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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

99 Court St., Rochester, NY - (585) 325-3070
Posted By Marvin Nakashima on 4/19/2014 9:22:00 AM
This barbecue restaurant originated in Syracuse and currently has seven 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.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Pork ribs
Sweet potato/pecan pie
Peanut butter cup pie
Cajun corn
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A half slab of the St. Louis style ribs.
"A half slab of the St. Louis style ribs."
Cliff Strutz





Dense and rich, the peanut butter pies begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk.
"Dense and rich, the peanut butter pies begs to be eaten with a tall glass of milk."
Cliff Strutz


Well salted and crispy, the fresh cut fries were the best of the sides we tried.
"Well salted and crispy, the fresh cut fries were the best of the sides we tried."
Cliff Strutz


Dinosaur's pulled pork comes with a minimum of sauce.
"Dinosaur's pulled pork comes with a minimum of sauce."
Cliff Strutz


Creamy and seasoned to make it slightly spicy, the mac & cheese makes a worthwhile side.
"Creamy and seasoned to make it slightly spicy, the mac & cheese makes a worthwhile side."
Cliff Strutz


We enjoyed the mustardy deviled eggs, but $4.00 seems too much for three deviled eggs.
"We enjoyed the mustardy deviled eggs, but $4.00 seems too much for three deviled eggs."
Cliff Strutz



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