Syracuse in winter can give you cabin fever. When I complained about having it on Friday night, Lonnie had the excellent idea of making a jaunt over to the west side of Syracuse for some barbecue. I usually don’t say no to barbecue, unless I’m just finishing my third portion.
No serious discussion of barbecue in Syracuse can take place without mention of the Dinosaur, which has become the de facto standard of Syracuse BBQ. Its excellence is taken for granted, and we go there a lot. I don’t even bother to mention it much in my blogs, as it has mountains of publicity already. But, as Yogi Berra might have said, it’s so crowded that no one goes there anymore. So on this particular night we decided to try something new.
I had heard of the Limp Lizard, but didn’t know much about it – we don’t tend to get over to the west side all that often, (and when we do, it tends to be Eva’s or the China Pavillion). The building seems to have been converted over from a previous restaurant occupant, which, judging by the style, may have been a fast food joint. The decor was fun, actually very similar to the chaotic, humorous, and bikerly style of the Dinosaur. It seemed like a neighborhood crowd, quite laid-back.
We arrived to a friendly welcome, always a good sign. We had to wait for a table, but it wasn’t too long. We were served by the lovely and friendly Lauren, who was delightful. I had the pulled pork sandwich, and Lonnie opted for a quarter-rack of ribs. We were very impressed with the flavor of the meat and sauce, Lonnie possibly even moreso than I. She found the meat to be more plentiful, tender, and tasty than the Dinosaur’s, which is saying something. She does enjoy the Dinosaur, but after many meals, she has found the quality to be occasionally uneven. So we ended up with a delicious, quite filling meal for around$20 for two – not too bad!! They have live music, too – a band was setting up just as we left. There doesn’t seem to be much room to dance there.
Contrary to my expectation, the Lizard really gives the Dinosaur and run for its money. Though any barbecue joint in Syracuse will be compared to the Dino, in a sense the Lizard isn’t competing with it directly, because they are a considerable distance from each other. If I were a westside resident, I would probably become a regular at the Lizard. We might anway. 🙂