I just heard the exciting news that my hometown BBQ joint, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, is going to be featured on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food in the coming weeks. Not just a local favorite, the love of Dinosaur spreads near and far – in fact, President Clinton likes to stop by for some saucy grub when he’s in the Syracuse area.
Some quick history:
Dinosaur Bar-B-Q was started in 1983 by three bikers “bound together by the love of good food, a 55 gallon drum cut in half, and a serious case of wanderlust.” For five years they served BBQ on the road at motorcycle shows, fairs and festivals up and down the east coast until they settled down in downtown Syracuse in 1998.
Since that time, the nomadic BBQ crew has evolved into a nationally acclaimed phenomenon.
While the atmosphere and ambiance is unparalleled with its writing on the wall and line up of motorcycles outside, the food is also in a league of its own.
So what to order from this sweet and spicymenu? My favorite dish is the Philly Style Chicken Cheese Steak – chopped Bar-B-Que breast grilled with onions, peppers, mushrooms & cheese. I actually get it without the bread, so it’s just a huge plate of smothered delicious chicken. If you order a sandwich, you better get a “platter,” so you can add two of their incredible sides. It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but the macaroni salad, BBQ beans, fresh cut fries and real mash potatoes with gravy are each forces to be reckoned with. Oh and did I mention the ribs? Making mouths water and hands sloppy, these racks have helped to make Dinosaur famous.
If a trip to Syracuse isn’t on your calendar for the near future, maybe you’ll have an opportunity to stop by one of it’s other two locations in Rochester, NY or Harlem, NY. If you’re no where near NY, look for their specialty sauces in your local grocer. Last week I saw an entire end cap at Whole Foods in Boston, so check out your local store and pick up a bottle.
Keep an eye out for the episode where Adam takes on the Dinosaur.
Also, I want to point out that Central New York’s favorite hotdog spot will also be featured – Heid’s of Liverpool. This may be the first time many of you ever hear of and see a Coney!