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“Just Average BBQ”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's
Ranked #12 of 192 Restaurants in Novi
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Just Average BBQ”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

The food was just average and actually quite a disappointment considering the number of 5 stars. There was a nice selection of BBQ sauces to choose from however that alone was not enough to warrant anything more than "average". I agree that going to a "Mom and Pop" BBQ place would be much better considering we had recently been to one about 15 miles west and another 15 miles north or so. That place is well worth the drive from Novi.

  • Visited February 2013
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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171 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Good, for a chain whose goal is serve huge numbers”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

In case you've never been, Famous Dave's is a large chain BBQ casual dining. The food is good to better than good. You need to go to a more 'mom and pop' or niche restaurant to get it tastier.
- Corn Bread muffins with most entree's and tasty.
- Wedge style fries were OK.
- Cole Slaw is above average,
- the baked apples were tasty,
- and mashed potatoes about average to a bit above average.
- BBQ baby back ribs (wet) were surprisingly good.
- Pulled pork was OK to average per my wife.

All told, if you are visiting from out of town, I would not recommend. There is other wonderful restaurants unique to the metro area that server better fare and at a more unique dining experience. Looking for BBQ, again, I can think of one or two. Slo's downtown is probably number 1 with most.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank 69-Mach1-lvr
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Los Angeles, California
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Very impressed!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

Before going to the restaurant, I read several negative reviews on Urbanspoon, but decided to try the restaurant any way. I'm guessing those customers were just in a bad mood and needed something to complain about. I'm from Texas where we love our BBQ and have high expectations. I was highly impressed with everything I tried during my recent trip to the area, and will be back again during my next trip.

Visited December 2012
Thank MattH470
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Surprisingly better than I expected”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

Expected this place to be terrible, based upon prior experiences with the chain, but was pleasantly surprised. I think the quality of Famous Dave's BBQ's varies from location to location. The ribs were were spectacular, perhaps related to the turnover. Portions were humongous (albeit to a non-American). Beans were great. Cornbread was the only weak link here. The sauces tasted more KC style -- molasses and tomatoey. Service was excellent. Pleasantly surprised, hence the 5/5 rating.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank SugarSammy
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“OMG, very good ribs, and serice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2012

I love the ribs and the sides ( corn on the cob and beans , my favorites), The wait can be a bit long. This is a popular place. This is the next best thing aside from putting the meat on the grill yourself. Great desserts. They have the "All-American" meal. they bring it in a trash can lid.LOL. Fun, cook-out food. This is the place when you want American comfort food, and fun where the kids enjoy the food and atmophere. Happy Eating!!!

Visited July 2012
Thank MSStark
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