I’ve been in love with Dinosaur Bar-B-Que ever since Stephanie and Leah introduced me to the place more than 8 years ago, and whenever we’re meeting for a night out in Brooklyn, the first stop is almost always bound to be the Dinosaur.
At the heart of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que lies a commitment to fresh, homemade, and high-quality ingredients, where the tradition of Southern BBQ takes center stage. Dinosaur has also built a devoted community of patrons, and Leah and Stephanie have both told me how they used to order take-out from Dinosaur during the pandemic, because they wanted to support the restaurant and make sure the restaurant didn’t close.
I have no idea how Dinosaur Bar-B-Que got its name, but one could easily think it’s from the portion sizes, which are huge. When Leah, Steph and I go to Dinosaur, we usually order the 3 meats combo, which come with 2 sides, and which is enough for three people, but we would nonetheless end up ordering extra beef brisket, because it’s so freaking good, plus a couple of extra sides, because deciding on just two sides is impossible. The ribs are also very good, and the full rack (12 ribs) comes with 4 sides, so if you’re into sides and if you like ribs, that combo is also a good choice.
What to order at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que?
The beef brisket is amazing. It’s juicy and tender and something you definitely don’t want to miss. The ribs are also good and so are the chicken, and the pulled pork, but what really stands out is the beef brisket.
If you’re into fried green tomatoes, you might also consider ordering those as an appetizers. While the ones at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que aren’t the best I’ve ever had, they’re decent, and it’s nice to start out with something less heavy to counterbalance the following meat feast.
Regarding the sides, it very much comes down to personal preferences. When we’re at the Dinosaur, we try to stir it up a bit, but mac and cheese and potato salad are usually among the sides we end up ordering.
If there’s room for dessert, the Peanut Butter Pie is a good, though rather heavy choice, but you can always share with the rest of the table or bring the leftovers home.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a big restaurant and they also got outdoor seating, but the place is busy on most nights so I would recommend booking a table in advance, especially on weekends, if you want to have a saying regarding your preferred seating.