“I gotta fall in the love with the building,” proclaims John Stage, owner of the wildly popular Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Make no mistake about his affection for the former Universal Pictures storage facility on Franklin Street, a bone’s throw from the theater district in downtown Buffalo.
Stage, a New York City native, has been searching for a suitable location for his restaurant for 10 years. As the city, and the downtown area in particular, continues its rebirth.
Open daily with a staff of 120, Stage’s restaurant has been one of the most in demand for as long as I can remember. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is huge in Syracuse and Rochester, drawing in thousands of hungry people in search of quality food served up in a casual setting.
At the Buffalo location, Stage said he has four BBQ pits and cooks every dis fresh, which “eliminates reheating.”
When my husband and I visited on a busy weeknight evening, we perused the surprisingly large menu, ranging from Small & Shared Plates to Pit Plates and Sides to Custom ‘Que, Combinations and Sandwiches.
After Dan and I chowed down on the filling appetizer—shrimp boil, deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and wings--he dug into a Brisket & Chicken Combo while I was intrigued by the Smoked Broccoli Reuben, made with smoked broccoli, BBQ sauerkraut, melted Swiss and mayo.
I’m still dreaming about that sandwich! I also enjoyed the Black-Eyed Greens on the side.
If you fancy some suds to wash your ‘que down, there are 18 beers on tap, including five local Buffalo beers.
Welcome to downtown Buffalo, John Stage and company. So glad this Dinosaur isn’t extinct!
This Saturday is National Grilled Cheese Day, reports our friends at Yelp. Several downtown eateries cheese it up the right way: big, gooey cheese-filled sandwiches melted with everything from apples, spinach, tomatoes among the countless combinations. The Melting Point, Fables Café and Blue Monk all got rave grilled cheese reviews.
And, let’s raise a glass to the Buffalo Wine Festival, happening this Saturday from 1 – 4p.m. and 6 – 9p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center. Regional vino from 30 NYS wineries will be available to sample.