Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Dickey’s BBQ Pit, a Texas-based BBQ chain, recently opened in the Genessee Plaza, next to the also fairly new Blaze Pizza. If you’ve been paying attention, there’s been a slew of new restaurant openings in the Genessee Plaza and the Balboa Mesa Plaza across the street.
I had my doubts about eating at a BBQ chain, but my favorite BBQ in San Diego, Coop’s, is a little far of a drive, so I’m always on the lookout to try to find something closer. Since they had just opened and were running different grand opening specials every day, there was a little bit of a line, but it moved pretty fairly fast.
You order at the counter and your order makes its way down the assembly line. Once you reach the register to pay, your food is there waiting for you, and then you can grab any open seating. One of the perks of dining in is that they have a complimentary soft serve vanilla ice cream machine.
3 Meat Plate
To get a better sense of the different offerings, we chose a 3 meat plate. For our three meats we chose ribs, brisket and jalapeno cheddar sausage.
The pork ribs were a beautiful shade of red and had a smoky flavor. They were a little plain though and could have used a little more salt and even more smoky flavor.
Of the trio of meats, the jalapeno cheese sausage was the most pleasing. Each slice packed quite the creamy cheesy goodness with a little heat too.
I found the brisket the most disappointing. I liked the thick slices but found it to be lacking any BBQ flavor. A lot of BBQ sauce was needed.
The plate also comes with two sides and a bread roll. There is quite a long list of sides to choose from and we had a hard time deciding. We finally settled on baked potato casserole and fried okra.
We really enjoyed both sides. The creamy mashed potatoes was just loaded with addictive ingredients. The fried okra pieces were rolled in seasoned bread crumbs giving them an extra flavor boost.
Pulled Pork Sandwich
They were doing a special $2 Pulled Pork Sandwich the day we went, so of course we had to order two.
I was a little surprised to find that it was just pork piled on bread. No sauce and no toppings except for the small ration of onions and pickles to the side of the sandwiches. The pork itself was pleasantly pink and moist. However, with the pulled pork I had in Nashville late last year still pretty fresh in my mind, it didn’t quite compare.
As mentioned above, they also have a complimentary vanilla soft serve ice cream machine.
Overall, we had mixed feelings about this place. We found the BBQ to be so-so and would still rather go to Coop’s for Texas-style BBQ. We did like the sides here and it’s some of the better fried okra we’ve tasted in San Diego. The free ice cream is also a nice touch.
Dickey’s BBQ Pit
5604 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA 92111