We haven't had the opportunity yet to try out the new Dosey Doe - Breakfast & BBQ (or DDBBBQ), so when a friend said he was stopping in for lunch, I asked him if he'd take some notes and a few pictures to share with us.
Mike's not one for "Foodie Fame," but having numerous years of cooking and grilling experience (a god among men when it comes to the arts and crafts of kitchenery, really) I knew we could trust his opinion. I also thought - carnivore that he is - he'd love the assignment; who wouldn't want to share about a mostly-meat meal from a restaurant seemingly built for the sole purpose of serving barbecue they profess to be so good they build the place around it?
Well... Here's how it went:
"I arrived at 1:20, at the end of the typical 'lunch rush,' and from the moment I entered, it already feels like this restaurant doesn't know what it is. And one of my biggest pet peeves: you wait in line to order, get a number and your own drink, but you pre-pay and a tip is expected. Not just passively with a tip line on the receipt, because there's also a bar, but there's a huge tip jar right next to the register. Why am I tipping you, exactly? So far, there is no difference between this experience and Burger King. I assumed, like most BBQ places, that my meat would be sliced in front of me or nearby and given to me, but after ordering, they said food will be out in 10-15 minutes. Again...why? I ordered mostly barbecue. It takes 10 hours to make. Is it ready or not? I ordered a 3 meat plate and brisket fries to try and sample as much of the meat as possible. The three meat platter comes with a choice of bread. I chose cornbread, which they were out of, so I got a biscuit."
According to the Dosey Doe website, "Executive Chef, Jay Stone has added 16 hour hickory and red oak smoked brisket, smoked and jalapeño sausages, pulled pork and smoked (pickled brine) chicken, as well a great assortment of handhelds such as the Panko Fried Catfish and Fried Green Tomato BLT. We know that lunch time that can be tight so we make sure it’s FAST, FRESH & FABULOUS at the DDBBQ!"
"Twelve minutes later - still no food; there are 15 people in here, tops, too. What are you doing back there? I'm already annoyed by default by [the] other stuff, but so many little things are setting me off; why would you use a broken clock as decoration? It's the only clock in here I can see and it's decorative / broken with the hands still on. That's going to *freak someone out* who thinks they're late during breakfast one day.
Finally, 20 minutes to get this - this is exactly how it was presented to me - *wow*"
"I would give them a pass if they wanted to bring all of my food out together and they had to make the fries fresh, but only the BBQ came out, and despite all 3 meats being extremely overcooked, it's just barely above room temperature. Even the biscuit was not warm enough to melt the butter haphazardly glopped on top of it. I genuinely have no idea why this took 20 minutes to get out to me."
"Wow, the meat is awful. Look how burned this is. I ate the least burned pieces and they were still extremely dry. The flavor of good barbeque should come from the slow rendering of the fat at just enough heat to not cook out the juices. There are no juices here. The sausage especially is genuinely burned. It shouldn't ever be exposed to heat high enough to do this if smoked properly.
I ate about 1/3 of the meat and after another five minutes my fries showed up. I sent back the rest of the barbeque. He asked me if I wanted a "to go box," LOL. I said I'm not asking for a refund, but it was really REALLY bad and horribly overcooked. Hopefully someone comes out to check on me?"
"And these are the brisket fries; which are - ok?"
The "brisket" included is mostly big pieces of bark that look like they're from the edge of the flat (lean portion) of the brisket (see the huge black piece in the middle-left of the picture there). The gravy is the best part of the fries and is genuinely good. I'd like to try it on something else, but there's no way I'm coming back at this point. Also, the menu says this has charred poblano peppers but I can't find any, which I was really looking forward to. Look at that cheese too - just a glob not even broken up. There's no way anyone with the title "Chef" prepared this or sent it out, or they shouldn't have that title.
At this point, I asked him if he thought we should go on with the review, to which he replied - "Whatever keeps people from eating there."
"The runner didn't tell the manager or the manager didn't care that I sent my food back mostly uneaten with severe condemnation; no one came out. I'm angry I wasted time eating there and I'm still hungry. I just left. I didn't want to spend more time there.
I'm hungry but feel gross. You know that feeling when you eat waaaay too much salt?
Mike and his wife work and live in The Woodlands area with three beautiful children. His mom instilled a love of cooking in him at an early age, and he loves cooking for family and friends with a primary focus on what we affectionately call "meat-craft," and creating fantastic, simple, healthy meals from scratch.
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