“All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say ‘Yo Goober! Where’s the meat?’. I’m trying to impress people here Lisa. You don’t win friends with salad.”

Dan Castellaneta

Every so often, the capital district gets a new restaurant that is the “talk of the town” and currently, that restaurant is Dinosaur BBQ (377 River St, Troy). I went to dinner with a group of 5 other girls and the estimated wait for us was an hour and a half. We waited that time at the bar which was everyone else’s idea as well, it was quite crowded. We could hear them announcing our names and even though they told us hour and a half to 2, many people left without taking their names off the list. They call your name three times, the third being “last call” until they move on to the next group. We waited at least an hour but we didn’t really notice since we were all talking and catching up. It was a Saturday at dinner time so we showed up knowing the wait was going to be a doozy.

When we did get to sit down, the service was very fast. It was as if they’re trained to deal with the “controlled chaos” as the waitress said and checked up on us from time to time and make sure we had everything knowing that she could get lost in the crowd. We started with a pitcher of sangria for the table. 5 of us split the pitcher evenly, one glass each, I wouldn’t split it anymore than that; each of us paid $6 for our glass.

The waitress then explained the menu and where to find everything to us. *NOTE– the menu has two prices next to most things, it says that each “come with two sides” but you do pay extra. For example, I ordered the burger and the prices listed were $7.00/9.95 if you want the two sides that your meal “comes with” then it’s the second, platter price, $9.95. Which is a great deal since sides are at least $3.00 each if you want to order extra.

As I mentioned, I ordered the Dino burger with a side of Mac & Cheese and Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes. The Dino burger comes with cheese (the menu says Vermont Cheddar but you can get whichever you choose, I got cheddar), caramelized onions pickles and their special BBQ sauce. Those are my two favorite sides in case you’re unsure of which to order. The burger was very moist, as a burger should be. This burger was also cooked with bits of onion throughout which allowed for the flavors to blend together and gave it a bit of extra texture. The burgers come with pickles on the side instead of cornbread so I ordered a side order of cornbread that comes with two pieces for .75. It isn’t the best cornbread I’ve ever had, a little hard on the outside, but two pieces for .75, if you like cornbread, you might as well for so cheap. The mac & cheese has some harder cheese on the top and then melted cheese throughout, just perfect. They have dessert options but you won’t be hungry after getting a platter. I cut my burger in half, ate half and turned my plate away, I knew that other half was going home with me and made for a great lunch the next day, tasted just as good. The wait may be bad around dinner, especially on weekends but this restaurant I can say is worth the hype, it’s worth the wait, it’s worth the trip. Enjoy!

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