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Dickey’s BBQ Restaurant Review

Posted By: Richard Wachtel
Published: December 2, 2014

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I am usually not a big fan of posting bad barbecue restaurant reviews as I like to keep the website really positive but I had some serous high hopes of getting some amazing barbecue from Texas BBQ based chain Dickey’s BBQ. But unfortunately, I am going to be posting a very rare barbecue restaurant review.

Before I share with you this review I wanted to take a minute to share with you a little about Dickey’s BBQ Pit.

In 1941, Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas. Space on the restaurant’s sign was rented out to help pay the start-up costs for the restaurant and the menu was limited to beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, beer, bottled milk and sodas.

Brothers Roland Dickey and T.D. Dickey, Jr. took over the business in 1967, continuing their father’s legacy of quality, hickory-smoked signature meats. Under the direction of Roland and T.D, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit expanded throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and became a staple in North Texas culture.

Now that we got some background about Dickey’s Barbecue lets get down to the review. When visiting and eating at a barbecue restaurant there are a couple of items that I look for: (1) Freshness of barbecue; (2) constancy of the barbecue food; and the overall barbecue atmosphere. On all three accounts the Dickey’s barbecue restaurant that I attended really fell short of my expectations.

For my review I purchased some pork ribs; brisket; pull pork and some side dishes such as beans and mac and cheese. Let’s start with the proteins and more specifically the pork ribs. This was something that can tell me right away if a barbecue restaurant is legit and boy after trying some overly burnt and had a lack of meat on the bones which prompted me to actually return the ribs and get a new sub-par rack of ribs.

The only highlight of the meal was the brisket which was nice and tender and also really juicy. The only thing that shocked me is that when I ordered the brisket the person cutting the piece of meat told me that the brisket wasn’t popular because: “it doesn’t cook constantly.” Maybe it was a bit of truth that we rarely hear but I guess I didn’t want to hear it, I wanted to hear that the food was always amazing and something that many customers should enjoy.

To end my meal at Dickey’s I had some side dishes which included baked beans and also some mac and cheese and for those who know me there is nothing better to me than a good mac and cheeses. Once again Dickey’s barbecue fell short with the Mac and Cheese which was ice cold and needed to be reheated.

Overall, I had such a bad experience that I think that Dickey’s barbecue will not be a place that I will be visiting again. Actually, I think that Dickey’s should be a place where you get some free ice cream not good barbecue.

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