Dink’s has long been one of my favorite barbecue (BBQ) spots in NW Arkansas. I often will stop here for lunch, just after landing at the local airport, after returning from another part of the country. Not only is it on my direct route, it also reorients me in a visceral way to being back home. Barbecue is serious business here, to the point I’d say you might want to avoid it as you would religion and politics in casual conversation.
On my most recent visit, I had the “American Dip” special, which is a beef brisket on a sandwich with fried onion crisps and cheese, served with a side of au jus for dipping. Though the sandwich was delicious, I could really taste the salt in an unpleasant way. It’s probably more a fault of the individual ingredients, which when combined, combine for a salt assault, than anything to be blamed on the kitchen. For my one side, I chose the delicious and well-seasoned shoestring potatoes, which on their own were not overly salty.
Barbecue joints are notoriously for being sloppy for eating; there is a reason you get a roll of paper towels at your table and not paper napkins. However, I’ve become accustomed to Dink’s getting behind in cleaning their tables, both during their peak lunch period, and even in mid-afternoon, when they have ample opportunity to catch up.
As a final note: Dink’s also serves delicious pulled pork and baked beans. I’ll make sure to update this review when I go back for that meal.
Rating 3.5/5.0 – Liked it
3404 SE Macy Rd #18
Bentonville, AR 72712