Before my vegetarian days I was fortunate enough to experience some Dinosaur Bar-B-Que catering at my Western NY college. Dinosaur has a stellar barbecue reputation, and rightfully so. Their pulled pork sandwiches will make anyone’s mouth water. While I’m a vegetarian now, I still extend a sincere welcome to the newest Dinosaur store located at 377 River Street in Troy.
Rumors about a Troy Dinosaur circulated before the opening was officially announced in August 2009. Local media has covered the topic (The Times Union’s take and YNN’s opening coverage) and the opening has been highly anticipated by the public. If you think it’s a little strange for a barbecue joint to be opening in November, you’re right. It was originally supposed to open this summer but was delayed, hence an even higher amount of anticipation.
Diosaur Bar-B-Que started in Syracuse and expanded into Rochester and NYC. Dinosaur caters a LOT of events in Central and Western NY, and I think it’s fair to say that the people that live in these areas find it a source of pride. As Dinosaur popularity has grown (they catered my friend’s wedding in August) they have started selling some of their spices and rubs. These items have been available in the Capital Region for some time, but now the real thing is here, so I would suggest going to give it a try for yourself.
If and when you go, expect traditional, simple barbecue that tastes amazing. They don’t really have a huge menu, and the items are home cooking basics, but that’s what gives the restaurant its appeal. Whether it’s pork, chicken, or beef; it’s simple, it’s good, and it’s smothered in barbecue sauce.
And for my veggie friends, going here with your carnivore pals is taking a hit for the team. It’s a barbecue, you are likely to leave a little hungry. They do have some stuff to hit up though: mac ‘n cheese, fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs, salads, etc. Sides, but they are good. And you can waft the odors of your friend’s pulled pork. 🙂
*UPDATE* Chris and I went Nov. 22, purposefully in between lunch and dinner to avoid the crowd. We had a cute corner seat overlooking the river while the sun set. And of course, the food was great. Chris rocked some pulled pork, I got fried green tomatoes and a side of mac ‘n cheese (which was delicious…tasted like it had creole seasoning in it), and we shared an app of deviled eggs, which were easily the best I ever had. If you can walk into this restaurant and not immediately drool, due to the overwhelming BBQ smell, then you might need to check your pulse.