Historically, I have not been a fan of barbeque. I can appreciate a sweet sauce smothering tender meat. But I do not enjoy picking meat off ribs and getting all that sauce under my acrylic nails. Even with the little wet wipe they give you (pioneered by the Colonel, remember?) you can’t get it all off your hands.
Ron loves this kind of food – so when they opened a Famous Dave’s in Barboursville, I was dragged there a lot. But you know, I actually liked it. I love the sweet & sassy sauce, the ribs were tender (I picked the meat off with my thumb, forefinger and a fork with my pinky sticking up in the air) and their sides were great. Delicious cornbread muffins, crispy fries, and the kids loved the corn on the cob. We ate there quite often, and after we made ourselves almost sick of the place with frequency, we put it in a rotation where we hit it about every couple months.
On our two most recent visits, we sadly noticed a decline in quality.
I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich and fries, expecting the fries to be a serious contender for my Top 5 Fries List. I just wasn’t in the mood for the Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich, my usual order.
The chicken breast was large and very tender, presented on a large sesame seed bun. The sandwich was great. The fries were a disappointment. They did not taste fresh. You know how they lose the crispness when they sit for a while after being fried? The Famous Dave’s fries are small potato wedges with a nice golden color and they give you a nice-sized helping. Today’s taste test may not place these fries on the leaderboard.
The following week, Ron had a friend visiting from North Carolina who loves that type of food. Ron had bragged on Famous Dave’s so much, his friend wanted to see what it was all about. His friend didn’t even finish his meal. It is embarrassing to me to recommend a place to someone and have it end in regret – I feel responsible for that person’s bad meal.
I am sure we will go back when we are in the mood for BBQ, and I hope they step up their game by then. Based on my order on the two visits, I award Famous Dave’s THREE FORKS. I predict Ron’s rating of the ribs will be lower.
Ron Says ~
This place sucked. Susan summed it up best about recommending a place and stuff. Famous Dave’s really dropped the ball tonight.
I conned a friend into eating here as I normally like this joint. I love the Devil’s Spit sauce. The ribs have in the past been great, and never have they been bad. The fries… man I rank them up there with McDonalds.
First, unless you get there from 5PM to7PM during the weekday.. you are forced to pay ludicrous prices for beer. But that’s everyplace in this fascist society these days… everyone wants to milk the consumer for every dime they have. WELL THEY CAN SUCKLE ON MY TEET…. this is my soap box and I’m letting them have it.
sorry I digressed.
Our beers were in the ballpark price range – you know, over priced is what you would normally call it but because you had baseline seats, well it was ok. My only views were of Susan and my “Drunk Buddy”. Well we like beer and we like drinking so we man up and pay.
Ordering was simple enough I knew what I wanted, told Derek he didn’t need the full rack… wouldn’t be able to eat it. Sit and drink.. our food arives… LOOKS GOOD.
Never judge a book by the cover…
First as Susan said… the fries must have been warmed up under a heat lamp like all day… they had that warmed up taste. SUCKED….. The ribs.. mine were dry, awful, etc… For example… you know that like layer of film/meat/cartilage (sorry don’t know what its called) that you are supposed to peel off prior to cooking. MINE WAS STILL ON. heck it may as well have been wrapped in Saran Wrap. TERRIBLE with an expletive that starts with an “F” in front of it.
We get the manager out…. this night I was regrettably on the polite side…. The manager asks what’s the problem.. we point it all out.. He was scared to taste his own fries, didn’t seem to understand the rib issue, and thus probably should have been managing McDonalds, or Larry’s Ice Cream Stand down by the river. But he says he’s got like 600 ribs back there would you like another?
The only prop I’ll give him is that he did make a half assed effort to make amends… but because of the lack of sincerety…. well I declined.. and I haven’t been back since.
First… making up with your consumer should, at the minimum, include the existing meal free. Chances are you’ve had to suffer through waiting to get it, then you sip your beverage of choice waiting on the server who’s ignoring you because she knew it was screwed up prior to placing it on your table. So you nibble on it.. it’s not terrible, but it sure as hell isn’t $25 worth of GOOD either…
I give this place ONE FORK BECAUSE THEIR MANAGER MADE an error.. hell he should apply for a job at the POWER ALLEY GRILL.
normally I’d give this place about four forks, but the last few times we’ve visited it, it’s been below average..
It’s like swimming in a pool with no life guard.. do it at your own risk.Famous Dave’s 3419 US Route 60 East Barboursville, WV 25504 304-736-7675