I am excited to be sharing my first BBQ review! It has already turned out to be more fun that I anticipated.
First stop: Famous Dave’s
(Before I begin allow me to note: I did not realize that Famous Dave’s is a chain with many locations (mainly in the North East area). But they are dedicated to BBQ and, my favorite part, there really is a Dave! And apparently he is kind of famous. Dave has won many national awards and his recognized for is extensive knowledge of all things BBQ. Definitely deserving of a stop in, I’d say.)
So whats the word? Famous Dave’s is a nice stop off if you are traveling on I-95 and need a bite to eat. But I would not recommend making a special trip.
(Wow. I already feel like a critic.)
Here’s the details: I had to wait at the hostess station for a few minutes before being seated and then had to wait even longer before a waiter came and spoke to me. Several waiters who I gathered had different “sections” saw me but no move was made to welcome me or offer a beverage. When my waitress did come over she was very pleasant and apologized for not realizing I had been seated in her area. She was an appropriate level of attentive and helpful for the rest of my meal.
I ordered the Texas Beef Brisket sandwich with a side of potato salad and a tall glass of sweet tea (unfortunately, the tea was barely sweeter than “unsweet” so no bonus points here). The sandwich was not the sliced brisket I was expecting but rather chopped, which was still good. It could have been served a little warmer, but I was hungry and scarfed it down rather quickly so maybe it is a good thing it wasn’t piping hot. To be honest, the brisket left something to be desired. The “burnt ends”, which when done correctly can add a wonderful flavor to the meat, were chewy and unremarkable. But it was served with sauce already added, as I like, and with plenty more on the table for adding, which I did.
Now, before I sound all gloom and doom… I was exceptionally surprised by how quickly the food came out! I barely had time to log into the free WiFi before she was sliding the plate in front of me! I liked that they had half a dozen varieties of sauces on the table for sampling. Labels ranged from Texas Pit, to Georgia Mustard and Devil’s Spit.
Last but not least – I LOVED the potato salad! It is the best I’ve had since I’ve been in Maine! Within a few first bites I realized that it was very fresh because of the crisp celery. When I asked the waitress she said that they make it “in house” along with several other key side items. Personally, I thought they could have added a little more seasoning but then again I am comparing it to my mom’s recipe and NO ONE can quite make it like Mom can! 😉
Take away: If I am back in Scarborough I would definitely go back and try one of their other menu items (baby back ribs anyone?) and give them another chance!