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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 00:29:15 (permalink)
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I'm going to a party this coming Saturday and the local Dickey's is providing the grub.  This will be the first time I've eaten it...will it be the last?

Fear not. 
You'll like it just fine. 
In fact, you'll be back for more.
 
Comparing Dickey's to the legendary, stand-alone 'cathedrals' of BBQ is as unfair as constantly comparing Outback or Steak & Ale to Peter Luger's and ridiculing them for "falling short". 
 
Does that mean that Outback is 'nasty'?  No !!  It's decent for what it aspires to be.  And so is Dickey's.
 
Ignore the BBQ snobs and enjoy it for what it is, kinda' like the Culver's or Steak 'n Shake of BBQ.

Well, I made it home alive and you were right...I did go back for seconds (in lieu of dessert).  The pulled pork had a decent amount of brown and I'm pretty sure I saw some smoke ring, the sliced chicken was tender and tasty enough, and I thought the green beans and baked beans were both pretty good.  "Culver's of BBQ" does seem to be a reasonably accurate description, although the caveat here is that this was a catered event and I've yet to visit the restaurant.  The two Dickey's in the Madison area bookend the city to some degree while Famous Dave's is more centrally located, so I don't see a lot of territorial overlap.
 
Other than Famous Dave's the only other barbecue chain I can recall in this area was Damon's, which used to have one restaurant in Madison and one in Janesville.  Both are long gone now and the lone meal I ate at the Madison location probably 20-some years ago was memorable only because it was so bad.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 09:28:07 (permalink)
Look for Dickey's 'buy one entrée, get one of equal or lesser value free' coupons in the mail.  Typically, we'll get a meal there for two for $14. and have enough to take home for another meal.  Bottom line:  four protein-packed meals for $14; you can't beat that anywhere.
 
Again, the same folk that carp about Dickey's - were they to be logically consistent - would also turn up their nose at an Outback steak simply because it wasn't Peter Luger's.
 
BTW:  we now have four Culver's in the Metroplex - all in the ultra-prosperous and fast growing suburban counties of Collin and Denton.  For my money they beat the pants off all the (almost) fast food competitors.  And, they offer great coupons, too!  Thank you, Wisconsin!   
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 09:32:35 (permalink)
I do not patronize Outback Steakhouse. A chain is a chain is a chain.
 
(I had this Dale on my shoulder when I wrote that)
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 09:46:26 (permalink)
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The Fuddruckers that were in the Columbus area shut down back in the '80s. We found the one we tried pretty disgusting. The condiment tables were filthy, with stuff all over the tables and the floor around them. Additionally, the burgers we got were dry as bones and without any discernible taste and the buns were stale. But I have no idea why they all closed.




After Phil Romano's group sold them the first time, the quality went through the floor.  Much the same thing happened in NoVa at their original Seven Corners location.  It closed and the Chinese moved back in.  Of course "all this" was 25 - 30 years or so ago.
 
In North Texas - now operated by the Luby's Group - their operations are neat and tight.  And, they are much scaled down from the original Romano concept which included in-house butcher shops, bakeries, and ice cream parlors!  I remember that when you entered their vast Seven Corners store there were sides of beef hanging behind glass with a butcher 'operating' on them.  It was the same in their Alexandria location which filled an old Safeway supermarket!  It was a cool visual, but the retail overhead attendant to having all that 'on-site' killed them!
 
If a 'reconstituted' Fudd's opens in Columbus, give it a try.  And, if you want it 'rare', they'll serve it rare.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 09:51:43 (permalink)
This is tempting...

 
But, I'll eat at home a few times, then pay a little more and get a steak that I really like.

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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/09/13 09:56:52 (permalink)
Jim- the steak in the ad doesn't even look good......now yours, beautiful.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/10/09 14:40:21 (permalink)
Never ate at  Fuddrucker's.They have a couple in San Antonio but I do recall seeing I think at the one near the Riverwalk the meat hanging in the window.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/10/09 17:14:38 (permalink)
Now if ZZ Top only franchised.........
 

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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2015/10/10 12:53:48 (permalink)
Here's another Texas original that "has big plans":  Super Chix.
 
They got me in after I had read an article about Nashville-style Hot Chicken in Dallas.
 
O.K., their Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich only made my upper lip sweat - but it was really good and made from perfectly cooked, premium quality chicken.  Their fries were most excellent as well.  And, I'll definitely return. 
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/16 18:25:58 (permalink)
Well, the Mooyah in my little burg  has closed up shop. Guess they just couldn't make it with the competition, (even though the only nearby burger joints were Wendy's, McD's and a Hardee's. Not exactly direct competition. Guess they got killed on price.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/17 14:23:32 (permalink)
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Well, the Mooyah in my little burg  has closed up shop. Guess they just couldn't make it with the competition, (even though the only nearby burger joints were Wendy's, McD's and a Hardee's. Not exactly direct competition. Guess they got killed on price.



