Dickey's Barbecue Pit's Deal of the Day has changed. They used to offer a menu item plus two sides, bread, pickles & onions, and a Big Yellow Cup for a special price each day, Monday through Saturday. We've been lamenting the slow but steady increase on the price of this deal over the last couple of years, from $7.95 to $8.95 to $9.95. Likely in an effort to avoid passing the $10 mark, the fast food bbq chain has changed what you get in the daily deal.
At my local Dickey's they've removed the poster that displayed all the deals you can get each day and have replaced it with a chalkboard. The board displays today's deal as well as a sort of manager's special and a third select promo. The deal of the day was what I expected for a Tuesday: 3 Rib Plate. However, you now get the main menu item, ONE side, bread, and a Big Yellow Cup for $7.99. You now have to ask for pickles and onions, although in my case they also had some over by the sauces for self-service.
Doing the math really quickly, a side is $2.50, which would put the old Deal at $10.49.
This isn't surprising or in anyway misleading. It's just a trend and something we've seen before from other fast food restaurants. We've updated the menu to reflect the new pricing and also have listed the old daily deals sequence to help you predict what should be on the chalkboard.