- Our Story
Famous Dave’s Detroit started with a passion for excellence and a deep love of barbecue. Elliott Baum, owner of Blue Ribbon Restaurants, a franchisee of Famous Dave’s, had a vision to bring the best BBQ in the nation to Metro Detroit. With hundreds of national awards already under its belt, Famous Dave’s opened on April 28, 2003 in Westland, MI. Barbecue aficionados and local families waited hours for a chance to pig out on the best darn BBQ ever! Seven months later, the Famous Dave’s in Roseville opened its doors. They smoked hundreds of slabs a day to keep up with the demand for Metro Detroit’s best barbecue. In 2005, the Famous Dave’s in Taylor made its debut followed by Famous Dave’s in Novi. Collectively, the four restaurants have become known as Famous Dave’s Detroit and have spent over a decade preparing Metro Detroit’s best barbecue. Our pit masters 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, Blue Ribbon Restaurants is one of the most awarded franchisees in Famous Dave’s history. But even more beloved than our company awards 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 Detroit’s Best BBQ (ClickonDetroit.com 4TheBest 2006-2016). The love of our surrounding communities has allowed our flame to endure for more than 14 years. Today, Blue Ribbon Restaurants owns and operates ten Famous Dave’s throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois. Our mission: Be Famous. Be Real. Kick Butt. Have Fun.
You’re never too far from Detroit’s best barbecue! Famous Dave’s in Detroit has four great locations to satisfy your BBQ cravings. Our local barbecue restaurants feature craft beers, award-winning barbecue and an amazing dining experience in a fun and kid-friendly atmosphere.
In a hurry? No problem! Famous Dave’s offers curbside service at all of our Detroit locations. 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.
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.