Famous Dave's BBQ Informative - Famous Dave's - The Applebee's of BBQ
CHERRYHILL, NEW JERSEY -- My other half and I like to support local and privately owned restaurants but at 7pm on a recent Friday night, we found ourselves ravenous and in no mood to wait an hour to be seated at our favorite hot spot. Friends of ours had been raving about Famous Daves and being no stranger to BBQ, we decided it was well past time we give them a shot.
On this particular Friday, the parking lot was filled to the brim but we didn’t wait more than five minutes to be seated. The staff, albeit young, was friendly and very professional. Normally at chain restaurants I get the feeling that my server was either just hired or is about to freak out and quit in a blaze of glory. It’s obvious that this establishment trains their waiters and waitresses before they throw them on the floor. They also sport Famous Dave’s T-shirts with witty slogans on the back that are good for a light hearted chuckle. The establishment’s décor was very rustic, consisting of moose heads and pictures of old fishing trips, and provided something to gaze at other than the sports game that was on TV.
As I stated, our server was exceptional and the food arrived very quickly, most likely because the menu consists of a few basic items served in multiple combinations. Our meals were hot and aside from the cookie cutter appearance that I associate with chains, was quite tasty. The compilation of BBQ sauces that graced our table were some of the best we’ve tried and we’ve spent some time seeking out the Holy Grail of sauces. Almost every meal comes with two sides in addition to a freakishly perfect ear of corn, an equally freakish but oh-so-good cornbread muffin and some wet naps.
We have since returned to Famous Dave’s a handful of times and always leave pleased despite being uncomfortably full. Five minutes is still the longest that we’ve waited to be seated, the staff has always been courteous and the food is always what we expect.
My verdict is, if you are a diehard BBQ fanatic with a smoker full of cherrywood in your backyard, you’re not going to be smitten with what Famous Dave’s has to offer. It’s good food, not great BBQ. Armed with a menu full of proteins and carbs that are served in plastic containers on paper plates, this isn’t the restaurant for tree hugging vegans so I recommend dropping your family’s hippy off at Saladworks before stopping in. However, if you live above the Mason Dixon line, it’s a nice introduction to things you probably don’t see very often such as brisket or fried catfish. I do believe that the atmosphere, menu and prices make this a perfect place to bring the kids. Every table is equipped with its own roll of paper towels and there is a special “Trashcan Lid Meal” that is served on an actual trashcan lid, is reasonably priced, and provides a portion of everything your family could want. One thing is for certain, after eating a Famous Dave’s platter, you won’t be asking for a desert menu.