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hamiltont
04-04-2012, 10:40 AM
It looks like a Dickey's Barbecue franchise is opening up here in Kearney very soon. I've never been in one so I was wondering what to expect. Dine-in, Take-out and Catering experiences? Cheers!!!

NRA4Life
04-04-2012, 10:43 AM
Expect that you'll make better Q yourself than that place. We had one open here, closed down within a year. Now a City BBQ has opened in the exact building Dickies was in, and they are busy all the time. Imagine that...if you serve garbage, nobody will buy it...

criffaaa1
04-04-2012, 10:50 AM
Tried dickey's in dallas. their sausage& turkey breast were good but the rest sucked. Brisket was dry,PP was generic.I'm not even gonna talk about their mushy ribs.... Oooos just did.

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ThatsWhatSheSaidBBQ
04-04-2012, 10:52 AM
It's not impressive..we've had one here for 5 months and I just stopped by the other day..got a combo with brisket and pp..

brisket was chopped and fatty..The bark actually tasted like hotdog chili..

The pp had a decent flavor but was a bit dry. It had the color of the jerky chew (the fake tobacco stuff).

Potato salad was okay..not quite savory enough for me..

The fried okra may have been the best I've ever had anywhere though...I don't know why but it was absolutely amazing..I'd go back just for okra..if I was within a block or two and wanted okra..

There sauces are all the same..Hot, Original, and Sweet..taste like the same base sauce with pepper or sweetener added..not impressed...If I never go back, I won't be sad..

caseydog
04-04-2012, 10:53 AM
They are all over the Dallas area, and there is one a couple miles from me.

They are good, relative to most chain BBQ stores. Definitely not "garbage." I meet people at Dickey's for lunch on occasion. I usually get a sliced brisket sammich and a loaded baked tater.

It's going to be tough opening in a new market. Here, they can open anywhere, and people know what to expect. That's probably the problem they had in Ohio, unless that store wasn't doing it like the one's here.

CD

eddieh70301
04-04-2012, 10:54 AM
SUCKS!!! no chain BBQ joint is good. Stick with the independents or q yourself.

JS-TX
04-04-2012, 11:07 AM
Tried just once, never again. There is no smoke smell at all in this place, in fact there is more smoke scent at Burger King!

ThatsWhatSheSaidBBQ
04-04-2012, 11:09 AM
SUCKS!!! no chain BBQ joint is good. Stick with the independents or q yourself.

Famous Dave's is surprisingly good.

lcbateman3
04-04-2012, 11:14 AM
I've had mixed reviews with them. Some were decent, others I wouldn't feed it to my dogs. I think its truly dependent on that actual store and the effort people put into it.

lcbateman3
04-04-2012, 11:15 AM
Famous Dave's is surprisingly good.

Just like I said above, it depends on the store. The one I ate in Wi was horrible, couldn't stand it. So I tried one in Salt Lake City, and it was actually very good. So I think it all comes down to the staff and management at any store.

BeaglesBBQ
04-04-2012, 11:48 AM
deff dont expect much, the one up the street from me is awful!

Hankdad1
04-04-2012, 12:09 PM
We've been to just one. The ribs were tasteless, the potato salad had the overly sweet flavor of supermarket potato salad, but the consistency of mashed potatoes. Ugh! I'd love to tell you about the brisket and the beans, but they neglected to put them in our takeout order. We called thinking they might send us a certificate for the shortage. The worker that took the call kept asking the manager to talk to us, he wouldn't and had the worker tell us to drive back if we wanted our sides. This was during a MN 8" snowstorm! So, crappy food and sh***y service means that's the last of our money they will get.

dddouglas
04-04-2012, 03:41 PM
I guess the ones outside of TX have a lot to be desired. No they are not the end all of bbq joints but the ones I have been in smelled like the inside of a smoker and the food was passable. You gotta q your own or go to Lockhart if you want great.

