One bummer about living in Fayetteville is that there really isn't a great BBQ place that I've found close to here. Yeah, if I want to travel to, say, McDonough, there is one, but I'm talking local. So it surprised me to have a friend, who I don't know as a foodie but a good friend nonetheless, told me about Dickey's BBQ that has opened in PTC. I thought it was a chain, and my memory was right, but I decided to try it.
I ordered the 2-meat plate, chopped beef brisket and pulled pork. My 2 sides were slaw and Brunswick stew. I am gluten-free by choice, so I cannot review the roll, as I didn't eat it. Got sweet tea and pickles also.
The beef brisket did have some smoke flavor, but for the most part it was fairly dry. I did get one bite that was actually somewhat moist toward the end of my meal. If ALL of them had been like that one, I might have better things to say about it. Gotta have sauce to be able to eat most of it. For me, if I HAVE to use sauce, it ain't good Q! This, to me, was the loser on the plate.
The pork had less smoky flavor than the beef did, but it was also more moist. Nothing to write home about, but not quite as disgusting as some other reviewers have tried to paint it, and overall better than the beef. Still needs sauce though.
As far as the sauces go, I liked their original far better than their sweet or their hot. It actually tastes like a combo of the two. A little runny, but it gets a "fair-to-good" rating. The other 2 not so much. The original sauce has enough heat to it for those who want some but not too much heat. My wife would think it is "hot" but it really isn't.
The slaw was not a heavily-mayo-based slaw, which I appreciate. It was OK. Not wonderful, not awful. The more of the sauce I tasted, the less I liked it. I liked my first bite better than my last.
The winner on the plate to me was the Brunswick stew. It's a thicker stew. No drip from the fork. Good flavor. Fairly hearty. I would have that again. Good.
The sweet tea is fair-to-good. Not as good as CFA, but still good. Not so sweet that I needed to go 1/2 and 1/2, which I do appreciate. So many places over sweeten their tea to "coma tea" status. Not this one.
Yes, they have free soft-serve ice cream. Nothing special, but my kids would like that. But I'm not eating here for the ice cream, know what I mean?
Overall, I would not go out of my way to eat at this place, although, alternatives around Fayetteville are fairly scarce, so if I was passing it and felt like Q enough and didn't have time to get to a real place, I suppose I would go again. I just wish they had better Q to go with the stew.
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