BANV & kids give Famous Dave’s new Bel Air restaurant a try

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The kids and I were on hand for Famous Dave’s grand opening ceremonies and Bel Air Mayor Dave Carey’s “rib cutting” this morning and then were among the first to eat there after the doors officially opened. We enjoyed it. We’d never had Famous Dave’s ribs before and I found them spicy and tender. Just about everything was spicy — even the macaroni and cheese. The kids had fun sampling the five different sauces and choosing their favorites. My daughter liked Sweet & Zesty and my son’s favorite was Georgia Mustard. Since it was our first time there, we stuck with the signature dishes: St. Louis style ribs served with side dishes that included everything from spiced apple slices to the aforementioned macaroni and cheese and spicy beans. They even offered their ribs on the kids menu, cutting the portion to just two ribs and a side dish for $4.59. My son had the Georgia Chopped Pork Sandwich. The menu included chicken, fish, burgers and even salads, but I thought it seemed silly to eat anything but ribs on opening day. My kids and I had to keep wiping barbecue sauce off each other’s faces. By the time we left the restaurant shortly after noon, there was a line at the door and about a 20 minute wait. At dinnertime it looked like an even bigger crowd was milling about outside waiting to get into the restaurant, which Chicago Uno Grill vacated in January. Click here to see the menu. Famous Dave’s at the intersection of Baltimore Pike and Route 24 in Bel Air is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday. For more information, call the restaurant at (410) 638-8955 or visit www.famousdaves.com.