By Brittany Ehrlich SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — Former Gov. of Arkansas Mike Huckabee thought there was no good barbecue places in New York until he tried Dinosaur BBQ.
On the morning talk show “Fox and Friends” Huckabee revealed that while he was working at Fox News one of his coworkers told him he should try the restaurant. He was hesitant at first but proceeded and ended up loving it.
“I had barbecue and crow,” Huckabee said. “Some of the best I ever had.”
In downtown Syracuse, the people at Dinosaur BBQ were not surprised to hear the governor’s comments. In fact, they are used to them.
“People to Syracuse or other locations and they are like yeah barbecue, they don’t know what they are doing,” said managing partner Kevin Speciale. “When we get recognized it’s really humbling.”
Other celebrities and politicians have visited the restaurant also including Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton last election cycle.
Dinosaur BBQ isn’t only about the food either, the restaurant has become a home and family to both the employees and customers.
“Dinosaur is a family,” said marketing director Jason Ryan.
“It’s a melting pot of people,” said Speciale. “You’re sitting next to people in suits and people in leather jackets… Everybody comes and enjoys great food. It doesn’t matter your background or how much money is in your pockets.”
Dinosaur BBQ has many loyal customers including Charlie O’Hara from Oneida whom traveled half an hour to eat at the barbecue restaurant.
When asked about the food O’Hara had one word to describe it “delicious.” He says he’s never had a bad meal and must stop by every time he’s in the city.
Dinosaurs is a “100% scratch kitchen” and everything is homemade. They also do two tastings a day to make sure everything is fresh and tasting good.
Next September is the 30th anniversary of Dinosaur BBQ and a big celebration is already in the works according to Ryan. He says tables with people’s names carved in them from the past will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to children’s hospitals. The BBQ joint wants people to be able to take home a little piece of the restaurant with them and feel even more a part of the family.