Famous Dave's Barbeque Wins People's Choice Award for Best Ribs in America at the Great American Rib Cook-off

MINNEAPOLIS, Jun 29, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) announced today that its Traveling Rib Team has won the prestigious People's Choice Award for Best Ribs in America at the Great American Rib Cook-off in Cleveland, Ohio.

Aric Nissen, Vice President of Marketing & Research and Development, said, "This is a very exciting time in the history of Famous Dave's. The fact that our Traveling Rib Team was honored with the distinction of People's Choice for Best Ribs in America is a great accomplishment for our brand."

Famous Dave's has a crew of traveling Pitmasters called the "Rib Team." Each year, they engage the opposition at rib fests and other BBQ competitions from coast to coast, helping the brand to rack up over 500 awards, such as "Best Ribs in America" and "Best BBQ".

"Continuing our winning streak, our founder, Famous Dave Anderson, also made it to the finals in the popular national Food Network television show, Best in Smoke," Nissen continued. "Famous Dave and our Director of Culinary, Charlie Torgerson, were one of only six teams selected for this competition."

In other Company news, Famous Dave's has launched the U.S. of BBQ promotion, where Guests can enjoy the U.S. of BBQ Platter, featuring the new Huli Buli Charcoal Chicken, plus Georgia chopped pork and award-winning St. Louis-style ribs. Guests also have the opportunity to register online for a chance to win a trip for two to Hawaii. "Famous Dave's has won over 500 awards for our smokin' good food, and we thank America for their support!" Nissen concluded.

About Famous Dave's

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) was founded by 'Famous' Dave Anderson, whose passion for BBQ led him on a 25-year cross-country trek to find the best regional BBQ recipes in the country before opening the first Famous Dave's in Hayward, WI. As of today, the company owns 52 locations and franchises 130 additional units in 37 states, and is known for its on-premise real pit smokers, scratch-recipe cooking, and 500 national and regional awards for everything from best ribs to best Bar-B-Que sauce to best cookbook. They offer a wide variety of BBQ favorites including signature award-winning St. Louis-Style Ribs, Texas Beef Brisket, Georgia Chopped Pork, and Country-Roasted Chicken. Each seasoning blend was personally developed by Dave himself after years of trial and error to bring flavorful and authentic BBQ to his Guests. Scratch-recipes round out the menu with delicious sides and desserts that include meaty Wilbur Beans, Drunkin' Apples, and Dave's Famous Bread Pudding.

For more information, please visit www.famousdaves.com.

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Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company's actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave's expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.

Note to Editors: Contact Jean Golden (612-385-2324 or jean@goldenpublicity.com) for interviews, photography and other requests.

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SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America

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