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The star items of the menu here are the fresh meats smoked daily in a wood pit, including pork, beef brisket, chicken breast, pork ribs, kielbasa sausage and turkey. Also available: sandwiches, tacos, sides, desserts, free soft-serve ice cream cones.
The ambiance is warm and cozy, with distressed wood on the floors, walls and table tops, faux chalkboards depicting cuts of meats, and subway tiles giving it a chic warehouse feel. There’s an open-air kitchen that lets you oversee preparation of your self-serve meal, and you can see the giant pit smoker and coolers full of raw meat as you advance along the pickup line.
Our favorite food/price
The oversized menu hangs along the serving line, and after salivating at 10 different meals, I settled on the two-meat plate ($12.95), choosing pork ribs and chicken breast as entrees, and corn on the cob and mac and cheese as sides. The meats were fork-tender and had a delicious smoky flavor from the wood chips. Every meal comes with a soft roll, and you can pump your own barbecue sauces into plastic cups at the self-serve drink station. My husband and son had the daily special: a pulled pork sandwich topped with polish kielbasa sausage, two sides, roll and drink for only $9.95, a real steal and tasty to boot. While we were eating we noticed a soft-serve ice cream machine near the drink station, and a fellow diner said it was complimentary. We enjoyed vanilla and chocolate cones and left full and satisfied.
Reason to go
Dickey’s is now one of my go-to barbecue joints, simply because of the great taste, variety of choices and outstanding value. Meats are slow-cooked daily, and the portions are extremely generous. Free ice cream is a bonus.
Everything is self-serve, meaning you can get more soda and barbecue sauce when you want. Service along the ordering line was quick and efficient, and the staff was very friendly.
Fairly quiet on a recent weeknight.
Children have their own budget-priced meals of barbecue meat, sliders and chicken nuggets, and there are several family packs to feed a crowd.