Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's Syracuse Location
|Current owner(s)||Rene de la Garrigue|
|State||New York & New Jersey|
|Other locations||Harlem, Rochester, Troy, Newark, New Jersey, Buffalo|
Opened in 1988 on Willow Street in downtown Syracuse, it specializes in authentic barbecue, using a wood-fueled barbecue pit. The restaurant markets its sauce, pulled pork, chili, and baked beans at local supermarkets, and at Wegmans, Fairway, D'Agostino's, Price Chopper, and Shaw's Supermarkets across the Northeast. Several additional locations have also been opened in Rochester, New York (in the old Lehigh Valley Railroad Station) in 1998, Harlem, New York City in 2004, and Troy, New York adjacent to the Hudson River in late 2010. In April 2012, a 5th location opened in Newark, NJ near the Prudential Center, home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the Big East Basketball Conference's Seton Hall Pirates. On December 5th, 2012, a 6th location was opened in Stamford, CT and in early 2013 a 7th location was opened in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. An 8th location opened in Buffalo, NY in February of 2014. Locations in Chicago and Baltimore are also planned.
In 2001, a cookbook with many of the restaurant's recipes was published titled Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse.
Dinosaur BBQ is famous for its array of award-winning sauces. These include all types of dry rubs, hot sauces, and of course BBQ sauces. These include: Sensuous Slathering Sauce, Roasted Garlic Honey BBQ, Mojito Marinade Dressing, Creole Honey Mustard Sauce, Garlic Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Devils Duel Pepper Sauce, Cajun Foreplay Spice Rub, Wango Tango Habanero BBQ Sauce. These can be purchased on their website, http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/store/1_bbqsauces
In the Media
In late November 2006, the Syracuse location was affected by the Norovirus and was closed for about a week until cleared to reopen by county health inspectors. Hundreds of customers and employees were affected. It is unclear how the virus materialized. Onondaga County health inspectors have not found fault on the part of the restaurant. In fact, they applauded the restaurant for its cooperation and resolve.
Best Bar B Que Joint award
In May 2009 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was voted America's best barbecue in ABC's "Good Morning America" poll. Approximately 4000 out of the 7500 participants in the poll chose Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, beating out entrants from across the United States.
Man v. Food
Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, took the show to Syracuse, New York (season 3, episode 13) on June 8, 2010. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was the first stop for Richman, who tried the restaurant's "Pork-Sket" sandwich (which features 1/2-pound each of brisket and pulled pork). It was first broadcast on the Travel Channel on September 1, 2010.
Coming to Baltimore
On August 18, 2014, The Washington Business Journal reported that the Dinosaur applied for a Maryland state liquor license with the intention to open a restaurant in the Fells Point area of Baltimore.
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Syracuse BBQ store picture () Buffalo BBQ store picture [( http://bcdownload.gannett.edgesuite.net/wgrz/34300055001/34300055001_1738392727001_vs-5004dd6a787eb0e4fcb4a8ee-1592194047001.jpg?pubId=34300055001 Sauces: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/store/1_bbqsauces History of sauces: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/history/