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“Easily the best BBQ in Fort Myers” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Famous Dave's Barbeque

Famous Dave's Barbeque
Ranked #41 of 823 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Fort Myers, Florida
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Easily the best BBQ in Fort Myers”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

Never had a bad meal or bad service. Tuesday they have the family meal for $22 you cant make it for that. also the happy hour is great. if you cant go there order out it is just as good. If you like briscket it is the best thing on the menu which is saying a lot because the ribs are awesome.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Abbotsford, Canada
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437 reviews
377 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Good, not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had dinner here with friends. My husband and 1 of our friends had the baby back ribs. They were delicious. They were nice and meaty and very tender. I had the roast chicken and the breast meat was very dry. Our waiter was very good about substituting dark meat for the white meat. Our friend had the barbecued chicken and he also said that the white meat was very dry. Stay away from the chicken unless you like dry overcooked meat. I had wine. The happy hour price is supposed to by 2 for 1. They gave me 1 glass of wine to start and after I finished that wine they gave me the second glass. After dinner my friend said "At happy hour aren't they supposed to give you 2 glasses of wine for the price of 1". I said that yes that's what I got at which point she pointed out that the first glass was twice the size of the second glass. If you order wine during happy hour - beware. Check the size of your wine glass to be sure you're getting the same amount of wine both times. For dessert we shared a pecan pie between the 4 of us. It was a large piece of pie and I must admit it was 1 of the best pecan pies that I've had.

Food was good but I don't know that I'd rush back. The dry chicken was 1 factor but switching the size of the wine glass is a very deceptive practice.

Visited January 2013
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pig out at Famous Dave's”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Sweet hubby loves good barbeque, which is hard to find in Tampa Bay. We first discovered Famous Dave's on a trip to Knoxville. So when one opened in our area, we were thrilled! Then upset when several weeks later we found it closed. When planning our Ft Myers trip, we found Famous Dave's near our hotel. Yeah. We were not disappointed. We decided to have lunch there so we could enjoy our leftovers later. Hubby ordered the combo - a third rack of ribs with spicy sausage, Cole slaw and potato salad. I am a brisket babe, with corn and garlic mashed. His plate was loaded with four large, meaty ribs and huge perfectly barbequed smoked sausage. Even with a good appetite, he could only finish half of his meal. Beef brisket, sliced not pulled, can be tricky to pull over. Overcook and your sneaker tastes better. Too much fat and you use your napkin to mop the grease off of your tongue. This was awesome. Fork tender with a small amount of fat and sliced thin. All the side dishes were good and a reasonable portion.
To introduce you to their different sauces, the server brings a cup of their house BBQ chips, puts a smear of sauce on a plate, and explained each one. Much nicer than using your finger to sample each sauce. Chips were awesome too. Too full for desserts. I should have done what the table next to us did. They ordered dessert first, then the meal. It was their special bread pudding. Next time, pecan pie will be the appetizer. Our leftovers tasted wonderful later in the evening. Need to find a reason to go back to Ft. Myers.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Myers, Florida
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“If you like good barbeque”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

The service was friendly and fast, the prices were good. Most of all, the food was really good. Had the ribs and the pulled pork dinner. The sides; beans, cole slaw and mac n' cheese, all had a little heat to them and were all very tasty. Good selection of barbeque, burgers, even a few salads thrown in. The outdoor seating gives you a view of US 41, but it is still pleasant. Indoors is large, an needs to be, as it can be quite busy. Good place to take the kids too.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank OhioSpitfire
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Fort Myers, Florida
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good BBQ Good Prices”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

My wife and I have eaten there on a weekly basis as we both love BBQ. The portions are large, the food is very good and they have a good selection of meats and sides. In and out for under $25 for two people is not too bad these days especially if the food is good. We have tried a few other BBQ places but both agree this is the best one around town.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Terrance61
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