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.