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Famous Dave's Barbecue: A Study in Mediocrity

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Famous Dave's Barbecue: A Study in Mediocrity

Bob W. | Jan 17, 2006 02:43 PM

Yesterday we tried the new Famous Dave's in Chantilly VA. Won't be going back anytime soon.

The ribs were decent, the corn bread muffin was very good, but the sides were forgettable at best.

Also, the place is so corporate it's a joke. The server gives you a scripted tutorial on their barbecue sauces and when I got her off her script a bit later she was completely lost. We ordered a side of "firecracker beans." They were utterly bland so I asked for a bottle of sport peppers in vinegar (like Texas Pete for example). She looked at me like I had horns growing out of my head. She went back to the kitchen and reported that her manager looked at her like she had horns growing out of her head. The best they could do was red wine vinegar! LOL

Also, one of their sauces is called "Georgia Mustard." Nice try, but no.

Further, the place is decorated like every other fake barbecue joint and Mrs. W. (hardly a barbecue maven, expert, or snob) noticed that the place HAD NO SMELL WHATSOEVER. Completely antiseptic.

The place is also no bargain, either.

Skip Famous Dave's. I am hopeful this joint won't drive our local independent -- Willard's Barbecue -- out of business.

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