A couple thoughts about our production,would be that most of us work hard at producing a quality product and we want to please ourselves.
Then,it is always nice to share the moment with a friend .
Now,the problem with a friend's comments could be swayed by drinking your beverages and eating your food.
Some are more objective than others.
Yes,folks eat first with their eyes,but letting them fill their own plate probably works.
Yes, after learning to cook here,makes it more difficult to really get excited about most bbq joints.
As to Famous Dave's,we have had a manager from there and several long threads.
Next time, ask to see the kitchen and see if the briskets are coming out of a Cookshack.