Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Dinosaur bar-b-que syracuse.jpg
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que's Syracuse Location
Restaurant information
Established 1988 (1988)
Food type Barbecue
Street address 246 W. Willow St.
City Syracuse
County Onondaga County
State New York
Postal/ZIP code 13202
Country United States
Coordinates 43°03′09″N 76°09′17″W / 43.052490°N 76.154697°W / 43.052490; -76.154697Coordinates: 43°03′09″N 76°09′17″W / 43.052490°N 76.154697°W / 43.052490; -76.154697
Other locations Harlem, Brooklyn, Rochester, Troy, Newark, New Jersey, Buffalo, Stamford, Chicago, Baltimore
Website www.dinosaurbarbque.com
West Harlem restaurant

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a restaurant, blues venue, and biker bar chain located mostly in upstate New York with branches in New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Maryland.

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,[1] 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. On December 5, 2012, a 6th location was opened in Stamford, CT and in early 2013 a 7th location was opened in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.[2] An 8th location opened in Buffalo, NY in February 2014. In the spring of 2015 a location opened in Chicago.[3] The chain plans to open its 10th restaurant in late 2015 located in Baltimore.[4]

In 2001, a cookbook with many of the restaurant's recipes was published titled Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse.[5]

In March 2015, a New York City law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, claiming the chain systemically underpaid its tipped workers. The firm, Fitapelli & Schaffer, has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of workers at T.G.I. Friday's and Chipotle.[6]


Dinosaur BBQ sauces 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.[7]

In the media[edit]

  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9][10]
  • 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.[11]
  • On August 18, 2014, The Washington Business Journal reported that Dinosaur applied for a Maryland state liquor license with the intention to open a restaurant in Fell's Point, Baltimore.[12]


  1. ^ Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
  2. ^ "John Stage, CEO of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, eyes Buffalo for next location". Syracuse.com. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Stage, John (2001). Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 1-58008-265-3. 
  6. ^ "Law firm alleges Dinosaur Bar-B-Que cheats tipped workers out of wages". Albany Times-Union. 
  7. ^ [3]
  8. ^ "Coincidence or connection?". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Dinosaur Bar-B-Que voted America's best barbecue in ABC's "Good Morning America" poll". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  10. ^ Smaknews.com: The Leading Smack News Site on the Net
  11. ^ "'Man v. Food' at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Heid's in Liverpool". Syracuse.com. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  12. ^ First location in Mid-Atlantic -Washington Business Journal

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