The Syracuse, NY-based BBQ chain has it’s first New Jersey location, right next to the Prudential Center in Downtown Newark. Dinosaur is a bustling spot with a big bar scene and two large dining rooms. Reservations are a must before or after any event at the Rock.
For me, the sides I tried – hushpuppies, mac & cheese, turkey neck greens – outshine the barbecue (pork ribs, Texas brisket), which was OK, not spectacular. Not a lot of flavor in the meat itself, under the branded BBQ sauce. The extensive, TGI-Friday-ish menu includes fried green tomatoes, the “Big Ass Pork Plate,” barbecue chicken, and everything BBQ in a sandwich.
It’s a fun place to eat, though, with a very good beer list and some enthusiastic servers.