So a special thank you goes out to Kitchen Manager Seth and our server Kallie for giving me a quick behind the scenes tour of Dinosaur's four mammoth smokers. Dinosaur is running two smokers that use natural gas to keep the pit temperature regulated and to provide a more moist heat for tender cuts of meat like their chicken. They also have two smokers that run strictly on wood as the heat and smoke source for the heavier beef and pork cuts. They are using all hickory wood in all four smokers and run them pretty much 24/7.
Okay smoke junkies, now on to the review.
|Barbecue wings done right!|
|Dinosaur on Franklin.|
|Family Stylin' BBQ Platter.|
|Fried green tomatoes were a hit!|
Beside the back stage tour, here are a few other quick things that Dinosaur does right:
Beer selections. Genesee Beer, Genny Cream Ale, and Schmidt's. This is what belongs in a true barbecue joint my friends. I didn't see this selection (that they affectionately call "My Father's Fridge") until we wandered up to the bar after dinner, so had a couple selections off their pretty extensive beer list that includes many local and regional brews with my meal. I'm heading back for a bucket of Schmidt's though at soon as possible.
Turkey. I do not see their smoked turkey sandwich on the menu, but I have had this at various events around town where Dinosaur was serving up. Do not pass up a chance to have this when you come across them at a local event. They usually are a vendor at the Taste of Buffalo and the BBQ Blues Bash downtown each year. Check this sandwich out!
Atmosphere and live music. If you know me, you know that my idea of barbecue culture includes great music and a good time with friends. There are many roadside barbecue joints that serve up great food, but sometimes the night calls for a place that just gives a better social vibe to hang. Dinosaur has this. Just a relaxed, friendly place with a local feel that I will certainly hang out at more often. Next time, we will venture beyond the standard barbecue fare and dive into what else their menu has to offer. I'm sure it will be worthwhile.