Cranes filling the empty sky with bricks.
Weeds! I've really missed scraggly vegetation sprouting from cement, so this was a fun find.
Here we are! Four different sauces, which almost guarantees a good restaurant experience. I am all about the sauce.
Devin makes a mean pitcher of lemonade, and I quote: "This is almost as good as mine!"--Devin. And it was!
We ordered the "Sweetheart Deal for Two," which is made up of a full rack of ribs, plus four sides of our choosing. Devin decided on mac & cheese and fries, and I picked coleslaw and collard greens.
For me, soul food is all about the sides. I'd be perfectly content with a meal made up simply of these add-ons, and a hallmark of a good place is careful attention to the extras. Dinosaur did not disappoint! The mac & cheese was flavorful and creamy, the noodles were cooked al dente, and the sauce had a hint of meaty richness to it...a bit of gravy, perhaps? The stewed collard greens were tender, succulent, highly seasoned, and delicious.
This humble-looking coleslaw was the unexpected show stealer. I ordered it after our waitress informed us that the whipped sweet potatoes were MIA, but I was glad to end up with this. The slaw was spicy and tart, with vegetables julienned thick and lightly dressed with a hint of creaminess. None of that shredded watery sweet stuff of roadside diners.
Dessert! Shortcake with a compote of black-, blue-, and strawberries and fluffy whipped cream. Awesome.