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“Finger Lickin good”
Review of Famous Dave's - CLOSED

Famous Dave's
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Restaurant details
Manalapan, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Finger Lickin good”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Very good but traditional (nothing fancy or unique) BBQ. Ribs can be inconsistent but usually is very good. And their Wings are excellent. No frills (rolls of paper towels on tables) and food is rushed so you are too at times. If you want to have a slow dinner and linger - not the place for you.

Visited January 2012
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Decent chain - good for a hungrey meat eating crowd”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

I have been a bunch of times. Typically with a crowd of dedicated meat eaters so we get the large platter. The food is good - straight forward BBQ with a selection of suaces - corn on the cob, corn muffins, slaw. What is not to like>

The down side is that it is a chain and the help changes quickly so some inexperienced and daffy waitstaff have been encountered. The place can be cold - AC too high bring a sweater all year! Sometimes it seems a little factoryish and not personal - turning down the AC would help make it warmer in several ways and turning down the canned sounding music would help as well. In general this is a good value and on the nights that we have had good wat staff it is a fun family kind of place.

One 80 dollars platter can feed six people.

  • Visited October 2011
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NJ
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Best ribs anywhere!”
Reviewed August 15, 2010

My family loves Famous Dave's. We have been there many times and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend the St Louis ribs. They are fall off the bone tender. For a spicy treat, try the Wilbur beans! The service is always great. We have even used FD's to cater a birthday party. I don't understand the bad reviews. Famous Dave's rocks!

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new jersey
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“avoid this location”
Reviewed January 14, 2009

A group of us made reservations with the intent of getting sticky fingers from dining on baby back and st. louis ribs alng with some hot wings After a long , long wait some of us got served. You couldn't cut the cold ribs apart.... even with steak knives,! All side dishes including baked beans and sweet potatoes were cold. Two youngster in our party of 10 who ordered chicken fingers.got served a hot meal...at least the chicken was hot...the fries.... warm and the cokes were good.There was also an appetizer platter which was for the most part ok.
Thank goodness we brought our own birthday cake

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Thank gordee
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NJ
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worst ribs in NJ”
Reviewed January 9, 2009

After waiting over 1/2 hour for our dinner - 9 meals were sent back - not only were the ribs tough and dried out by the side
dishes were cold.

If you are wanting to try Famous Dave's in NJ - try the Metuchen location - 2 of our party had been there recently and stated that the food and services were excellent.

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