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Dinosaur BBQ - a tourist's review

magic | Mar 10, 200809:47 AM

So I was in Syracuse for 24 hours over the weekend. Went to Dinosaur BBQ.

Had a great time! What a fun and fantastic restaurant. True to word, I had quite a long wait. About an hour and a half. But it was a Saturday night, so I wasn’t surprised. The atmosphere was so fun and relaxed the wait didn’t even bother me that much.

The food:

Ordered a platter that had ribs, pulled pork, brisket, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and carrot/raisin salad. Chicken wings to start. Key Lime pie for dessert.

The ribs were nice, but didn’t blow me away. I think the main problem with most of the meat, was that I found it a little light on flavour. I think the ribs were spare ribs, and I am partial to baby back. But that is just my preference. The sauce was nice but not overly distinctive - borderline bland. The brisket was good, not great. The pulled pork tasted nice, but oddly like shaved roast beef! It even was done medium rare, kinda like shaved roast beef. And most unusual at all, it had hardly any BBQ sauce on it. All the pulled pork I’ve ever had has been coated and smothered in sauce. To me, that is what defines good pulled pork. I had to add my own sauce, which was on our table. And when I did, the sauce gushed out everywhere, which annoyed me. I wouldn’t have had this problem if the pulled pork had come coated in its own sauce. All this said, the meat was still nice and homemade, and made with love. That was clear.

The best protein I had was easily the chicken wings appetizer, which were grilled. They were tasty and juicy, charred beautifully and had the most divine blue cheese sauce. Wow were they ever good.

My cornbread was heavenly, my mashed potatoes were just incredible, and the carrot/raisin salad (more of a slaw, really) was amazing –– a nice surprise.

To me, the star of the evening was easily the key lime pie dessert. Apparently all of the desserts are homemade. Again –– nice. The key lime might have been the best pie I’ve ever had. Certainly the best key lime. Wow.

The only other thing I ate in Syracuse was a pulled pork sandwich at the Carrier Dome. Honestly, it was far better than Dinosaur’s pulled pork. Smokey, sweet, soft, luscious. Oh my. It was a real treat. Perfect. I coulda eaten 3 of them. The smell filled up the hall of that section of the Carrier Dome and it pulled me in. Bravo.

Oh, service at Dinosaur BBQ was pretty much perfect. Friendly as anything, and didn’t miss one beat. I definitely look fwd to going back when I am in Syracuse again. So much fun.

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