The Fun Family is not into the big national chains. Many are awful, the majority are serviceable at best, and just a handful are actually good. Still, if something looks promising, we'll give it a try. One of my culinary quests is to find the best BBQ in California. Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a chain that hails from the great state of Texas. You would think that fact alone would give them some type of "grill cred". Oh, contraire...
Let's start with the three meat combo with slaw and beans (The Fun Foodie's standard BBQ sides). I take one look at the meat and know immediately that we have become victims of false advertising. This was no BBQ place! Smoked meats always have a pink "smoke ring" around the outside, and there was no hint of this on the pork ribs, beef brisket or sausage. They screamed oven baked! The ribs were pretty tasty from a decent seasoning rub (though completely lacking any smoke flavor) and were actually pleasantly tender. The sausage was your standard commercial grade stuff, not awful, but lacking any distinctive characteristics. The brisket was gross! Dry doesn't begin to describe it. Chalky is more like it. The taste was reminiscent of liver marinated in Los Angeles Harbor water. The slaw was just average, no different than anything you can buy at your grocery store. The beans were... gross! The Fun Wife said it tasted like someone dropped a cigarette in the beans. I say it was a hobo who first swirled his cancer stick in L.A. Harbor then dropped it in the beans! The best thing on the plate was the roll. It tasted of homemade yeasty goodness. Not bad at all.
Also on our table was a pulled pork sandwich. It was quite moist, but also quite flavorless. The BBQ sauce was served warm and was fine. A little thin and watery, but it definitely helped all the meats. The Macaroni and Cheese was a bit better than the stuff out of the box but didn't taste like much. We got a couple chicken nugget kids' meals with waffle fries (standard out-of-the-freezer fare). A huge plus was the free soft serve ice cream that you just help yourself to (so, of course, we helped ourselves more than once). No toppings, but you do have your choice of a cone or styrofoam cup (which I'm sure would be remarkably similar in texture to the brisket)!
I don't think there'll be a return visit to Dickey's.
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Jay N. (TheFunFoodie)
I'm a Southern California guy who loves food almost as much as I love my wife! Almost! I also love to travel. But I think the best way to experience a new place is to try the food. Not the stuff at … more
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