OMFGBBQ
04-04-2012, 03:48 PM
Never heard of them. Are they similar to Woody's

bbq.tom
04-04-2012, 04:11 PM
Dickey's is popping up around North Carolina and is giving barbecue a bad name. Some "visitors" don't know that Dickey's isn't NC Q!!!

gruene smoke
04-04-2012, 07:10 PM
If you go to one of the places around Dallas that is owned by the Dickey family, they are ok, (Not great, but passable). Any of the franchised locations around the country will suck. Chain has some serious quality control issues.

hamiltont
04-05-2012, 09:29 AM
Does anyone know how the franchises operate? Is the meat cooked/smoked on-site or shipped in frozen & warmed up? If on-site is it procured locally or shipped in frozen? Do they have any flexibility in the menu or how the food is prepared or what ingredients are used? Just curious I guess. Cheers!!!

NRA4Life
04-05-2012, 10:36 AM
Does anyone know how the franchises operate? Is the meat cooked/smoked on-site or shipped in frozen & warmed up? If on-site is it procured locally or shipped in frozen? Do they have any flexibility in the menu or how the food is prepared or what ingredients are used? Just curious I guess. Cheers!!!

The one we had here that closed, did not have a smoker on site, and as one of the other members posting said, there was no smoke smell to the place either. They brought it (the meat) in from somewhere else. The meat was bland. The sauces sucked. It was purely garbage BBQ. I'd rather eat a McRib. The only thing they had going for them was they had a big selection of side dishes, but BBQ is all about the meat not the side dishes.

BIGBrandon2785
04-07-2012, 11:43 PM
Dickey's is ok,nothing special but its ok if you want bbq in a hurry.Its defintally not homemade Q

silverfinger
04-08-2012, 12:11 AM
Had one open up in torrance a few years ago.
They did not last one year. I did not care for there q.

RangerJ
04-10-2012, 09:55 AM
Because I'm always looking for an opportunity to quit "workin' for the man", I happen to know the franchise here in Houston is for sale.

And generally speaking, while better than some places our Que in Houston is mediocre at best.

When I lived in Highland Village, there was a Dickey's in Flower Mound. Of course I had to try it, it was decent I thought and there was a smoker on site, smelled like smoke etc. That being said, I've never been to one outside of Texas. When I travel I always try and find the local que.

Speaking of chains/ Famous Daves. When I lived in Arizona there was one there that was a big supporter of competitions. Heck, we used to have brisket competitions on site. Cook them at home, slice them at their place and have judges judge. I always thought that they did pretty good que at that one.

Then a few months ago I was at the corporate office in Michigan for a meeting and they had Famous Daves cater. Below is the brisket pan, which the local office crew was chomping down on, you are free to draw your own conclusions.

I decided to eat the Mac and Cheese for Lunch....



http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/MichiganBrisket.jpg

ROF, Texas
04-20-2012, 04:12 PM
RangerJ, the Clear lake Dickey's location is currently on it's second group of owners within 18 months. This location was by our office and we tried their catering several times and it was terrible. I actually had conversations with the first ownership team, exoressed my dissatisfaction amd was willing to asist them with product QA/QC. They did not last another 6 months and the new team is no better. Too many good Q joints in Houston, so no reason to visit this chain.

hamiltont
04-24-2012, 04:45 PM
HMMMM? http://denver.craigslist.org/bfs/2966114476.html

ThomEmery
04-24-2012, 06:02 PM
Deal

Captain P.J.
05-06-2012, 01:24 AM
Then a few months ago I was at the corporate office in Michigan for a meeting and they had Famous Daves cater. Below is the brisket pan, which the local office crew was chomping down on, you are free to draw your own conclusions.

I decided to eat the Mac and Cheese for Lunch....



http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/MichiganBrisket.jpg

So... Dickies still sucks? (They do) What do you have better? (Just cause you offer crappy pics of a competitior) Let's see yours.

accuseal
05-06-2012, 07:17 AM
The one in Detroit isnt too bad. Had the Brisky and some pulled pork. I'd give em a KCBS 6 or 7. Not the greatest Q but for fast food at a pretty reasonable price it was tolerable. Best part was free ice cream!

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kurtsara
05-06-2012, 07:38 AM
Does anyone know how the franchises operate? Is the meat cooked/smoked on-site or shipped in frozen & warmed up? If on-site is it procured locally or shipped in frozen? Do they have any flexibility in the menu or how the food is prepared or what ingredients are used? Just curious I guess. Cheers!!!

