The Not Fake News exists because of the distressing tendency of the media to thrive on negativity and chaos. We oppose the fearmongering and divisiveness by being a voice for reason whenever we can. When we write a review, it’s because it was so very good we felt absolutely compelled to speak up; people need to know the good things in life.
The trouble is, people deserve a warning sometimes when the food is just not worth the trip or the price, and we can give it to them. Likewise, if there’s one aspect of a place that’s world-class but the sauce tastes like ketchup, the pulled pork is mush, and the brisket is nothing more than a glorified chuck steak, that needs to be recorded too.
So here’s the master list of Places That Are Not Quite Worthy:
- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Dickey’s is the biggest barbecue chain in the US, and they do achieve consistency. One rack of ribs looks a lot like the next, and they taste OK if uninspired. But the pulled pork is soggy, the brisket is chopped beef, and the rest of the menu is similar. It’s a chain, and it tastes like a chain, which would be OK if it were priced as a chain. Plus sides: Sides, and free ice cream.
- The Pit, Raleigh NC; Motto — “Everything But The Squeal”: I wanted to be impressed; I really did. It’s an amazing atmosphere, slightly upscale but with a view directly into the bustling sparkly-stainless kitchen. There’s tons of history and a brilliant menu, and the prices while high are not unreasonable. But. It’s just not remarkable; there’s exactly one sauce, and it’s not that good. The ribs are bland; the meat is fatty and overcooked. The sides are decent and the portions plentiful, but overall it’s just not good enough to get a review. We’ll give them another chance someday, though.
- Dinosaur BBQ, Troy NY: The service was delightful and the wings were oh-my-God legendary. I enjoyed the fried green tomatoes and the deviled egg, and there’s a pepper sauce that’s worth killing for. Everything else was disappointing, particularly the other sauces — bland and without character. The ribs tasted like the meatloaf-ketchup sauce they were topped with, and everything else was similarly bland. I’d go back for the wings and I’m itching to try the nachos, but otherwise? Give it a pass.