Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/locations/troy/
  • Phone: 5183080400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday 4:30pm-10:00pm; Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: 1. Full Service
    2. Drop off w/ servers
    3. Drop off
    4. Take out
  • Private Party Facilities: Two private party spaces available that accommodate 10 to 50 guests. Offering Buffet or Family Style service in true Dino style featuring our award winning Southern-style pit smoked BBQ.
  • Private Party Contact: Patti Nealon, Catering Manager or Michaela Hems, C 5183080401

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of Columbia students.

The Food
Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)scenic view (35)great for outdoor dining (28)hot spot (26)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (21)fit for foodies (20)kid-friendly (20)neighborhood gem (17)special occasion (16)late-night find (12)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We are never disappointed with the food, atmosphere or service here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinosaur BBQ YUMMY!!
    Ingie15
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was good, ribs tender, chicken not dry, enjoyed the staff, and the view of the river.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinosaur meat is good!!!!
    Lover
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was actually a really great night out with the lady. We set near a window that overlooked the Hudson, and I love the decor of the entire restaurant. I love the portions even more....my girl ordered the half rack of ribs which looked as if they came from the side of T-Rex (no pun intended). I would of just question the lack of intention we received early on from the employees, but overall they were still nice. I live in the Chicagoland area, so I can't wait till the new opening out here. MMMMMM............
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Slow service but food is so good. I had coworkers in from out of town so I wanted to bring them somewhere different, fun and delicious. We definitely accomplished that goal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • why?
    goldilocks420
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    the service was excellent, however, the food was awful. i expected real bbq favor and some southern cooking. instead my taste buds were assaulted with grease and an icky taste. the fried green tomatoes were nothing but deep fried batter and soggy. the ribs were so dry i needed a knife to try and pry the meat off the bone. overall it was not a good experience and i will never return. sorry.
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  • Delectable eats in Troy, NY!
    DelishBBQ
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for my husband's birthday dinner and it exceeded our expectations. Our kids had a great time too! Excellent friendly service and amazingly delicious food and drinks! Can't wait to go back and bring family and friends! Thanks for a great time and dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Awesome food as always. We came back after a couple of years (we are now living abroad) and it didn't disappoint at all. Everything were just as good as we remember and better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what the birthday boy wanted
    Chiefforaday
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My family went to Dinosaur-B-Que-Troy to celebrate my sons birthday. The food was excellent and atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. The staff was friendly and set the tone for a relaxing good meal. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would come back just for shrimp!
    LaraLooLoo
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My husband and I had a great meal. Started off with a strawberry jalapeno mojito, We had the fried green tomatoes, never had them before, we got the small order just to try and enjoyed them. Then we got a small order of their drunken shrimp......to be honest, I could've eaten a bucket of those with a cold beer and would have been very happy. I will go back for the shrimp alone!!! We also shared an order of ribs with a few sides. The ribs were good, different from the flavor I am used to.but the quality was excellent. To tell you the truth there is so much on the menu, I would want to try something else next time anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service undercooked food
    luvs2eatgood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved the service and over all hospitality of the restaurant i ordered the pulled.pork platter and my wife did also. It was.undercooked.and when.we returned it came.back to over cooked. We told our server but nothing was done
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ribs and outdoor seating
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Rib were very meaty and tasty.Sides and dessert was just ok.Outdoor dining is undercover but I didn't like the picnic table setup and only other option was high table seating.It would be nice if they put in low tables and chairs outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time BBQ Lover!
    FlavorQueen
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We made a reservation through Open Table for 5 people at 6:45pm. Making the reservation was so easy! We arrived promptly at 6:45 and were taken right to our table. The service was excellent and attentive but not intrusive. The food was fabulous. We all ordered something different so we got to taste everybody else's food. We ordered Wings and Fried Green Tomatoes. The wings were delicious. I think they were called Wango Tango or something like that. They were big and meaty with good heat and flavor. The Fried green Tomatoes were the only disappointment. The coating was so hard and the inside was just mush. There was no tomato flavor at all. Everything else was great. Ribs, Pulled Pork, Mac n Cheese and Brisket!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You Gotta Go!