There a few around the cities here, it looks like they are owned by the same owner and maybe smoke at one or two and bring the food to the other ones.

secondcityswine
05-23-2012, 04:15 PM
We have a Dickies by my office in the western suburbs of Chicago. A few coworkers wanted to try it out and were curious what I thought about it. All I'll say is that the sauce dressed up some dry and rather tasteless meat. The iced tea was great though! They seem to do a decent amount of business, but I guess we all can't be bbq snobs.

Gore
06-14-2012, 12:25 PM
I always seem to eat at Dickey's when I'm transferring through Dallas. The one in Terminal A is better than the small joint in Terminal C, but that's only because they have seating with a decent view. Overall, the food is pretty boring. The sauce seems very generic, the brisket is normally dry and chewy. The chicken is the best deal -- half chicken, two sides, drink, and tax for under $10 -- but also is dry, chewy, and the breast partially inedible it is so dry and tough -- I'm actually normally still hungry after this meal :crazy:. I think this is also because I've never seen such a small half chicken before. I've only eaten it in the airport and I always wonder afterward why I did. If the food was better, I'd rate it a 5 out of 10. :becky:

hamiltont
06-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Well, I've sampled some of their products since my original post.
Chopped Brisket - Blah, and dry!
Marinated Chicken - Okay.
Baked Beans - Van Camps straight from the can...
Coleslaw - Barf! I mean really BARF!!!!!
BBQ Sauce - That must be where the smoke comes from 'cause it smelled like straight liquid smoke...

I've talked to others who ate at the restaurant and some who had Dickey's cater, and to a "T" everyone has said never again!

Too bad really. It just doesn't take that much more effort to put out a real meal IMO.

Cheers!!!

eddieh70301
06-16-2012, 07:36 AM
We had one that opened here about a year ago and it lasted about 6 mths. Every time a passed no one was there and no smoke smell. People I've talked to said it was ok but not a place they would visit on a reg basis.
BBQ chains just don't make it around here. Young kids wiring and have no clue.
There is one local, independent BBQ joint that is great. The owner is hands on and that's the only way you can turn out consistent que.



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txschutte
06-16-2012, 10:12 AM
Well, I've sampled some of their products since my original post.
Chopped Brisket - Blah, and dry!
Marinated Chicken - Okay.
Baked Beans - Van Camps straight from the can...
Coleslaw - Barf! I mean really BARF!!!!!
BBQ Sauce - That must be where the smoke comes from 'cause it smelled like straight liquid smoke...

I've talked to others who ate at the restaurant and some who had Dickey's cater, and to a "T" everyone has said never again!

Too bad really. It just doesn't take that much more effort to put out a real meal IMO.

Cheers!!!
I tried to talk Rich from buying a "Dickey's" chain. Told him he was better off doing his own thing.

I happen to know the franchise owner in Kearney, he would welcome the criticism from someone else, other than me. He thinks I'm just a BBQ snob.

Let me know if you would like to provide constructive criticism..

hamiltont
06-17-2012, 09:37 AM
I tried to talk Rich from buying a "Dickey's" chain. Told him he was better off doing his own thing.

I happen to know the franchise owner in Kearney, he would welcome the criticism from someone else, other than me. He thinks I'm just a BBQ snob.

Let me know if you would like to provide constructive criticism..

Hey Shane,

I plan to stop by & visit with him as well. I understand he used to be with Pegler Sysco or something like that. I wonder how much leeway he really has with his products though. If he can't alter the process/recipes then I doubt there is much hope. Cheers!!!

Cooter
06-17-2012, 08:23 PM
Tried the Clear Lake (Houston) location - dry, plastic wrapped meat. No smoker visible, but there was about 1/10 cord of wood stacked behind dumpster. They seem more concerned about selling franchises, than good BBQ. There's a Rudy's, Red River, and several other places within a few miles that are better, IMHO. Of course, my wife says mine is better than all of those, that's why I love her...

jacksedona
06-17-2012, 08:59 PM
i agree with you that its better to do your own thing. the amount of money you pay as a franchise can destroy you-thats why many fail.

Eddie now in the first post why do you think bbq cant do well-people don't like bbq around your area?

