Dickey's Opens Its 200th Mecca of Meat

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200th store in Abilene, Texas
Dickey's Barbecue done growed up. The restaurant chain celebrated its seventh decade of existence in October, and now it celebrates another major milestone: its 200th location. While new locations have been popping up across 36 states, this latest opening is a little closer to home. Dwain and LaLena Carpenter opened the doors to their Abilene, Texas location on Saturday.

I've never eaten at Dickey's. So I hit up the Observer to check out the coverage we've given the chain in the past. The coverage mostly seems indifferent, but the comments are volatile. Readers either love the chain or long for the days before the restaurant started expanding.

In 2007, we posted a piece about Dickey's pending expansion. At that point 113 locations were open with 56 more in development. In 2010, we pointed out that Dickey's planned to go coast to coast. And later that year, Hanna Raskin reported on Dickey's newest offering at the time: smoked cheddar and jalapeno sausage.

Observer readers gave the chain a little love too. In 2004 Dickey's was awarded a readers choice Best Barbecue Restaurant. They got it again in 2010.

We'll leave it you to decide what this says about our readers.

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foodbitch
foodbitch

I once took a bite of pumpkin pie from Dickey's and it burst with water in my mouth. That's right. Frozen, half-defrosted pumpkin-flavored ew. I don't think I'll ever forgive them for that. 

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

This is a damn shame. There are at least THREE places I can name in Abilene that have better BBQ than Dickey's. Of course, this is the same town that had two hour waits and lines around the block for the opening of a Jack in the Box in 2008. A Jack in the Box that has since closed.

When I asked a friend of mine from Abilene about this she mentioned that the now have a Genghis Grill and a Jason's Deli. Seems the town is exploding with mediocre food options.

Connective Tissue
Connective Tissue

I think the original location at Henderson and Central sells good barbecue; otherwise, I'd usually try to find some place other than Dickey's. But anything's better than Sonny Bryan's at any location.

Guest
Guest

A new Dicky's (franchise)? Yawn......

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Dickey's is ok.  It can get a bit pricey.  It's good if you can bring the kids in to eat for free.  I think, like any other fast food, they struggle with the "talent"; but I understand, with the margins being so slim.  The holiday turkeys they sell are flat out bland.  A pre frozen product that comes directly from the food vendors giant freezer.  Good if you are in a pinch, bad if want something that resembles turkey. So, I put Dickeys in a class with other C+ BBQ joints;

Red, Hot and BlueColters, ala LuthersSpring Creek BBQ

but, not with:Sonny Bryan's (B-)

(or)Soulman's (A)

(or)Big Daddy's, or Coppers (A+)---------------------------------------------

For the most part Dallas BBQ sucks, and that's a dang shame!  Imagine if you went to new York or Boston, and the Italian was marginal?  Part of the problem is the cost of the meat............it has skyrocketed exponentially in the past decade.  I ALWAYS say-it's just BBQ. 

Now, go out get a brisket, and smoke it.  Remember, indirect heat.  It takes time to smoke a brisket.  Then slap some of the ole' sweet and hot on top!  Pickles, onions, peppers, baby new potatoes.  Shiner.  Corn.   BEANS! 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ever since I put Maureen Dickey, ham, and roast beef in the same sentence, I have not been able to eat there.  Thank god Im heading home to KC in the next week, Ill get to eat at Arthur Bryant's, Oklahoma Joes, and the original gates.  MMMMM Im hungry now 

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

You're just mad because there isn't one next door to Zippers.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

that's it?  you should have just stayed in bed.  

ps-what time does the county jail let you use the computer?

POW?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Kergs, are you referencing Cooper's (said Coppers) .. I ate there yesterday, next to Billy Bobs, had my usual a beef rib and a little bit o jap sausage..small slice of pepper jack cheese...some free beans, pickle and onions and a tea..15 bucks.

I hold no local BBQ place to the same standards that I've grown to love down at Smitty's, so I guess if'n I was to rank the near DFW joints, I would have to put Coopers and Hard Eight at the top.  Dickeys is just like Risckeys which is just like Spring Creek, comparing those guys is like comparing Mickey D's to Burger King..they are what they are, fast Q.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

OKC has fine BBQ.  I'm telling you, whenever I head out of town, I know I'm gettin' good BBQ....and that is a shame. 

Allie
Allie

I grew up on the north side of San Antonio and ate at the original Rudy's BBQ whenever I needed a BBQ fix. I love it. That said, all the other "new" locations that I have tried, pale in comparison. I think it's a damn shame.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Depends on the location.....I give it a C- for being inconsistent.  I once ate at the one at The River, and I had "problems" for three days.  Could have been the Bud, but I don' think so.  Lets put it this way; it wouldn't come out either end-and that is a problem.  Nothing worse than having it just sit, and rot.  I almost had to perform a self c-section barreling toward the 35 bridge.  

BTW, camping on the Guad was like 50 bucks last summer; WTF? 

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

KC has great BBQ....ever since I put Angela Hunt, pasta and  red sauce together, I've been rendered useless. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Guad in New Braunfels? Last time (5 years or so) we camped off of River road..it was atleast 25-35 bucks a day..can't tell ya exactly too mas cervesas.

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