Smokin’ Hot

BBQ biker, John Stage
BBQ biker, John Stage

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que got its start when owner John Stage and a couple of biker buds started cooking sauce-slathered meat in a 55-gallon drum at motorcycle events. Stage says he was soon called out on his ignorance. “This guy says, ‘Barbecue is about long periods of time, slow smoking, you gotta dig a pit,’” says Stage in a video on the Dinosaur site. “I said, ‘I’ve got to find out what real barbecue is.’” So he climbed on his bike and rode to Memphis. The first Dinosaur opened in Syracuse, NY, in 1988.

Baltimore’s version of Dinosaur, the 10th location, at the corner of Eden and Fleet (in the new Baltimore Market-place), will be about 8,000 square feet with 250 seats. The space once manufactured wooden boxes for Coke bottles, and the restaurant group has repurposed the factory’s old boilers into chandeliers and a metal bar top.

The menu includes such classic barbecue as brisket, pork ribs and chicken wings—the latter spice-rubbed, pit-smoked and finished on the grill. Sides include the popular regulars like mac ‘n’ cheese, deviled eggs and fresh-cut fries. The bar will, of course, offer great local craft beers.

1401 Fleet St.,, 443-708-9070.

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