Gore
06-18-2012, 09:56 PM
After writing my glowing review, I'm getting google ads for Dickey's BBQ. :thumb:

Bludawg
06-30-2012, 02:27 PM
They make good sweet tea and the jalapenos where good other than that Stay away. The one in Waco didn't last 6 months.

Roo-B-Q'N
06-30-2012, 04:14 PM
Will be interesting to see how long Kearney stays open. Wwe had one in Omaha for about a year. Ate there once, and did not see a smoker. Don't remember the food being all that great.

txschutte
06-30-2012, 07:29 PM
There will be one opening in Grand Island soon. Rich really couldn't understand why I didn't want to buy into a partnership on the next store. He just assumed because I was a BBQ guy I would be all over it.

Unfortunately, big BBQ means lame BBQ out here. The only cat that makes great BBQ at a restaurant out here is Al's Smokehouse in North Platte. That guy has it nailed.

pahutchens
06-30-2012, 09:59 PM
I interviewed with Dickie's a year plus ago.
In the Twin Cities they actually have competing franchises. One group seems to be doing better than the others. The guy I interviewed with was serious about creating a good product. Small world He was in my CBJ class a few more years back. They had smokers on site. Had to follow a consistent company menu.
My samples following the interview were good but not standoutish.
Hvve I been back, no. Do some of my coworkers eat there almost weekly yes. Enough big damn yellow cups to decorate a rose bowl float

Groundhog66
07-01-2012, 01:02 AM
Here is my Yelp review of Dickie's BBQ...(1 Star)


I am a HUGE BBQ fan, I love to BBQ and smoke meats at home. My wife and I were really excited to try this place out, only to end up deeply disappointed. I stopped by and picked up a Family Meal, in which I chose ribs, sliced brisket, mac & cheese, waffle fries, fried okra and biscuits.......The ribs were not very good at all, the bones were actually broken in half and the meat was pretty mushy with a funky flavor. The brisket was sliced so thin, it had absolutely NO chance to retain the little bit of moisture it MAY have had to begin with. The mac & cheese had a very mushy consistency, and pretty much no flavor at all. The waffle fries and fried okra were okay, but it is very difficult to screw up something like that. The highlight was the biscuits, although not extraordinary or homemade, they were the best part of the meal. To sum it all up, I ended up throwing away what was left over (which was quite a bit). And needless to say, we will not be returning to give them a second chance.

Gore
07-01-2012, 10:30 PM
Here is my Yelp review of Dickie's BBQ...(1 Star)


I am a HUGE BBQ fan, I love to BBQ and smoke meats at home. My wife and I were really excited to try this place out, only to end up deeply disappointed. I stopped by and picked up a Family Meal, in which I chose ribs, sliced brisket, mac & cheese, waffle fries, fried okra and biscuits.......The ribs were not very good at all, the bones were actually broken in half and the meat was pretty mushy with a funky flavor. The brisket was sliced so thin, it had absolutely NO chance to retain the little bit of moisture it MAY have had to begin with. The mac & cheese had a very mushy consistency, and pretty much no flavor at all. The waffle fries and fried okra were okay, but it is very difficult to screw up something like that. The highlight was the biscuits, although not extraordinary or homemade, they were the best part of the meal. To sum it all up, I ended up throwing away what was left over (which was quite a bit). And needless to say, we will not be returning to give them a second chance.

I think that sums it up pretty well. To put a positive spin on it, I can honestly say that I have eaten worse. :laugh:

FLAQUE
07-08-2012, 01:42 AM
Dickey's are everywhere in the DFW area. Don't bother. Save your money and go get a pizza!

hamiltont
07-23-2012, 02:44 PM
Well, Wife drug me to Dickey's last week. They had a $1.00 special on pulled pork sammies. Walked up and smelled smoke! The sammies were not too shabby. I would consider the pulled pork again. Had a side of jalapeño beans too. Nothing special but there were none left either soooo... Cheers!!!

rexbbq
07-23-2012, 02:52 PM
Good to know about the place. They are opening one up later this month on Broad Street in Glen Allen. Ill have to try the okra. Probably the only thing cooked onsite.

hamiltont
07-23-2012, 03:08 PM
The Dickey's here obviously smokes their meat on-site. You can smell it a block away... Cheers!!!