Sunday, February 20, 2011
Dick's Bodacious BBQ
We went downtown to grab a bite before the Pacers took on the South Beach Heat. With the thought of BBQ still on our mind from Friday, it was an easy decision. The best BBQ I've had is from Smoque BBQ in Chicago. I highly recommend if you want BBQ in the Windy City. Dick's has been around since 1999. There are two locations: Noblesville and Downtown. I'm going to get the service out of the way. Since you order at the the front and the workers build your meal for you, it is pretty hard to have poor service. The workers were really friendly and got me through the line pretty quickly.
I ordered the Two Step Meat plate and chose the smoked turkey and brisket. Both meats were on cold. It seemed like I was eating leftovers. Besides that the flavor was so-so. The turkey wasn't as dry as I thought it would be. It was semi-juicy and I compensated with adding BBQ sauce. They offer two types of sauce, Mild and Spicy. I did not care for the mild sauce. For some reason it just seamed like seasoned ketchup. The texture was nice, just lacked flavor. The Spicy BBQ had a nice kick to it. RFS broke a little bit of a sweat when he added it to his nachos. I enjoyed the heat. It wasn't too hot that it was unbearable, but it wasn't weak either. It has a good mix of heat and tanginess. The brisket was very tender and had a good smoky flavor, but I really couldn't get past the fact that it was room temperature. The baked beans weren't anything to write home about. Pretty typical. If you put some Bush's baked beans and Dick's baked beans in front of me, I would fail a blind taste test. In comparison, the beans at Smoque have a generous amount of brisket mixed in. The green beans were also pretty average. My mother would be happy I added some veggies to my meal, but besides that they do not add anything special to the meal. I'd have to say my favorite parts of the meal was that they had Coke Zero on the fountain and the cornbread. The cornbread was sweet and probably the only thing that was at the temperature I wanted.
Lessons Learned: Order more cornbread. Go during lunchtime because it is cheaper for the quality of food you are receiving. Try different sides. I'd say I would go back, but Dick's is not a restaurant where I will become a regular.
Life is uncertain. EAt dessert (or in this case, cornbread) first.