Long time fan of the Dinosaur. I eat lunch at the Syracuse location at least once a week..Crispy chicken sandwich on Wednesday is to die for. As much as people claim the quality has dropped, in the last fifteen years, I haven't noticed it. Sure, you get a dry rib or pulled pork sandwich once in a while, but that's why god invented BBQ sauce...and everybody complains about the wait for dinner (nobody goes there...its too crowded)...tip: go for lunch and get there before noon...
I have dined in Rochester and the original Harlem spot and had good food and service at both (Abigail was great to us in Harlem). I will hit Troy and the new Harlem spot for sure...(probably not going to make it to Connecticut or New Jersey anytime soon). I do have a concern that they are spreading themselves thin to keep up the quality but I haven't seen it as an issue in the three joints I have been to. The original partners had a great vision and John has done well to stick to it and spread it around without cheapening it.
There is a competitive joint in the Syracuse area that is an offshoot. They are OK, but unlike the Dino, you find frozen appetizer crap from Sysco on their menu just like any other place in town. Dino has never been like any another place in town.
post edited by Cosmos - 2012/04/22 22:30:23