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!
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,
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. "
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.
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.