So bear with my ramblings here a moment. When setting out to Amarillo, of course I had researched the restaurants prior to our trip. We wanted some good Texas barbecue, and I had a list of the top few restaurants that tripadvisor contributors had recommended. Dyer's was not among them. Dyer's wasn't listed under the 'barbecue' category at all. It's listed under the "steak house" category, which makes perfect sense for a restaurant called Dyer's BARBECUE, don't it?? (I didn't read through all the restaurant reviews to get to #79 or wherever it placed). So, I looked at some other online review sites, and quite frankly, I was underwhelmed by the reviews for Dyers. However, the top-rated barbecue restaurant was closed on both Sunday and Monday, the days we were in Amarillo. So I gave my traveling companion (TC) the option of going with a famous 'chain' restaurant that had relatively better reviews, or taking a chance on the lesser-rated local option. He preferred the local option.
We were so glad we chose Dyer's! As soon as we stepped out of the car in the parking lot, we could smell the meaty goodness. Now, I have to admit, I actually don't even *like* barbecue--but I do like sausage, and I had seen on their menu that they had two different kinds of sausages. I ordered the jalapeno German sausage sandwich with a side of beans. My traveling companion ordered the combo plate with the rib ends, pork ribs, and brisket. It came with a side of cole slaw, potato salad, Texas toast, and stewed apricots. We also got an order of onion rings.
My sausage sandwich was delicious! I was afraid it might be too spicy but it was perfect--a little bit of heat but not enough to overwhelm the flavor of the meat. And there was a good amount of it as well--more than could stay on the yummy toasted bun. The beans were good--a slight bit too salty for my taste, but not enough to where they were inedible. And note: these are PINTO beans, thankfully, not baked beans!
My TC himself is an incredible cook, as well as a connoisseur of the barbecued meats. He reported that his combo plate was also incredibly tasty (and I tried a bite of each). The ends and the ribs were especially tender and flavorful. The brisket was good, but not as good as the other items. While very tender, it was just a bit on the bland side. He said the potato salad and the cole slaw were very good, and he's a bit of an expert on both .
The onion rings were also perfect--both the onions and the light batter were crispy and not soggy. The weakest part of the entire meal was the Texas toast. I've had better out of the frozen food section at the grocery store. But... if you're going to be weak in one area, I suppose toast is better than meat, particularly for a barbecue joint.
The service was also very good. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and the food arrived amazingly fast, which at first concerned me. But after one bite, I was sold!
So, long story short, we got there in a round-about way, but we were very glad that all paths led to Dyer's. We would absolutely return there again.
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