Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dining Out: Famous Dave's BBQ, Scarborough, ME

On a trip back from a wresting meet in Maine my daughter and I made a bee-line for the Famous Dave's in Scarborough, Maine to treat dad to a great BBQ'd dinner.  She and I had eaten at the one in Manchester, NH before it closed, but he hadn't had a chance to try it.

Famous Dave's is a national chain, so it's one of those that the BBQ in Maine tastes like the BBQ in Arkansas.  There's something to be said for that, when you are trying to tell dad this is a great place for dinner.

Like many similar chains, it's a fun place to go.  Whomever puts together their interior details must have a GREAT time doing it! 

We went with the Feast for 2, which feeds 2-3... so for late lunch, early dinner for us, it was perfect.

The feast included: St. Louis-Style Spareribs, Country-Roasted Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket or Georgia Chopped Pork, Creamy Coleslaw, Famous Fries, Wilbur Beans, Fresh Sweet Corn (farm fresh when available) and Corn Bread Muffins.  We exchanged the beans for garlic red mashed potatoes.

It comes to the table in a giant serving dish with barely room for plates - it's GREAT!  There was more than enough for all three of us and something that everyone liked.  It's a great way to sample what they have.

When DD and I went to the Manchester restaurant, they did this marvelous thing to sample all the sauces.  You got a basket of homemade chips and then they went over what each flavor was, putting it on the plate for you to try.  That way, you'd know which one you'd like to dip your meat into... but we just kept dipping the chips!

If you are into BBQ and are looking for a chain restaurant to try, I would highly recommend giving Famous Dave's a shot.  You can check their locations HERE.

On a scale of 1-5, this is a 4 in our book.

Happy eating,
PS.  Let me mention one LITTLE THING... Cabela's in Scarborough is LITERALLY next door... Literally... fill up on BBQ, head next door and buy...well... whatever one buys in Cabela's!!  :o)


  1. Wow! I'm really looking forward to a trip to the States especially as I just started watching Guy Fieri on Drivers, Drive ins and Dives. Some of the joints look really awesome. So I'll add this to the top of the list. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How nice to discover your blog on culinary adventures!

  3. Stopping by from UBC :). My first thought when I clicked open your page was "I LOVE that little lady in the banner"! One day I hope to figure out how to make one...or pay someone to do it for me...hahaha! My second observation: HOW COOL are those social media buttons!!!
    Although I am a fan of small, mom and pop places to eat, there is something "safe" feeling about certain chain restaurants! When you to go Applebee's, you NOW they will havew great fries. So I guess if I am traveling and see a Dave's BBQ, I now KNOW it is a great option.
    Since the hubby and I are almost empty nesters and hope to get an RV and see America...THIS is useful information that I hope my old brain will keep in mind!
    Hope you have a great 4th!

  4. Stopping by from UBC. If I ever get to the USA I'll have to look for this chain, it sounds great!

  5. Stopping by from the UBC. Oh, Yumm! The food looks fabulous! Great photos:)

  6. Nice to have you all stop by - thanks so much, Donna! The "lady" caught my eye - it's a theme I picked out. I LOVE her! She makes me think of me...heehee! I found the icons while searching, too. :)

  7. Whoa, that's a lot of BBQ ! I could never get over eating out in the US, I just couldn't reconcile the portions. We went to a rib shack in Chicago when I worked there for 3 months and there was enough on my plate to feed a family of 4. Thank god for carry out. The BBQ was mind-blowingly delish !

  8. I agree, Anita-Clare! We shared it and brought some home. :)