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Daytona Business Journal: Dining in Dayton: Nation’s largest BBQ chain serves up good grub in Dayton

Published: 09 Mar 2018

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The country’s largest barbecue chain has set up shop in the Dayton region with plans for more locations. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, founded in Dallas in 1941, opened its first Miami Valley location in Springboro, near Settler’s Walk. I decided to check it out and this is what I found. 


Atmosphere: Dickey’s, like all barbecue places, is a casual restaurant with wood floors, dark ceiling and plenty of wood tables, along with a long wooden booth. There’s a chalkboard illustration on a wall called the butcher’s taste guide showing which parts of the cow are which meats. Plus, each table has its paper towel roll. Ordering is done up front and then you walk the ordering line, cafeteria style.  


Food: Dickey's menu covers all the barbecue staples, from brisket, ribs and pulled pork, as well as chicken breast and Polish kielbasa sausage. All of its meats are slow-smoked on-premises in hickory wood burning pits each day. I ventured for the two-meat plate ($12.79), with beef brisket and pork ribs, along with mac & cheese and fried okra. The brisket was exceptional with the restaurant’s original sauce, which is flavorful and packs a little kick. 


The ribs were good and meaty, while the mac & cheese scored a win. The okra did not. My guest also got the two-meat plate with pulled pork and Kielbasa sausage, as well as barbecue beans and green beans. He gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to the pulled pork and green beans, but was less enamored with the others. 


Overall; Dickey’s marks a nice addition to Dayton’s burgeoning barbecue scene with the likes of City Barbecue and Texas Beef and Cattle Co. I will be back to sample more of its offerings, as well as get more of that brisket. 

Daytona Business Journal: Dining in Dayton: Nation’s largest BBQ chain serves up good grub in Dayton
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