Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Newark – Review

by Alice Magdziak • November 16, 2012 • Essex, Food, Various and SundryComments (0)2280

Well, there’s no hockey at The Rock to see if you head down to Dinosaur BBQ right now, but it’s still worth the trip! It’s right outside Prudential Arena so that means right now there’s plenty of open parking if you’re going for dinner.  If the picture above doesn’t tell you all you need to know, I don’t know what will.

Just look at the smoke ring on those slices of brisket.  The barbeque fried rice up top and the spicy sauce and jalapenos in front.  What’s not to love?

Wanna see more BBQ porn?  Keep on reading!

Here’s the full plate from above.  You can order just one item or make up combination plates at Dinosaur BBQ and this is one of the combinations we tried.  Brisket, St. Louis ribs and BBQ pulled pork.  Dinosaur is a small chain from New York  and they really know how to cook meat.  Most of the BBQ items are pit smoked and you can see that the smoke rings are prevalent on many items.  That’s a really good sign of some quality barbecuing.   We couldn’t get enough!

I got the rib platter with macaroni and cheese and baked bean with pork. Everything comes with that yummy Honey Hush Cornbread you see up there, too.  The rib meat fell right off the bone and the Original BBQ sauce that came with them was good but I needed more heat.  Luckily, there are a few options already on the table waiting for you to add different tastes to your sauce. The mac and cheese was really homey and had a nice pepper-y kick.  The baked beans were outstanding.  They were creamy and lightly spicy with lots of rich meaty pork in there.

Here’s another plate we got. Half a chicken, apple-brined and then smoked, it came with the same BBQ sauce my ribs had.  The friend who ordered this meal thought the sauce was just right and didn’t need more heat like I did.  Typical sauce conversations at the table! These sides were the sweet potato mash with spicy walnuts and creamy cole slaw.  Dinosaur BBQ really has excellent sides.

Probably should have saved room for more meat, but we ordered this appetizer sampler because so many things on it sounded so good. Fried green tomatoes, chicken wings, salmon fritters and spicy deviled eggs.  I could have eaten this whole plate, they were all so good.

Gumbo! Have I mentioned yet that one of the sides you can get is gumbo??  Wow.  Spicy, hearty and wonderful.  A larger bowl of this as a meal and we still would have been happy.

They bottle their own sauce and have it at the tables.

If you’re headed into Newark to see a show at The Rock, or are just in the area or even just looking for good barbeque, here’s the place.

But, here’s what to look for when you’re on Market Street.

It’s really spacious inside.

They kept a lot of the historical features of the building intact.  Nice!  The building was constructed in 1890 and was originally Roehlich & Kohler Spirits & Fine Wines. Over the years, it has housed many types of businesses including a chandelier factory, a habadashery, a penny arcade and was a boxing club where Rubin “Hurricane” Carter trained. The original architectural features remain intact on the exterior and the restaurant showcases original tin ceilings and mosaic tile floors in the spirit of an old-timey Tap Room.

And, it doesn’t get much better than this…  New Jersey’s Own beer collection right on the menu.  Try Cricket Hill’s Hopnotic IPA for a quick buzz.  Whew, it wiped us out!

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

224 Market Street, Newark



Mon-Thurs 11:30 am to 11:00 pm

Fri & Sat 11:30 am to 12 am

Sun 12pm to 10pm


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