Visitors to Dickeys Barbecue Pit can almost certainly agree on at least one thing: They didnt 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 didnt get enough of the main course, the business has free serve-yourself ice cream to end the meal.
That said, Dickeys leaves quite a bit to be desired. While its plentiful food, its not reliably good food, and it doesnt 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; Im 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 wed 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 Dickeys sweet barbecue sauce. And she polished off the macaroni and cheese both times she tried it.
As with most barbecue restaurants, Dickeys 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.
Dickeys 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.
Dickeys Barbecue Pit
Address: 6011 Watson Blvd., Suite 380, Warner Robins
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Payment: Cash, credit, debit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Moderate
Health Rating: 93
Price Range: Small sandwiches from $4 and up
Rating: 2 1/2 stars