As newcomers to Highlands Ranch, and lovers of barbecue, my wife and I were anxious to try Dickey's. We found the following pros and cons:
Good selection and well-done but tender meats, with a nice smoky flavor
Good sized portions at a reasonable cost
Tasty sauces (3 blends)
Good selection of side orders (we had waffle fries and baked beans)
Free soft serve ice cream for dessert (some used it as an appetizer while waiting in line).
The deli/"Subway" style of ordering the sandwich, sauce, and sides resulted in a long line, and slow service (though not really any longer than a "sit-down-and-order" place). It seemed a little strange watching the sandwich preparer cut or pull the meat out of a bin. Maybe just my own hangup, I guess. But you could ask them to tweak the cut to your preference.
The openness of the deli style resulted in a smoky aroma throughout the restaurant - nice while you're eating, but we had to wash our clothes when we got home to get the smoke out.
Beans weren't sweet enough for my taste - thin sauce, but smoky flavor. Fries were RIGHT out of the fryer - crisp, not greasy - excellent!
Didn't see any ketchup anywhere for fries, but I may have missed it.
My personal preference remains Famous Daves, especially since they have recently worked extra hard to reduce the time from ordering to eating, but I must say that Dickey's beef brisket is MUCH better - chopped as you like it, and less fatty. And the prices are definitely better.
All in all, I would go back and recommend this to a friend for a very casual spring/summer BBQ lunch or dinner.
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