Opening Day at Famous Dave’s Was Hit or Miss
I know I promised that I wouldn’t post about the newly opened Famous Dave’s BBQ ever again… but apparently Midtown lunchers are interested, because a bunch of you went on opening day. A few reports came in, telling two very different stories:
“I went to the grand opening of Famous Dave’s BBQ on 47th and 7th Avenue today at 1:30pm. First, it wasn’t very crowded at all. Not a good sign. Next, the waitress took forever. Even the water and soda took a good 10-15 minutes. The food took a little longer. I had the Regular Ribs (4 ribs St Louis style) and it comes with a corn bread muffin (just okay), corn on the cob (dry), and 2 sides: mac n cheese (nice spicy kick) and fries (mediocre). The ribs were meaty but the flavor wasn’t really there. I didn’t really detect any long smoking flavor. It all came from the sauce. I thought I could make the same at home. My dish was $13. In all cases, it was just mediocre. Even their famous cradle of 5 BBQ sauces were mediocre. I’d would actually rather walk a couple of avenues to reach Daisy May’s ribs. Oh and my companions got the brisket, beef tips, and chopped pork. All very mediocre. Oh well, what did I really expect? -Hungry”
Yeah, none of that is really a surprise. You knew they weren’t actually going to be able to smoke meat in that space on 47th and 7th. And it’s opening day, so complaints about service are kind of unfair.
A trio of Midtown Lunch’ing dudes seemed to enjoy it though, but the amount of money they spent on lunch is downright shocking.
“There seemed to be a reasonably good crowd for lunch today. The food was very good- even though they messed up our orders a bit (blame that on opening day jitters), they brought the correct items, free of charge. We got a free sample of their famous fries, which were good. 3 guys, $125 without tip, and we had enough food leftover (well, at least 2 of us did) to last 2 days. -Unfamous Dave”
$125!!!!! For three people! BEFORE TIP? Are you freakin’ kidding me. You could have been left with lunch for a week, and It wouldn’t be enough for me to spend that much money on a touristy BBQ place. Please tell me you drank a ton of beer? Or got to sleep with your waitress (or waiter?) Something!
Ok, now I’m serious. This is the last time you will hear about Famous Dave’s BBQ on Midtown Lunch. (If you are dying to read more, you can read a full report with photos on the first commenter’s blog “Tasty Eating”.