This is a customer review of Famous Dave’s Barbecue Restaurant in Meridian, Idaho. Famous Dave’s is a barbecue restaurant chain with many locations throughout several states in the continental U.S. This review is specifically for the Famous Dave’s restaurant located at 3510 North Eagle Road in the city of Meridian, Idaho. The Meridian location is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Famous Dave’s is a large restaurant, designed to resemble a log cabin or lodge. The interior is very comfortable, and seating areas are large and well spaced. The facility is very clean, and well lit. We encountered pleasant employees during our visit.
Famous Dave’s serves various barbecued items, including chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and beef brisket. Additionally, they also offer burgers and even fish. While at famous Dave’s, I ordered the “two meat barbecue combo”. These combination plates include the customer’s choice of two meats, and are served with a cornbread muffin, small corn-on-the-cob, and a choice of various different side dishes. I selected barbecued chicken and the Texas beef brisket. For my side I chose the garlic mashed potatoes.
Our meals arrived within ten minutes, and were served in plastic baskets lined with checkered wax paper. We did get real silverware and glass drinkware. The meat servings seemed a bit small, but being that the meals were priced at under $10 per meal, serving sizes were probably fair.
The first item I tried was the garlic mashed potatoes. These had too much garlic for my taste, and the consistency was gummy. I ate less than half of them.
I then tried the brisket, which I disliked entirely. The menu describes the brisket as “bursting with flavor”, however the only flavor I tasted at all was smoke. The excessive smoke flavor made the beef taste exactly like ham, which I don’t happen to like. It was like licking a campground fire pit. So the brisket was a total disappointment, in my opinion. I tried to make it taste better by trying several of the six bottles of barbecue sauce on our table, but I didn’t care much for any of them. One in particular tasted like pure vinegar.
The barbecued chicken was fairly good. Nothing to write home about, but I enjoyed it. The cornbread muffin was alright, but the corn-on-the-cob had a strange “tap water” taste to it. There was some type of toast under the brisket, but I didn’t bother to try it.
Overall, I felt that Famous Dave’s Barbecue was just mediocre. I liked the atmosphere, the friendly service, and the level of cleanliness, but the food was basically a let-down. I was glad that the prices had been low so that I didn’t have to feel like I’d wasted my money. I won’t bother to go back again.
For detailed menu information, directions, and hours, check out Famous Dave’s website, or call the Meridian location at (208)898-0325.