Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Worth a return

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
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Fresh Cut Fries
Fresh Cut Fries
Well salted and crispy, the fresh cut fries were the best of the sides we tried.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pork ribs
Pork ribs
A half slab of the St. Louis style ribs.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Peanut butter cup pie
Peanut butter cup pie
Dense and rich, the peanut butter pies begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese
Creamy and seasoned to make it slightly spicy, the mac & cheese makes a worthwhile side.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
Dinosaur's pulled pork comes with a minimum of sauce.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs
We enjoyed the mustardy deviled eggs, but $4.00 seems too much for three deviled eggs.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday12pm - 10pm
Monday11am - 11pm
Tuesday11am - 11pm
Wednesday11am - 11pm
Thursday11am - 11pm
Friday11am - 12am
Saturday11am - 12am
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 148 MILES | 3 hr 28 min

Of the many eating tours Roadfood.com has sponsored to delicious destinations around the U.S., one of the happiest was a restaurant crawl through Rochester and Buffalo, New York. Here are edible treasures found nowhere else and, of course, wings galore. This eating tour stays close to that tour's itinerary of favorite upstate Roadfood sources.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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