQ!

    1. You do not want to order brisket at Famous Dave's if you want Texas brisket. If you ask for burnt ends, the server will have no clue what you are talking about. I'm saving you from disappointment based on my own experience- you can thank me later. ;)

      1. I've eaten at Famous Daves multiple times, but I can't even remember if I've ever had the brisket, so take from that what you will.

        The rib tips are very good though, and a great deal. The smoked wings are a winner, and the catfish fingers are also pretty tasty.

        1. I'm hardly a brisket expert, to me BBQ means pork LOL But I actually like Famous Daves as far as restaurant fare goes and I rarely eat BBQ out because our homemade is perfect to me.

          1. I had the brisket at Famous Dave's a few weeks ago. It had some indicia of smoke but it was very very soft. No resemblance to burnt ends whatsoever. Not bad but just not what you're looking for.

            1. We liked the brisket at FD when they first opened here in Vegas some years back, although it was never real BBQ. Since then they've changed it -- what they serve now seems to be some marinated/tenderized abomination, and yeah, nothing that remotely resembles burnt ends. Come to think of it, a while back I asked for burnt ends, and they put the slices of brisket on the grill. Um, no.

              1. Mrs CHM prefers chains to individually owned restaurants. For some reason she thinks that no one washes their hands unless they work in a chain. After 26 years of marriage and a large amount of time working in non-chain restaurants, I cannot convince her otherwise.

                She talking me into FD's in Kansas City (Freakin Kansas City, where you can't swing a dead cat and not hit a good, real barbecue joint) a couple of times. Brisket was awful. Catfish is pretty good. After the first visit, I opted for catfish.

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                1. re: chileheadmike

                  Well, chains do offer consistency. Unfortunately in this case, it means consistently mediocre. I've found BBQ to be the most inconsistent food there is. I ate at Smitty's and Black's on the same day when in Lockhart, TX; Smitty's was awful, and Black's was great. I've seen people post who had the exact opposite experience. These are both highly regarded BBQ places.

                  I've had both the best and worst BBQ I've ever eaten, from the same place on different visits -- Flint's, Oakland, CA, (R.I.P.)