Enjoy Delicious, Hickory-Smoked BBQ Prepared Fresh Daily Throughout the DMV!

Famous Dave’s DMV started with a passion for excellence and a deep love of barbeque.

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Elliott Baum, owner of Commonwealth Blue Ribbon Restaurants, LLC, a franchisee of Famous Dave’s, has had a passion for barbeque for decades. In 2003, he opened his first Famous Dave’s in Westland, MI. Elliott brought that passion to Ohio, Illinois, Maryland, and Virginia, and today he owns and operates 16 restaurants in the Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, and DMV markets. Our Pitmasters arrive early every day to prepare our scratch-made sides and homemade desserts. Our smokers never sleep, and you can smell that real hickory wood smoked meat from blocks away!

Ten Restaurant of the Year and three Franchisee of the Year awards later, Commonwealth Blue Ribbon Restaurants is one of the most awarded franchisees in Famous Dave’s history. Even more beloved than our company awards, however, are the awards we win within our communities. These come from the heart and soul of our Famous Fans. Without them, we wouldn’t be the DMV’s best BBQ! The love of our surrounding communities has allowed our flame to endure for more than 15 years. Today, Blue Ribbon Restaurants owns and operates 18 Famous Dave’s throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Maryland and Virginia. Our mission: Be Famous. Be Real. Kick Butt. Have Fun.


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You’re never too far from the DMV's best barbecue! Famous Dave’s will satisfy your BBQ cravings. Our local barbecue restaurant features craft beers, award-winning barbecue and an amazing dining experience in a fun and kid-friendly atmosphere.

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To Go

In a hurry? No problem! Famous Dave’s DMV locations offer curbside service. We make it easy to take our homemade sides, desserts, and slow-smoked and grilled meats to a party, a picnic, a sporting event or just a relaxing night in.

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Treat your guests to something original! Famous Dave’s caters events of all sizes and types. From outdoor weddings, graduations and birthdays to corporate events, luncheons and celebrations. We provide exceptional food, attention to detail and amazing service for you and your guests.

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If You're Looking for the Tastiest BBQ in the DMV, You've Found It!

We're not joking here. Famous Dave's has earned over 700 awards nationwide. We have KCBS Certified (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Pitmasters, 12 of which are judges. We know BBQ.   

Every Famous Dave's location starts the day by preparing only the thickest cuts of meat. Our Pitmasters begin by hand-rubbing fresh seasonings on top-quality pork, beef, and chicken. Our ribs are smoked low and slow for 4 hours before we finish them off on the grill and serve them to you. If you are looking for authentic smoked BBQ and rich, zesty sauces, stop into Famous Dave's DMV. Our barbecue restaurants offer award-winning BBQ, craft beers, and a robust children's menu in a fun and family-friendly atmosphere.

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(855) QUE-TOGO / (855) 783-8646

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