Dickey's Barbecue Pit
17245 E. 17th Street, Ste. A
Tustin, CA 92780
I have been waiting for Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Tustin to open since I saw the coming soon signs. I caught a glimpse of the opening date and made sure to get there soon after. So, my daughter, my wife and I decided to have dinner there one night. We walked in and there was no line, lucky us because it filled up quickly afterwards. My daughter ordered the kids meat plate with ribs, my wife ordered the three meat plate as did I. With one drink for my wife and I to share, this meal was just over $41.
The kids meat plate comes with a choice of meat, a side, a bread and a drink. My daughter got the ribs which comes with two. My daughter liked her ribs, she said there were good. She had nothing to say about the sauce other than she liked it. She did eat both ribs without any complaints. I stole a fry from her plate and was disappointed to find out that they were under cooked, which made them very soft and slightly soggy.
My wife got sausage, brisket and ribs for her three choices of meat. I had to try my wife's sausage since I didn't get any. This was by far my favorite piece on my wife's plate and my wife felt the same way. She also said the brisket was dry but tender, and that she really liked the spice rub on the ribs. But overall my wife was neither happy or dissatisfied with her meal.
For my three choices I got pulled pork, brisket and chicken breast. I too felt the brisket was dry but tender. The addition of the sauce helped moisten the meat up. The chicken breast could easily be cut with the plastic silverware provided. It too was on the dry side but like the brisket, that was handled by using some sauce. My favorite meat on my plate was the pulled pork. It was moist and had a nice smokey flavor to it. The mac and cheese was good but resembled something that could be made at home from a box. The beans were tasty and had a slight kick to them which I liked.
My real issue with Dickey's is the portion sizes compared to the price. When I ordered the brisket the worker pulled this big slab of plastic wrapped meat from a warmer. He then slit the plastic, sliced off one piece of brisket, weighed it and placed it on my plate. The plastic wrapped items from the warmer was also where my pulled pork and chicken came from. Now I understand portion control and needing to make money on your food but come on Dickey's those portion sizes where ridiculous. Unfortunately I do not think we will be returning to Dickey's Barbecue Pit anytime soon. Bummer.