99 Court Street
Rochester has been a buzz about barbeque. We just had another restaurant in the area open and have several scattered around the ‘burbs. I’m not surprised – we love char pits and plates, might as well love BBQ’s. Dinosaur in Rochester is located in an old train station and the funky atmosphere just fits. You can’t really have a BBQ joint in a strip mall! Another thing I just adore about Dinosaur, they don’t sing happy birthday. My kind of place to visit indeed!
I started with a Rohrbach Scotch Ale ($4.50) and my dining partner ordered up a CB Cream Porter ($4.50). Both were excellent tasting and had us primed and ready for dinner. You’ll notice the service is abrupt, but I am okay with that. I don’t need a server to be my new best friend, I just look for accuracy.
We decided since we both wanted ribs to order the Sweetheart Special. This includes a full rack of ribs and your choice of sides for $22.95. There is a list of 16 sides to choose from. We decided on fries, coleslaw, BBQ beans, and tomato cucumber salad. The meat was hot and saucy and for the most part the sides were tasty. The fries tasted old, but dipped in beans they were edible. Presentation was nil, but it WAS a plate of ribs. The sides are plopped into cardboard containers and you are given a few empties for your mess.
Visiting Dinosaur is one of those things you just do here. Decent food, fun atmosphere and a long wait if you come at the wrong time. They also have live bands on a regular basis to check out. While this may not be my first choice for dining out, I would visit again.
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