Famous Dave's is a real barbeque joint, reminiscent of those that dotted America 50 years ago. From the weathered barn wood walls and cozy, antique filled Southern country shack decor to the overhead tin roofing, outdoor porch and blues tunes in the … see full wiki
Pros: Fast food; fresh ingredients; great tasting BBQ chow
Cons: Expensive, but then again quality costs.
The Bottom Line:
A bit pricy, but the food is good, service reasonably fast, and locations accessible.
I love BBQ! And I usually use my Weber Silver to grill year-round; at least I had for the last three years because the winters in the Chicago area were decidedly snow-free. But not this year! My trusty Weber-and by extension, my patio-- have spend the last month or so buried in several inches of white rain from above. Add to that the bone-chilling cold that has gripped most of the upper environs of the United States and, well, the ribs, chicken and burgers have stayed longer that I'd liked in the freezer.
So this past week when I was craving smoky BBQ I noted that a new Famous Daves had opened a scan 2 miles from my garage door, so with menu in hand I trekked to the Internet to place my order.
Founded by Dave Anderson in 1994, in Hayward, WS, Famous Daves has seen a notable growth spurt over the intervening years and has grown to over 100 company-owned and franchised restaurants locations in 24 states.
Famous Daves offers an ever expanding menu of food items, but specializes in slow-smoked hickory-smoked St. Louis-style spareribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Country Roasted & BBQ Chicken, pulled BBQ pork & chicken and Famous Dave's award-winning BBQ sauces. In addition, the menu offers mouth-watering BBQ (pork, beef, and chicken) sandwiches, tasty burgers, garden fresh salads, seafood, and appetizers. Plus the restaurants serve up such southern classics as home-made corn bread muffins, potato salad, coleslaw, lodge fries, and the signature "Wilbur" Beans. Famous Dave's delectable homemade desserts include award-winning Bread Pudding and hot fudge Kahlua brownies. For the most part the food at Famous Daves is delicious. The BBQ rib tips we bought were meaty, and delicious, while the home fries were cooked just right. The BBQ sauce at Famous Daves has always been a hit in my household and it has not changed over the intervening years. I do not care for the cord bread however; I find it too sweet and a tad dry for my tastes.
Pricing If there is one down side to the Famous Daves experience, it is the prices of the food; they tend to be a little on the high side, but isn't everything these days; and yes I notoriously frugal. The aforementioned rib tips set us back $8.59 for a pound, and we go two. The fries were a little more reasonable at $1.99, but not much. The price for a while slab of St. Louis style ribs is a whopping $20.00, while a roasted or BBQ chicken will cost a kings random at $14.00! True, it is already prepared, but come on; a family of four could not get out of the place with a bill under $40.00.
Now that I tasted Daves Famous BBQ anew we will probably visit a few more times before the winter moves on, but it will not become a weekly or even monthly visit. It is still cheaper to grill my own ribs, but when I can't it is nice to know Daves Famous BBQ is right around the corner.
Daves Famous BBQ, Oswego, IL Location 2440 Route 34 (Ogden Ave.) Oswego, IL 60543 To-Go: (630) 551.4733