    FriendsofAnnickDesign
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Picked up our friends at Albany Airport (from Virginia) Drove to Troy to shop and see the historic downtown area. Used online booking for an early dinner reservation for 7. First time there for 5 of us. Food and service excellent. They even called to confirm the online reservation. My friends all posted their likes and checkins on Facebook. A great kick off for the 4th of July holiday visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Worth Trying!
    TravelwithCookie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First & last visit to Joe's Crab Shack in Latham NY in July 2014. There was 1 item on the menu that was available & not laden in preservatives; harmful chemicals; or laden with cheese or deep fried.We chose this sole option and due to the diners that sat across from us and warned us that they hoped our dining experience would be better than theirs, we decided to split a $17.00 "lobster" cobb salad. Sadly, the waitress offered a vacant gaze and came equipped with a bowl...no plates, or utensils to divi up this rabbit food . No ingredients in this bowl resembled a cobb salad. It truly was a bowl of romaine and 4 cherry tomatoes and 1 ounce of lobster flakes. To say it was a sad disappointment, was an understatement! Never Again.
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  • Great service & Food
    Vermonter
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    great experience , order apps and meals and food arrived in record time in a perfectly timed manor. already have recommend to friends ! love the pulled pork and Shrimp are to die for !! and the waitress was awesome as well !! I will be going back to troy for this restaurant !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great BBQ
    ElBBQ
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Went with a group of nine. I made reservations online and the table was ready and waiting when we arrived. Food was great, fun atmosphere, quick service. I will definitely make this a go to place to visit when I am in the area!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The experience was great!
    RxSteve
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Good Food, Good Service and great decor! We three dined out on June 17th. The wait was managable and it was well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bambino
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Overpriced and average. My son took me out for Father's Day. It took a little while for our server to get to us. Both of us ordered appetizers. I ordered the sausage, cheese, and crackers. Very skimpy. This is suppose to be the place for ribs. My son ordered a 3/4 rack and I ordered a 1/2 rack. Mine were OK. Not very meaty and a little dry and my son's were a little fatty. He could not eat two of the ribs because there was so much fat. The bills was $83.00 and with the tip he spent almost a $100 for 2 people. Had a much better experience at the Rib Shack. Overrated!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Table Lost my reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Great Place to eat, But open table did not set up my reservation. had to wait an hour to get a table. very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Bar-B-Q
    anniversarydiner
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    You know what you are going to get when you go Dinosaur! Relaxed atmosphere with Rock music in the background. Servers always pleasant and efficient. And of course, fine Bar-B-Q smoked on their outside smoker. My wife had had a salmon platter which she very much enjoyed. My son had the tres hombres platter of beef brisket, pulled pork and ribs, which he raved over. I had a combo plate of ribs and pulled pork. Again, they were great. An extensive beer list topped off the casual night out in fine style.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love dinosaur
    AnnieB
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I forgot how much I love a good BBQ! The chicken wings were so good , we ordered again! Wait staff was spot on!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • literally my favorite place EVER
    misodojo
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I love Dinosaur BBQ. I have never eaten something there that I didn't like. LITERALLY EVERYTHING THERE IS DELICIOUS. I really like the Troy location for it's deck, view, parking, layout, etc. One of the best things about Dino is that no matter what you order, your food will be at your table quite quickly. Not only will it get there fast, it will be the GREATEST THING YOU WILL EVER PUT IN YOUR FACE!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't be back
    AlwayzOut
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Dined here before the food wasn't too bad, but this most recent visit the food just seems to be getting worse. Received more fat than meat! For cost of everything it just wasn't worth it at all. I'd much rather take my money else where.
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  • Great fun place
    SisterofGibbs
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I've never been before but this place was great. It was good prices for the amount of food that you receive. The restaurant was a bit loud but that fits with the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over booked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Had reservation but it took a half hour to be seated would have taken longer but another large party didn't show. Food was good waiter was excellent. Hostess was a little rude.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Have returned many times and this place never disappoints, really great food, good prices. Always a delight. Best during the week to avoid huge crowds.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-Mother's Day Dinner with Family
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We had a terrific meal! I'm the only BBQ lover in the family, but hubby and kids found food they loved - smoked turkey, mac and cheese, burgers. I paired salmon and ribs - oh my - DELICIOUS! I'm having leftovers tonight!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    GoodEatz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I took my b-friend here for his birthday along with his parents- we ordered a bucket of coronas and each had a different type of BBQ- ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and a burger. overall it was a fun time great atmosphere. I will be going back to enjoy some more beer and BBQ!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 207 reviews are from the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Troy reviews archive.
