Here's the thing about Famous Dave: he wasn't always famous. Dave Anderson inherited his passion for barbecue from his father, a humble construction worker who knew where to find the best barbecue on Chicago's street corners. In 1994, Dave opened his first barbecue shack in Hayward, Wisconsin, and before long, the shack was attracting 5,000 customers weekly—a momentous feat considering Hayward had a population of 1,800. Dave's lifelong pursuit of barbecue perfection had certainly paid off. It gave him a new life's work to be proud of. And, of course, a new first name to put on his passport.
With locations now spread across the U.S., Canada, and even Puerto Rico, Famous Dave's has become a revelation for barbecue fans. It has earned more than 700 awards, including first-place honors for its ribs, wings, and sauces. Most of these awards have Famous Dave's cooking process to thank. For every batch, pitmasters hand-rub high-quality cuts and cook them for hours at a time in live-wood smokers, taking care to not disturb the dragons napping between the logs. For Famous Dave's renowned ribs, the process has an extra step after the smoker, as each rack gets tossed on a grill to caramelize the sauces before serving.
If you have a hankering for something extra tasty, sample the menu at Buffalo's Smokey Bones.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this restaurant.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Smokey Bones, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Don't waste time searching for parking, we've done all the work for you. Spaces available here.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit in Depew.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Got kids? No problem at Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit! This restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
Catering services are also available.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Drivers can access the parking lot next door.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit is serving up barbecue with a fresh new twist, making it the perfect meal for any occasion.
Your next rack of ribs is right around the corner. Don't hesitate to swing by Kentucky Greg's Hickory Pit for some down-home BBQ.
Meat-eaters in Depew will fall in love with Zorba's Texas Hots — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for Depew residents.
Don't stay inside on a beautiful day! Come sit on the patio at Zorba's Texas Hots and order great food.
A tad noisy, the restaurant is well-suited for those who don't mind a little extra hustle and bustle.
You can also grab your food to go.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Zorba's Texas Hots cater for you.
For patrons' convenience, nearby parking is readily available.
Zorba's Texas Hots offers parking for all diners, including those who travel by bike.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at Zorba's Texas Hots for next to nothing.
If you can't make it in the morning, try Zorba's Texas Hots for lunch or dinner.
Is your mouth watering yet? Satisfy your taste for barbecue at Zorba's Texas Hots today.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Central Station in Williamsville and embrace the mess.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Central Station.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Central Station.
Don't let that new dress go to waste! Dress it all the way up at Central Station, where fine formal wear is the norm.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Central Station.
A mid-priced establishment, Central Station offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Central Station serves up all three meals.
You may end up with sticky fingers, but you'll treasure the delicious barbecue at Central Station.
Enjoy classic barbecue dishes at Whiskey Joe's in Depew and embrace the mess.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Whiskey Joe's can seat both large and small groups.
Comfort is prioritized at Whiskey Joe's, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Parking is provided in a nearby lot, so diners can easily walk to and from their cars.
Ribs, steak, or chicken — Whiskey Joe's has your barbecue needs covered.