Famous Dave's BBQ Wins People's Choice Award for Best BBQ Restaurant at the 19th National Capital Barbecue Battle

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug 10, 2011 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- The 19th annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle announced Famous Dave's is the winner of the 2011 Chinet People's Choice award contest for Best BBQ Restaurant. This marks the sixth consecutive year that Famous Dave's has received this award.

Barbecue fans and festival attendees participated in voting for their favorite barbecue restaurant/food vendor during the two-day festival in Washington, DC on June 25th and 26th.

The annual event is one of the largest food and music festivals in the nation. With over 150,000 attendees this year, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle has become the largest barbecue competition ever held in Washington, DC.

Aric Nissen, Vice President of Marketing at Famous Dave's of America, Inc. said, "It is a huge honor and source of pride for Famous Dave's to win the People's Choice Award for the sixth year in a row. Our mission and commitment is to be the best in BBQ and hundreds of thousands of people at the Barbecue Battle voted to name Famous Dave's as the best of the best. Our competitors were among the finest pitmasters in the world and we are proud to have been among this elite group."

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 and franchises 183 restaurants in 37 states, and is known for its on-premise real pit smokers where the BBQ is slow-smoked for up to 10 hours over smoldering hickory wood. Famous Dave's is proud to serve scratch-recipe cooking, and has won over 500 awards, including the People's Choice Award at the 2011 Great American Rib Cook-Off in Cleveland and the People's Choice Award at the 2011 National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C., for the sixth year in a row. The extensive menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items, burgers and sandwiches, and home-baked desserts. 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.

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SOURCE: Famous Dave's of America

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