  • Going down hill fast
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Rachel provided the worst service I ever had last visit. No one else, including the bartender would step up. I had to find someone to pay, I had to pack my food to go after noticing the carry out implements, and she never returned. She did not deliver the food, I have NOTHING good to say about her. The food, my ribs arrived burned. I am going to the roadhouse next time I need a BBQ fix, Dino BBQ frankly has stunk the last several visits I used to visit every week, I will not be back for a long while. Food is over priced, over cooked, and they do not seem to care about service. Run from this place.
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  • Excellent
    Luv2EatAndDrink
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great food and great service. Our group of eight had a great time and we can't wait to go back! Just wish there was one further north, so we could go more often! ;)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't quite live up to the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I couldn't wait to try this place because I heard so many raving reviews from friends and family. What a better way to try this for the first time than at a dinner buffet for Easter? The ham and turkey was outstanding. Juicy & fresh sliced, what more could I ask? Now the ribs, yes they fell right off the bone, but I found them very bland. I tried every sauce that was laid before me, but overall, not impressed. Since BBQ is their thing, I expected a to-die-for flavor. Dessert: now we're talking! Brownies-delicious. Chocolate mousse pie-delicious. The atmosphere was casual, relaxed and friendly. So overall it was a nice dining experience, but I've had better BBQ from other local establishments.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BBQ!
    Kelly
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food was great- right down to the devilled eggs! I would definitely recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetheribs
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great ribs! Cole slaw was tasty, but had huge chunks in it. Wished corn bread was more down home, not cafeteria-like. Rice was great! Need larger plates, or a side plate to put ribs on. Great ambience!
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    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food! Great Price!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    It is often hard to find good BBQ anywhere and the Capital Region is no exception. If you are looking for great BBQ and I mean "slap your mama" good, then I highly recommend this place. The food came out super quick and with the large amount of seating in the place the wait usually isn't that bad either. In fact, just talking about it has my mouth watering. ;)
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  • Still best BBQ in Capital Region
    Hort
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Everything is delicious, not over salted and portion size is healthy. The sides are excellent too ( don't pass on the collards) and best Fried Green Tomatoes anywhere (although very pricey for only 5 slices it was $8.95?). Pork, chicken or beef, all the entrees are absolutely delicious and authentic. They were out of several bar/ beverage ingredients during our visit including iced tea (are you kidding me?) and the sangria was the only disappointment of the evening. Do not skip dessert as they are bargains, very tasty and fun to share. If you want great BBQ in the Capital region this is the place to park!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dino never fails!
    NYMJVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Dino in Troy (and Syracuse) has always been consistently good food. The major advantage with Troy Dino is the ability to make a reservation on Open Table. Would love it if Syracuse Dino used Open Table.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girl at front desk
    FoodfanVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    There is a black hair, spacy, girl who seats you when you arrive. She can never do her job right. You make a reservation on opentable, tell her your name, and she does not show you checked in. Not the first time, and there wasn't even a lot of customers. Guess she was too busy eating for all that thinking. Spacy is the best way I can describe her.they need to fix this....she has been there too long for this behavior.
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  • Drop off the bone
    reluctantcarnivore
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    That's how tender the BBQ ribbons were at Dinosaur. Meats we sampled were all outstanding. The place was packed even on a Sunday night, though there was only minimal wait before being seated. The side portions are not large, but the sides are very good. I recommend Harlem potato salad in particular. They have a large selection of beers on tap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best place
    vinny
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    it was my first time here. I loved it. Food was very good and filling. a little pricey but its worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome in Troy
    KCMOFoodie15VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We are from Kansas City so looking for great BBQ in Troy NY sounded like a challenge. Boy were we wrong. Dinosaur was amazing. Meats were terrific but sides were out of this world. Try the sweet potatoes and collard greens. Then as difficult as it will be, save room for the homemade key lime pie. Absolute food heaven. Not to be missed on any trip to the NY capital region.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.