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Famous Dave's Restaurant Review: Even though Famous Dave's is a Minnesota-based barbecue franchise, the Calhoun Square location is decorated like the Loop in Chicago. There are fake elevated tracks, a “Halsted Garage,” and the occasional recording of a train screeching overhead. We don't think anyone needs a hot needle of sound piercing their eardrums while they eat, but kids and other fans of theme entertainment will enjoy the playfully urban aesthetic. The real allure of Dave's is the ribs. Barbecue galvanizes opinion, but even though it's a chain, we think Dave's holds its own against more homegrown efforts. The pork ribs are tender and smoky and can be ordered with sauce or “naked”---and Dave's signature spice rub makes them a treat even when served plain. For those who like saucier ribs, every table has squeeze bottles filled with condiments both fiery and sweet. Groups of four should order the All-American Feast for a cornucopia of barbecued ribs, chicken, beef brisket, corn muffins, Wilbur beans and french fries. Don’t forget the homemade desserts: “Better Than Mom’s Pecan Pie” really is.