Dickey’s Barbecue Pit filling, but disappointingly erratic

mstucka@macon.comJuly 27, 2012 

Visitors to Dickey’s Barbecue Pit can almost certainly agree on at least one thing: They didn’t walk away hungry.

Though some side dishes are a bit on the small side, the entrees are huge, and the restaurant chain prides itself on quart-sized beverages.

For those who didn’t get enough of the main course, the business has free serve-yourself ice cream to end the meal.

That said, Dickey’s leaves quite a bit to be desired. While it’s plentiful food, it’s not reliably good food, and it doesn’t always seem like a good deal.

A plate with two meats, two sides and a roll runs $10.50, plus $2.25 for a drink. I made a couple passes at the meats, with decidedly mixed results.

The chopped beef brisket was scrumptious. The pulled pork was amazingly flavorless; I’m not even sure how that was possible. The ham was great. The “fall off the bone pork ribs” were tender, albeit with not much meat. What meat was there was dry.

My wife enjoyed eating the Polish sausage, but was far less thrilled with the spicy cheddar sausage. To me, the cheese sausage tasted worse than anything we’d buy at a grocery store and cook at home, a real disappointment.

One positive side are the kids meals at $4.85, which consist of chicken nuggets, a sandwich or a plate, with one side and a drink. My daughter dug into the dinosaur-shaped nuggets with uncharacteristic fervor, once we introduced her to Dickey’s sweet barbecue sauce. And she polished off the macaroni and cheese both times she tried it.

As with most barbecue restaurants, Dickey’s offers a few sauces in ketchup bottles at the tables. But it also offers the three varieties -- original, sweet and hot -- in warmers near the drink machine. My family had mixed reviews of the sauces, but all found ones we liked.

The sides -- including onion tangles, green beans, macaroni and cheese and waffle iron fries -- were as frustratingly erratic as the entrees. The free ice cream helps compensate for dining disappointments.

Dickey’s also borrows liberally from other chain restaurants, including the shouted greetings and the odd use of interior corrugated steel siding. Most decorations were of the annoying hipster retro type that would look at home on an Old Navy T-shirt.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Address: 6011 Watson Blvd., Suite 380, Warner Robins

Phone: 273-8233

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Payment: Cash, credit, debit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: No

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Moderate

Health Rating: 93

Price Range: Small sandwiches from $4 and up

Rating: 2 1/2 stars

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