Dinosaur BBQ – Worth the Wait?

Food & Drink, Food & Drink News


Written by Michael Canfield

Published on February 11, 2014



It may have taken a while, but Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is ready to open its doors on Wednesday at 5 p.m. for the first time in Buffalo. It looks like it will be worth the wait.

“We’ve been trying to do this for 10 years now,” said John Stage, the founder of the restaurant chain.

With locations in New Jersey, Connecticut and all over New York, it makes sense to bring the barbecue restaurant to Buffalo, Stage said, and people are excited.

“We’ve gotten a great response so far,” he said. “People have been great.”

For Buffalonians who haven’t experienced Dinosaur Bar-B-Que at any of the other locations around the state, they can expect a “total barbecue experience,” Stage said.

“Expect great barbecue at a great price, friendly staff and a good feel,” he said.

The restaurant will feature Dinosaur Bar-B-Que staples like brisket, ribs and wings, and will also have a few twists specific to Buffalo. BBQ “Burnt Ends” Meatballs will be on the menu for the Buffalo location, as well as a sweet tea brined BBQ Catfish.

BBQ Jumbo Wings offer several different options ranging from mild to hottest, with flavors like Honey BBQ, Hoisin Sesame, Garlic Chipotle, Wango Tango and Devil’s Duel.

Ribs and brisket are available in several different combinations.

While a barbecue restaurant may not sound like an option for vegetarians, the Buffalo menu does feature several vegetarian options, including a Smoked Broccoli Reuben.

The décor of the restaurant pays homage to Buffalo’s past, with old Buffalo signage and sports memorabilia lining the walls along with various blues band posters and biker paraphernalia.

The wooden floors and exposed ceiling lend a rustic feel that blends well with the clean, modern feel of the bar. It’s a comfortable setting, whether out with friends or family.

The bar will feature 18 beers on tap, including nine from breweries in New York.  Local breweries like the Flying Bison Brewing Company, Ellicottville Brewing Company, Community Beer Works and the Hamburg Brewing Company make the list. Two Dinosaur Bar-B-Que beers are also available. Flights of the beers on tap are offered, including “Buffalo’s Own,” which features Flying Bison Aviator Red, Ellicottville Pale Ale, Hamburg Brewery’s White Corner Wheat and Community Beer Works’ The Whale.

The bar also offers several combinations in the “Shot and a Beer Club,” including a pint of Guinness with a shot of Jameson and a can of Genesee with a shot of Jim Beam. “My Father’s Fridge” lives up to its name and includes several beers most Buffalonians are familiar with, including cans of Genesee Cream Ale, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Miller High Life and Uitca Club.

The bar also features “wine on tap,” and has a whole section dedicated to that.

The restaurant will also have live music on Friday and Saturday nights, Stage said.

“I’d be happy to light up a little corner of the world here,” he said.




301 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY 14202


Mon-Thurs 11am to 11pm ; Fri & Sat 11am to midnight; Sun 12pm to 10pm


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