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Bites Nearby: Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Bonney Lake's newest dining option has all the fixins.'

I was en route to Enumclaw when what to my wondering eyes did appear but a sign called Dickey’s… Could it be? I asked myself. Yes, it is true, a new restaurant has arrived in Bonney Lake -- Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

Dickey’s may be new to the area but it definitely is not new to barbecue lovers in the United States. According to their website, Dickey’s is a Texas-based chain that started in 1941.

For those who don't do math, Dickey’s has been in business for 70 years and in Bonney Lake, only 48 hours!

Now, I am not a big fan of chain barbecue restaurants and find that friends’ backyards (and my own) are the perfect spots to find true BBQ, whether it be smoked or slow grilled. But seeing as how I was here and Dickey’s was near, I decided to take an adventure and placed an order to go.

Upon entering, I was immediately greeted with a very happy and outgoing “Welcome to Dickey’s” from the hostess, paired nicely with the heavenly aroma of warm and thick barbecue. Western decor like wagon wheel lights and checkered tablecloths abound, but what really caught my eye was the big-as-can-be 5 gallon tub of glorious dill pickles. I really could not take my eyes off the pickles as they come as a side and it appeared one could take as many as they wanted… within reason.

May I help you?” Oops. Too many enamored glances at the pickles, I guess.

Reading the menu, I wondered what I could get to eat in the car. Messy BBQ sauce was definitely not an option, so I honed in on the Giant Stuffed Baker, a baked potato with all the fixins’ in a big box. 

“Where’s the meat?” said a voice from behind the counter.

I laughed at the thought of meat on my potato, but the more I thought about it, the more I wondered. I asked what kind of meat I could get and was offered pork, beef and pulled pork. I asked, "what about chicken?" I think everyone stood still for a moment, until someone said they would do it—without any extra charge.

I have to admit that even though I can buy a 10-pound bag of potatoes for under $5, I was thrilled with the size of this one potato which measured over 8 inches in length. With added chicken, the bill came to the decent amount of $6.50. The chicken was smoky and tender with a light pink coloring from barbecuing. The potato had a nice, slow baked taste, but for almost 9 inches of beautiful carbohydrates, it only had about a tablespoon of sour cream, a pinch of green onions and definitely not enough cheddar cheese. 

Although disappointed with the fact that a big chain can definitely afford “the goods” for the baked stuffer, I ate about an eighth and decided to take it home and do it Dining Diva style.

Okay, so I didn’t have what Dickey’s is famous for, which is their BBQ ribs and pork, but I will leave that to the rest of you. I am just excited that there’s a new restaurant in town and everyone should give it a try… just ask for more sour cream and stay away from my pickles.

Rebecca Schmitt November 11, 2011 at 01:40 AM
You did not tell us where Dickey's is at?
Skippy November 11, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Love the Dickey's innuendo, but from the description of "enamored glances at the pickles..." , "...potato which measured over 8 inches in length", and "...9 inches of beautiful carbohydrates" I'm wondering if I should dine with a paper bib or leather chaps and and rubber sheets? :p Yeee doggies!
Lauren Padgett November 11, 2011 at 02:47 PM
It's located at 21109 State Route 410 East in Bonney Lake... in the same complex as Goodwill.
Skippy December 06, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Oh Dickies, where to start. I'm amazed that a fast food chain can grow serving such mediocre food. Granted they are a niche market what with the Texas BBQ theme something that is very lacking in these northern areas and can only think this is why they are expanding up here. Having high hopes for this chain, I figured they would be the Boston Market of home style stick to your ribs kinda down south BBQ food. Sadly my hopes of noshing on delicious fat laden carbs and protein were dashed after the first couple of bites. Lets start with the main course, the "BBQ Beef Brisket" sandwich. Honestly when I hear that meats are smoked on site I expect to see plumes of blue smoke and smell it before I even see the restaurant. No so much at Dickies, while my gal pal picked up the food I seriously doubt they smoke their meat on site and if they do it's not done well as I could hardly taste any smoke flavor from the skimpy dry portion that found its way onto the hoagie style bun. The Sauce oh god the sauce! I know vinegar based BBQ sauces are common in various areas of the south but OMG this was BBQ flavored vinegar. There is a time and place for vinegar even strong vinegar, say malt vinegar on some fresh batter fried cod and chips for example. or in pickled pickles, not in my BBQ! Maybe I'm a northerner who doesn't know any better but I prefer sweet and savory smoked meats. The sides of baked potato casserole, macaroni were okay but nothing to write home about... Part two below.
Skippy December 06, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Part 2: The Jalapeno beans, I have read rave reviews about em but sadly disappointed again. Beans YES, jalapenos YES, Pepper & salt YES, uninspired one dimensional flavor, YES! these beans needed something, anything but, vinegar YES! I swear sugar is banned from this establishment; Maybe that's a good thing? Sugar is a flavor enhancer just like salt, pepper, and many other spices. Okay I have slammed this place enough, lets end with a positive note (err sort-of). The peculiar fried onion bits that look like onion rings sent through a LaMachine. These 'Onion Tanglers' were very tasty salty battered bits of fried onion in a bucket. Dripping with oil these savory bits were well cooked and should satisfy the most critical fast food snacker who has no regard for their weight or fat intake. Seriously though if the best item from a $25 2 meal BBQ take out is the fat fried onions, do yourself a favor; Drive to Milton's Arby's and order a BBQ roast beef sandwich with twisty fries. It will taste better and cost much less.

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