My friend C and I decided to stop in at Famous Dave’s BBQ for a quick lunch while we were visiting the Seattle area last fall. Though I’m normally not a big fan of chain restaurants, on this particular occasion, we decided to make an exception since we were shopping nearby. I’d tried a Famous Dave’s BBQ location before when I was visiting Tracy, California a couple of years back and I remembered really enjoying their breaded catfish fingers appetizer. I’m not sure if the menu varies by location, but unfortunately at this Famous Dave’s location in Everett, Washington, the catfish fingers were not available.
As we perused the menu, our server stopped by with a plate of housemade potato chips. These chips were really tasty and addictive. We were encouraged to try all the barbeque sauces with the chips.
At each table was a basket of Famous Dave’s Signature Sauces. There were five difference sauces in all – Rich & Sassy, Georgia Mustard, Texas Pit, Sweet & Zesty and Devil’s Spit. Our two favourites were the Rich & Sassy, which was sweet and tangy with some herbs and spices and the Sweet & Zesty, which as the name describes was spicy and sweet.
Since we weren’t particularly hungry, we were both relieved that there was a lunch menu, which meant smaller portions. My friend C ordered one of the Lunch Platter and Combo Specials ($8.79 for one meat; $9.99 for two different meats). The choices of meat for the platter included St. Louis-style spareribs, Georgia Chopped Pork, Texas Beef Brisket, Hot Link Sausage, Country-Roasted or Barbeque Chicken, Traditional or Boneless Chicken Wings, Chicken Tenders, or Southside Rib Tips. My friend C chose the Texas Beef Brisket. The platter was served with a choice of side that included fresh-steamed broccoli, mac & cheese, baked beans, potato salad, drunkin’ apples, famous fries, garlic mashed potatoes or creamy coleslaw. My friend C decided to try the Drunkin’ Apples, which consisted of apples cooked in cinnamon and amaretto. The hickory-smoked Texas Beef Brisket was marinated in a rub consisting of brown sugar, coarse black pepper and a secret blend of spices. While this cannot quite compare to the true Southern BBQ that I experienced while touring the Texas BBQ Trail just east of Austin, the slices of brisket were really tender and flavourful and we enjoyed it nonetheless. The slices of brisket were served on a slice of white bread along with a corn bread muffin.
I decided to try a Lunch Size of Dave’s Sassy BBQ Salad ($8.79 for lunch size; $10.59 for regular). The BBQ salad included a choice of meat – Barbeque Pulled Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket, or Georgia Chopped Pork. Since my friend C was trying the Texas Beef Brisket, I decided to try the Georgia Chopped Pork. The generously portioned lunch size salad consisted of crisp lettuce, smoked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and shoestring potatoes tossed in a housemade honey BBQ dressing. Between the Georgia Chopped Pork and the Texas Beef Brisket, my favourite was actually the pork.
Famous Dave’s in Everett turned out to be a great lunch choice for us. The food was tasty and relatively inexpensive and the service was quick and efficient. I’d definitely be back again if I happen to be shopping in the area.
Famous Dave’s BBQ
1206 Everett Mall Way