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Dinosaur Bar-b-que

246 W Willow St #248, Syracuse, NY - (315) 476-4937
Posted By Gail Brown on 4/20/2006 8:35:00 PM
Dinosaur is one of our must-stops when visiting family in Rochester, NY. We've had BBQ in the South and in other parts of the country and this joint (there really is no better word for Dinosaur) ranks right up with the best. Smoky, tender meat and flavorful sides - what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, don't look for cutesy waitstaff. They're proud to be brusque and, depending on who you get, maybe friendly. I love the great atmosphere in the old train depot. Parking is on the street or in a nearby parking garage. Bikers get to park in the depot lot.

OK, some favorites: try the fried green tomatoes, tomato and cucumber salad, beans, "Big Ass Pork Plate", and oh, the list could go on! The fried green tomatoes come with a creamy/spicy dipping sauce and are fried to perfection. The tomato and cucumber salad is a refreshing counterpoint to the heavier BBQ meats and beans. The beans are delicious, just enough kick with lots of bits of pork thrown in. My all-time fave is the "Big Ass Pork Plate": two huge piles of tender, shredded, chopped smoky pork topped with their wonderful sauce (there's more on the table, along with their other sauce flavors to "kick it up"). Add some moist cornbread and your choice of sides and I guarantee you'll be taking home some for lunch the next day! I think the only thing I didn't really care for was the chicken. It just didn't seem very special.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Dinosaur's spare ribs (NOT baby backs) are long-smoked and meaty.
"Dinosaur's spare ribs (NOT baby backs) are long-smoked and meaty."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





The pulled pork is a smoky pile of shreds and chunks.
"The pulled pork is a smoky pile of shreds and chunks."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Wings come in a variety of styles.  These were grilled with garlic chipotle sauce.
"Wings come in a variety of styles. These were grilled with garlic chipotle sauce."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


This tender pulled pork sandwich melts in your mouth on contact.
"This tender pulled pork sandwich melts in your mouth on contact."
Stephen Rushmore


Marinated tomatoes and cucumbers make a very suitable side dish to smoky Q.
"Marinated tomatoes and cucumbers make a very suitable side dish to smoky Q."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The beans taste better than they look.  They are generously laced with shreds of barbecue.
"The beans taste better than they look. They are generously laced with shreds of barbecue."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Dinosaur is an easy hop off the interstates for those passing through Syracuse.
"Dinosaur is an easy hop off the interstates for those passing through Syracuse."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Motorcycles at the storefront of a BBQ joint is usually a good sign of things to come.
"Motorcycles at the storefront of a BBQ joint is usually a good sign of things to come."
Stephen Rushmore


Dinosaur BBQ Rochester
"Dinosaur BBQ Rochester"
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Cyclists receive special parking privileges at the Rochester restaurant. All others are on their own.
"Cyclists receive special parking privileges at the Rochester restaurant. All others are on their own. "
jackie perrin


Peanut butter creme pie with dark chocolate ganache topping - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Rochester
"Peanut butter creme pie with dark chocolate ganache topping - Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Rochester"
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