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Oct 26, 2013 12:42 PM

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in the Bay Area

In another thread, “sfchris” mentioned that Dickey’s had opened several franchises locally.

I checked the corporate website and was stunned to find that there are 15 locations in the SF Bay Area, whoa!

Castro Valley
Morgan Hill
Mountain View
Pleasant Hill
San Bruno
San Jose
San Ramon
Sunnyvale, coming soon

I’d be interested in hearing how well any of these specific *Bay Area* branches of Dickey’s represent North Texas barbecue and compare to the original location in Texas.

My one experience with Sonny Bryan’s in Grapevine (north of DFW)

Opinions about Dickey’s nationally on the Chains board for other locations,

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  1. We have eaten a lot of great BBQ in Texas-- mostly near San Antonio, Austin and Lexington.

    DH has eaten at the Dickies in Elk Grove just south of Sacramento. He was not impressed.

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    1. re: dimsumgirl

      None of those are North Texas where Dickey's originated. But thanks.

      (P.S. I envy your Tx chowing!)

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I've never tried Dickey's in Texas, but I have had other BBQs in Texas.

        Re Dickey's in Bay Area, I've tried one in Pleasanton, and not impressed with the quality / food.

    2. I've never been to TX, but I went once to the Dickey's in Fremont back in 2008 & the food was pretty bad. Pulled pork sandwich was dry, mac & cheese very boring & not cheesy.You do get FREE soft-serve ice cream, & that was just average. Haven't been back.

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      1. re: hhc

        I was telling someone that they give you the free soft serve to help you get the taste of the food out of your mouth. I tried a location near austin and one in upstate NY. ribs/brisket/pulled pork all pretty gross.

      2. Thanks for starting this thread, Melanie... and I'm sorry that it appears (so far) that Dickey's is a bust. 4505 meats is taking over the Brother in Laws smoker on Divisadero and so I suppose there's always hope that someday we will get good BBQ out here....

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        1. re: sfchris

          >4505 meats is taking over the Brother in Laws smoker on Divisadero<

          I look forward to seeing what they do with that smoker.

          1. re: sfchris

            Well, I had some hope reading the thread on the Chains board that some other locations have gotten better with time, more experience, breaking in the smoker, etc. Most of the ones out here are pretty new though some have been around longer.

            Last year there were some positive words for the one in Saratoga (actually San Jose) Westgate West mall,

            I found this 2010 post interesting, "I recently tried the newly opened Dickeys BBQ in PLeasanton and was pretty disappointed. The meat did not have a very smokey flavor and there was no bark on the outside of the meat. I later came to find that they use a "high pressure" smoking method that supposedly allows them to finish meat that would typically cook for 12-18 hours in 1 1/2 - 2 hours. "

          2. I've tried Dickey's at a mall in Nashville, and at a strip mall here in Vegas -- brisket both times.. The former was just OK, the latter, nasty. Fall-apart tender, but just doesn't taste like real BBQ.

            1. That Sunnyvale location is in a traditionally doomed location that has housed a couple very nice but short-lived restaurants in the past. Given the lack of enthusiasm here and elsewhere, and the overall odds against chain barbecue being any good at all, I'll wait for that one to open rather than venturing further afield. My North Texas reference points are Sonny Bryan's in Dallas and Angelo's in Fort Worth, but those were many years ago.