Cuisine: American, Barbeque, Dessert, Ribs
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter-Service (at many locations), On-Site Parking
Locations: Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Forest Lake, MOA, Mankato, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Rochester, Roseville, St Paul, St Cloud, Stillwater, Woodbury
Apple Valley - 7593 147th Street Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-891-6400
Bloomington- 5101 West 98th Street Bloomington, MN 55437 952-832-0500
Burnsville- 2721 County Road 5 Burnsville, MN 55337 952-882-9933
Coon Rapids- 3211 Northdale Boulevard Coon Rapids, MN 55448 763-421-9467
Duluth- 355 Lake Avenue South Duluth, MN 55802 218-740-3180
Forest Lake- 43 19th Street SW Forest Lake, MN 55025 651-464-4400
Mall of America- 320 South Avenue, Mall of America Bloomington, MN 55425 952-854-0225
Mankato- 291 St. Andrew Drive Mankato, MN 56001 507-385-1223
Maple Grove- 7825 Vinewood Lane Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-416-4600
Minneapolis- (Calhoun BBQ & Blues Club) 3001 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-822-9900
Minneapolis- 4264 Upton Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55410 612-929-1200
Minnetonka- 14601 Highway 7 Minnetonka, MN 55345 952-933-9600
Plymouth- 11308 Highway 55 Plymouth, MN 55441 763-525-0500
Rochester- 431 NW 16th Avenue Rochester, MN 55901 507-282-4200
Roseville- 2131 Snelling Avenue Roseville, MN 55113 651-633-4800
St Paul- 1930 West 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55116 651-699-8800
Stillwater- 14200 60th Street North Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-5200
St Cloud- 310 3rd Street NE Waite Park, MN 56387 320-217-5900
Woodbury- 1940 Donegal Drive Woodbury, MN 55125 651-501-1900
Atmosphere: Most of the Famous Dave’s locations around the Twin Cities look very similar in decor, where the entrance leads you right to the counter where you order your food. Wooden structures are built to resemble old shacks around the kitchen area. Tables are spread throughout the space (pictured below is the Forest Lake location), all covered with red and white checkered tablecloths. Antique memorabilia adorns the walls.
The Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues at Calhoun Square has a stage for live performances. Cool place to see a small, intimate show!
Menu: Appetizers at Famous Dave’s include Smoked Salmon Spread, Chicken Fingers, Catfish Fingers, Ribs Tips, BBQ or Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Onion Strings.
Side dishes at Famous Dave’s include Wilbur Beans, Coleslaw, Potato salad, Dunkin Apples, Fries, Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes,
Famous Dave’s has salads! Options include Smoked Salmon Caesar, Grilled Chicken Caesar, Crispy Chicken, and Dave’s Sassy BBQ Salad. Soups include Chili or Wild Rice.
Sandwiches come with one side and include Beef Brisket, Chopped Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Texas Manhandler, Hickory Chicken, Cajun Chicken and Char-Grilled Chicken. Burger options are the Char-Grilled Burger, Cheeseburger, Ultimate BBQ, Devil Spit, and Bacon & Jack Favorite Burger.
Barbeque Classics at Famous Dave’s are the Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, Barbeque Chicken, Rib Tips, Chicken Tenders, Country Roasted Chicken and Sweetwater Cajun Catfish.
Award-Winning Ribs are smoked in the pit then finished on the grill. Size options are 1/3 slab, 1/2 slab or full rack (12 bones).
Kids Meals include Roasted or BBQ Chicken, Chicken Tenders, Chopped Pork, Hamburger or Cheeseburger, Ribs, and Mac & Cheese.
Dessert selections include Famous Bread Pudding, Pecan Pie, Hot Fudge Kahlua Brownie, and Ice Cream, Sundae with Hot Fudge or Pecan Praline Sauce.
Famous Dave’s has a variety of different sauces that are sure to please just about anyone!
Price guide: Appetizers $6-9 Sandwiches $9-10 BBQ Meats $12-13 Ribs $13-22 Desserts $6
What we ordered: I had the two-meat combo with Catfish Fingers and Texas Beef Brisket. The four medium-sized catfish fingers were hot and crispy, fresh out of the fryer and seasoned with semi-spicy Cajun seasonings. It comes with to sauces to dip in, a sweet & sour type of sauce and a seasoned mayo tartar. I thought these were especially yummy with the seasoned tartar. The Texas Beef Brisket was also pretty good. This combo came with corn, a corn bread muffin and two sides. I love the corn bread at Famous Dave’s! It is more moist than typical corn bread and slightly sweet. I am not a fan of the overcooked boring corn, which is a far cry from the sweetcorn we harvest in Minnesota. The two sides I got were the garlic smashed potatoes and coleslaw, both very good.
My companion ordered the XXL Rib Platter, a 12-bone rack of St Louis Style ribs. The ribs were meaty and quite tender, full of smokey flavor from the Pit. The two sides were fries and cinnamon apples.
Service: The Forest Lake location of Famous Dave’s offers counter-service, and we were able to order within minutes of arriving. We got ourselves drinks at the self-service station and waited approximately ten minutes before our food arrived. Staff walk the dining room and check with guests from time to time to determine if they need anything, and bus tables when necessary.
Overall Impression: I really like the variety of menu choices at Famous Daves, although I think their prices are slightly high for the amount of food you get. They have several great choices of sauces and despite being a large chain-restaurant, I think they do have pretty decent barbeque (you can’t go wrong with the ribs!). If you register to be a part of the P.I.G. Club you can get special offers, so go sign up here