Have you ever had one of those days where time gets away from you and you realize everything is frozen and you have no desire for any of the typical fast food fare? This happens to me more than I’d like to admit. I hopped on my phone and asked the all knowing Siri to point me to barbecue restaurants in my area. Guide me old wise phone app! The map on my phone populated with options and I picked the one I’ve never heard of, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Pendleton Pike in Indianapolis.
When I clicked the restaurant on my phone I instantly saw a negative Yelp review. I closed it before I read too much and changed my mind. I wanted to go in with an open mind and walk away with some awesome food and a new spot to add to my list of frequented restaurants. I pass this restaurant all the time and I have no clue it was there. Oddly I’ve always planned on stopping at the taco place that is connected and share an entrance door. Go figure!
Dickey’s is clean and inviting. I loved seeing the smoker right up front with the stacks of hickory next to it. I didn’t catch her name but the cashier at the front was very friendly. She took my order and we joked about how most adults get their meat entree and load up on starch and get no green vegetables. I ordered the chicken with mac and cheese and green beans for my older son. For myself, I ordered sliced brisket, rib tips, green beans and baked potato casserole.
My son scarfed down his chicken and mac and cheese so fast I have no opinions on it other than it smelled good. I got the typical teen reply when asked how it was, “it was ok”. It could have been some of the best he’s ever eaten or really just ok. We’ll never know.
The baked potato casserole was the star of my meal. The side dishes should never be the star of a meal in a BBQ joint. The baked potato casserole was a perfect blend of cheese, bacon, and green onion in mashed potatoes. They were perfectly seasoned. Not often do I not need to add salt and pepper to a potato dish. I was genuinely sad when I reached the bottom of the cup. Under seasoning is not something you’ll have to complain about with the green beans. They were country style with onions and a generous amount of bacon but it was heavy handed with the black pepper and too spicy for my toddler. I didn’t mind the kick. The meat is where I have a hard time writing this post because I so wanted to love it and I didn’t. Some of my rib tips were tender and full of flavor and some were a bit tough as if I got tips from two different batches. The same with the brisket. I expect brisket to be melt-in-your-mouth tender with a great smoky flavor that leaves me wondering what spices they used and no need for sauce. The first bite was good. It was not the best I ever had but it was good. The rest of the bites were leaning towards the dry and slightly tough side. I added sauce to it and it helped some. One or two bad bites ruined my meal and I gave up on it. When asked how it was I replied that I was so mad about the brisket I wanted to run over their smoker with my car. True Story. Maybe I got the tail end of some that mixed in with fresher meat. I don’t know but I’m not sure I’ll try there again. Well If I need a lot of potatoes with no time to cook my self I can see ordering a large pan of baked potato casserole to go.