What was I doing in Syracuse NY on a work day? Working a booth at a trade show. That is me in the blue shirt doing a CAD demo.
We trudged around for another half hour. We decided to bag it, and head back to the hotel and hit the bar there. My boss said lets at least get a drink at the martini bar, he liked the interior design of the place. When we got to the same intersection I once again smelled BBQ. Like before my boss didn't smell it. The bartender recognized we were from Boston by our accents and started talking to us. This place was strictly a bar, so I asked her about the smell of que at the corner. She was amazed I could smell it because there was a place, but it was about 6 blocks away.
She said it is called Dinosaur BBQ and was a biker/blues bar that was supposed to have great barbecue. She gave us directions and it was a very long walk. When I finally saw the place I recognized it from a blog entry Steven Raichlen made on his BBQ Bible web site on August 7 of that same year. He really liked the place and said it was some of the best que in the country.
What an interesting place!!! There were some people in biker duds, college aged kids, people in suits and families all peacefully enjoying BBQ. We had an hours wait but it was worth it-we simply had some drafts and took in the ambiance. Once seated, we tried to have a little bit of everything and it was great!! I may have had better individual items here or there, but I have never been to a place where everything I tried was consistently that good. Overall it was the best que I've had.
What a turn of events. We went from what looked like a dining disaster and a miserable experience to one of the best meals and most entertaining evening either of us has had in a long time. All on the strength of my nose. My boss enjoyed it so much he bought us T-shirts to commemorate the event, So if any of you are passing through Syracuse definitely check out the Dinosaur Bar-b-Que. They have location in Rochester and Harlem too, but we were told by several people that the Syracuse location is the best.
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