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“Yummy!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's
Ranked #43 of 184 Restaurants in Manhattan
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Clay Center
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Yummy!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

We love the food here! We get the dinner for 2 that is served on the trash can lid! LOVE the corn bread muffins!!

Visited April 2013
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Fort Drum, New York
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gone way downhill!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We ordered food to-go. I worked at another Famous Daves about 5 years ago so I know what it supposed to taste like. I got the 2 meat combo with Ribs and BBQ chicken. The ribs were extreamly dried out, then the chicken is supposed to have a lemon flavor in it and herb roasted with BBQ sauce. Well there was no lemon! Then they forgot the ranch dressing that I paid for to go on the side. Needless to say we will NEVER go back again! Sad to see such a good restaurant go down the crapper.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Junction City, Kansas
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“MORE FAIR THAN FAMOUS”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Whenever I see a restaurant tout itself as "world-famous" or merely "famous", I always have to ask myself: by what standard?
In a state where Barbeque is something that should be top-notch wherever you go, I found the food to be unworthy of its "famous" status.

FOOD: 3/5
My wife and I started out with a Nacho appetizer. It was really good, but just be aware that--as my wife commented--it looks more like a salad than a nacho plate and the few chips that are in there are pretty soggy from being buried in the rest of the ingredients.
For the main course, I had a Georgia Chopped Pork sandwich. The bun is absolutely boring which certainly didn't help the rest of the sandwich where the pork was a bit difficult to chew at times.
On the other hand, my wife liked her barbeque chicken, though she would have liked the broccoli to have been prepared more manageable and not "trees" huge enough for a Keebler elf to live in.
While I wasn't very impressed with the food this go-around there were a few other items on the menu that I'd be interested in giving a fair chance at some later date.

SERVICE: 4/5
The service was pretty good. Our drinks were topped off long before they were empty and our check was brought promptly.

ATMOSPHERE: 4/5
I don't usually eat barbeque, but the interior design looks pretty much how I imagine a barbeque place should look. There is plenty of seating inside and the place is quite kid-friendly, which is a point in their favor.

VALUE: 3/5
I've definitely had better BBQ--and better food in general--for the price we paid for our meal here.

OVERALL: 3/5
The food is certainly not terrible--far from it--but in my opinion is not worthy of "famous", either. The menu variety, child-friendly atmosphere and good service are worth coming back for, the food itself, based on this visit, left a little to be desired.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Manhattan, Kansas
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“I won't return”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

Dried, overpriced chicken, slow service and unpriced drinks. I do not like it when they don't put the cost of a soda on the menu. I ordered the grilled chicken sandwich. It was half the size of the bun and very dry and bland. The Mac and cheese was like eating boxed stuff. Definitely not worth the price.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Decent food, for a chain”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

OK, it's not terrible. But it's chain food BBQ. If you go looking for a taste of real BBQ, there are much better choices, even without leaving Manhattan. My problem with this place is the prices. They charge more for lesser quality food.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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