Matthew Sumpter

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Posted on | August 2, 2011 | No Comments

Many members of my family met up today at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Overland Park on 121st Street.  Apparently this is a franchise restaurant with two locations in Kansas as well as a presence in most states in the United States.   The Dickey family opened the first location in Dallas, TX in 1941.   It is a pretty standard fast food barbecue (or is it barbeque or BBQ?) joint, but with a twist or two that makes it stand out from the crowd.  Normally this isn’t the type of restaurant that we would probably make it a point to stop in at, but overall, I’m glad we did.

They offer the basics, such as various smoked meats as a platter or as a sandwich.  Their sandwiches range in size from the lil’ hoagie for $3.75 up to the Westerner for $7.00.  I had the pulled pork which was very tender and quite tasty.  This was served on a hoagie bun with lettuce, pickles and onions.  The sauce was self-serve and came in original, sweet and spicy.  I sampled each and can’t pick one over the other.  I’m a sucker for a sweet sauce, but occasionally enjoy a little spice in my life.

They offer up standard sides such as barbecued beans, cole slaw and green beans as well as a few of their own creations, such as jalapeno beans and baked potato casserole.  Add two adequately sized side items to a sandwich for only $2.5o.  I sampled a couple of the deep-fried standards: waffle iron fries and fried onion tanglers.  The fried onions are basically onion rings, but cut into much smaller pieces.  The batter on these little crispy gems was addictive.  A large drink in a “Big Yellow Cup” will run you another $2.00 and soft-serve ice cream is always free.  This is a family friendly restaurant with kid’s meals for $4.00.   For around $10, you get a good sized meal and it’s very good, but probably not great.

If you’re planning a trip here in the near future, visit the website and join the “Big Yellow Cup Club”.  I did and within a few hours I had received a coupon for a free drink.  Later, I also received a coupon for my birthday which entitled us to one free sandwich with the purchase of another.  After all was said and done, 4 of us (2 adults, 2 children) ate for around $14.00.  We used the coupon and shared sides.  The kids shared one meal since we have learned from experience that they never finish their own meal.  Plus, free ice cream.  Need I say more…

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