Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Review by: Marvin Nakashima

This barbecue restaurant originated in Syracuse and currently has additional locations in Buffalo, Rochester, Troy, Harlem, and Brooklyn, NY, Stamford, CT, and Newark, NJ. Have they managed to recreate their BBQ to these branches? Yes, as far as the Rochester branch is concerned.

Pork ribs is what I always get, but try to save room for their homemade pies, e.g. peanut butter cup (Oreo crust with peanut cream filling topped with sweet dark chocolate panache) and sweet potato/pecan with flaky crust. Suggest that the two sides be shared. Ribs have a nice smoke ring and the BBQ sauce basting penetrates the meat enough that no additional sauce (original, roasted garlic honey, garlic chipotle pepper and devil’s duel pepper) is needed.

Great atmosphere created in the old Lehigh Valley train depot in downtown Rochester with additional views out the windows of the Genesee River, which is roaring with spring runoff. You can see an entrance to Rochester’s now abandoned subway, just to the left of the restaurant’s entrance. The entrance is heavy with graffiti. Western NY is certainly not going to be a BBQ hot spot like KC, Memphis, NC, Texas Hill Country, but Dinosaur BBQ does it right.

What To Eat

Pork ribs

Peanut butter cup pie

Fresh Cut Fries

Mac & Cheese

Pulled Pork

Deviled Eggs


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Recipes


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