At Dickey’s, you don’t have to wait for summer for barbecue.
It’s served year-round, and has been since 1941.
That’s the year Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas.
Today, there are more than 600 Dickey’s across the country, said Sherri Povolo, who owns several here, including the one in Wauwatosa.
“The Tosa location was the 500th store,” she said. “It’s two years old.”
Opened in March 2015, the Tosa restaurant continues the Dickey’s tradition of serving hand-rubbed meats smoked overnight for 12 to 15 hours.
“We smoke everything fresh on site every day,” said Povolo.
Dickey’s signature offerings and biggest hits are its pulled pork and Texas-style beef brisket. And the chicken is the only meat offering that Dickey’s puts sauce on. “You’ve never had chicken before you have Dickey’s,” she said.
Lunches are busiest at the Tosa location, with lots of repeat business coming from employees of nearby Briggs & Stratton and Milwaukee Tool.
Besides the signature meats, the menu offers sandwiches, like the Original Westerner made with sliced brisket and Polish kielbasa sausage topped with cheddar cheese and served on a toasted hoagie. Sliders, sides like barbecue beans and mac and cheese, and smoked stacks, like bangers and mash made with jalapeno cheddar kielbasa and baked potato casserole, are also on the menu.
“Our Texas Frito pie is divine,” said Povolo.
Routinely, specials are offered, like one that will last the entire baseball season: The day after each Brewers win, the originally $6.75 pulled pork sandwich will sell for just $3. And kids under 12 always eat free on Sunday when a meal valued at or above $12 is purchased.
The casual Tosa location can accommodate about 70 diners, but Dickey’s also does quite a bit of catering.
Povolo said full-service catering, with food delivered, served and clean-up provided, is offered, as are picnic packs, box lunches and party platters. She said many offices choose to have Dickey’s cater its delivery buffet, a 10-person minimum offering of two smoked meats, three sides, warm dinner rolls and its pickle and onion relish tray for $10.95 a person.
“We’re a nice option for holidays, when we do a smoked turkey,” she said.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
ADDRESS: 3180 N. 124th St., Wauwatosa
RESERVATIONS: Not required
FARE: The menu offers meats by the ½-pound, including hickory-smoked beef brisket, Polish-style kielbasa, jalapeno cheddar kielbasa, pulled pork and pork ribs; a number of barbecue sandwiches like pulled pork and chicken and cheese; an array of sides, including asiago cheese creamed spinach, barbecue beans and baked potato casserole; and tacos, like the pulled pork or smoked beef brisket with mac and cheese.
PRICE RANGE: Prices range from $1.75 for a chicken and cheese taco to $8.75 for one of its Westerners, a Texas-sized sandwich on a toasted hoagie like the Racetrack, chopped beef brisket and pulled pork with rib rub and topped with cabbage slaw and cheddar. Sides start at $2.25 for an individual serving, and sliders are all $2. Half-pound meats start at $7.25 for the pulled pork to $14.95 for half a rack of St. Louis-style pork ribs.
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily