Dink's BBQ in Bentonville didn't sink but it sure didn't swim either. Upon walking in, the diner may be surprised to find a stark industrial room instead of a homey "mom & pop" place. Remove the tables and the ordering station, and you have yourself a clothes store. We don't think the owner's have decided what kind of restaurant they have yet. At a moment's notice, it could become a sub shop, or a mechanic's garage. The space mostly consisted of several tables and two tiny TVs hung from the ceiling where no one could see them. As a testament to this, Ashley - a devoted baseball fan, ate her whole dinner there without knowing that her favorite baseball team was winning just a few feet away.
Good thing great BBQ doesn't rely on atmosphere. I had The Plate which was the sandwich of my choice and two sides. Ashley had the one side option. I got pulled pork with pickles and potato salad. The potato salad was a yellow mustard potato salad, but they included a hefty amount of mayo. Like "The Situation", I too hate mayo and want to punch it like a Snooki (what is a snooki anyway?), so I didn't eat it. The pickles were just regular dill spears, and although they have fried pickles, you can't get them as a side. Which was a major blow for Ashley.
Ashley had the brisket. She reports that the it was tender and delightful, as brisket should be. She would like to add that we are under the impression that the pickles were in fact Claussen. (Nice choice Dinks)
They have three different types of BBQ sauce. Ashley accidentally smothered her brisket with the spicy until I pointed it out to her, luckily they have generous portions of meat so she was able to remove the top layer leaving little damage. She then moved on to the Sweet Carolina sauce, which we both liked. The original sauce looked like ketchup but tasted like BBQ sauce. You can buy their sauce for 2.99 a bottle.
Our only real issue with the food was the sweet tea...which wasn't bad if you like unsweetened tea. Either someone forgot to put in the sugar, or this restaurant belongs on the upper east coast. Also, for a bbq place, it was kind of pricey. A sandwich, one side and a drink will set you back 8.00.
Would we go back? Maybe. For the BBQ. But we'd have to think twice about any BBQ place that can't make sweet tea; that issue really put a kink into what we think about Dinks.