As Noblesville, IN is a prosperous, fast-growing (population has tripled since 2000) Indy suburb I'm a little surprised that your Mooyah (a Texas-based shameless rip-off of Five Guys) failed.  Bad location?  Bad management?  In any case I'm not surprised  to see on the Noblesville Yelp that your Five Guys seems to be prospering.
 
BTW:  when I assert that Mooyah is "a shameless rip-off of Five Guys" I'm just stating fact.  I was one of Five Guys original patrons soon after it opened in Arlington, VA in 1986; likewise, I was also one of Mooyah's first customers when it opened in 2007 in Plano, TX.
 
Their write-up in the Dallas paper said they were "inspired" by In-N-Out; it made no mention of Five Guys (which had not yet made it to TX).  When I entered the first Moooyah I was amazed at their larcenous audacity -- everything, right down to the 'free' peanuts, menu, menu board, service line, cooking and prep areas - even the color scheme - was Five Guys!  The only difference was that they also offered milkshakes.  And, of course, the sign!
 
As they had just opened, the owner was working the register.  We had an interesting, brief conversation that left him blushing with guilt.  Since, "things" were changed so as not to be so blatant.
 
I will agree with you - both Mooyah and Five Guys need to be more aware of their price point.  For that they charge for a burger, fries, and a drink you can actually save $$ by getting a three course lunch special at a 'casual' place.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/20 13:46:43 (permalink)
I'll still take In-N-Out for my "animal style" cheeseburger. And, at $2.36 you can't beat the price. 
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/20 14:06:58 (permalink)
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I'll still take In-N-Out for my "animal style" cheeseburger. And, at $2.36 you can't beat the price. 


 I'll second that!!
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/20 16:41:41 (permalink)
Mooyah was great. And is now gone from Brookfield.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/21 10:32:13 (permalink)
Never tried Dickey's BBQ. Have tried Rudy's which is good. They gave my school district where I work this pass for  food. At least they gave it to the administrative staff. Since I work for purchasing , that's how I and the warehouse guys got one. The Whataburger on Pat Booker Road in Universal City  is alright, but the  drive thru line is impossible. Lately though it to me doesn't seem that good. Can't say why. It's not as busy as the one here in Schertz on FM3009.That one by the Walmart is always packed during the day, and even busy at night sometimes, due to location. Love the pattymelt, my favorite. Never tried their taquitos. I usually go to El Jalisco, and once in awhile Bill Miller BBQ, which has breakfast  tacos as well as regular breakfast stuff, or Selly's on FM78 here in town.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/21 14:21:35 (permalink)
Dickey's is starting to show up around Southern California.  I tried a combo plate once in Whitesboro, Texas and after a few bites of strange tasting, rubber ribs and weird pulled pork I threw it out.  With food that bad I don't know that I'd give it another chance with so many other privately owned places around here.
 
I don't get the Whataburger craze but I'm also not that crazy over the In-n-Out burgers, either.  I did like the Mooyah burger I had a few years ago in Texas and Smashburgers but I still have never had a 5 Guys burger. 
 
Should I try a 5 guys burger?  I walked in and out of one several years ago because it was filthy inside.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/21 15:27:03 (permalink)
I actually live only a half mile from the original Dickey's restaurant in Dallas. I wouldn't eat there if it was the last BBQ restaurant on earth. They, along with all their new franchised restaurants are terrible!
If you've been to one and enjoyed it, then sorry, I must say "you don't know good BBQ".
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2017/12/21 20:23:04 (permalink)
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Here's another Texas original that "has big plans":  Super Chix.
 
They got me in after I had read an article about Nashville-style Hot Chicken in Dallas.
 
O.K., their Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich only made my upper lip sweat - but it was really good and made from perfectly cooked, premium quality chicken.  Their fries were most excellent as well.  And, I'll definitely return. 


Jim, I sure wish they would open near me in the "Uptown" area of Dallas. 
This place, not terribly far although not fall out of bed close is EXCELLENT!
https://www.yelp.com/biz/mikes-chicken-dallas
http://www.dallasobserver...fried-chicken-10149883
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2018/07/09 15:31:40 (permalink)
Never heard of SuperChix.
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Re:Texas franchises coming soon to you ... 2018/07/16 16:22:01 (permalink)
We still do not have any of the places on the original poster's list in South Jersey. We do have pdq chicken though, which I've been to once and liked. I don't know where else they are.
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