While most restaurants bring out a basket of bread, or a bowl of chips before the meal, Dave's brings out some browned potato wedges and then takes you on a whirlwind tour of their table-side hot sauces. The creative aspect of this presentation reminds me of ordering a "beer sampler" from the 75th Street Brewery. However, at F.D.'s you're sampling barbecue sauces instead of beer. Maybe I can convince them to come up with some "Beer-B-Que" sauces instead? No, you're right. Probably not.
Address: 131 E. 14th St.
What: Chain restaurant known for its pit barbecue.
Price: Platters are $10-$12; slabs $12-$22
Notable: Casual, family-friendly joint. Hickory-smoked ribs, barbecued meats and burgers.
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday