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Discovering Harlem: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Posted Jan 05 2013 8:37pm

So I decided to start a little mini-series of posts talking about some great places (both sites I've visited/seen on my runs, and restaurants) in our Hood - Harlem. I'm sure I'll also start writing about other great places on this 13 mile island, but I'm excited to first start sharing places in our neighborhood.

I think when most people think of Harlem, they envision the drug laden neighborhood of the 1970s. But that was 40 years ago. Harlem has re-emerged as a charming & diverse neighborhood full of history and character. Don't get me wrong, I still make sure I walk in well lit areas and am well aware of my surroundings when walking home alone. But I also make sure to do that everywhere in the city.

For better or worse (and there are justified arguments for both), the area is changing and there are great places popping up that are worth noting.

So without further adieu
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

This joint is located on 125th and 12th Avenue and has been in the neighborhood for around 9 years. You can read more about their history here .

Anand & I have been meaning to get to this place since we moved here. The stars finally aligned at the end of a 3 mile run. We were running from Grant's Tomb (more on that later), when we both heard our stomachs talking. And lo and behold, Riverside Drive led us straight to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. It was a sign, and we had to follow it. Forget that we still had to run the 2ish miles home.

The Bar 

As soon as we entered I knew it was going to be good - mainly because I could smell the deliciousness and I haven't been able to smell in 2 weeks because I've been sick.

Anand got a sampler of the meats (pulled pork, ribs, and brisket), while I got a 1/2 rack of ribs. The great (or not so great) part is that you get 2 sides and cornbread with every entree.

While I usually only like ribs that are so soft they'll fall right off the bone, which these ribs were not, the meat was very flavorful (again, I haven't been able to smell or taste in 2 weeks, so this was epic for me).  I didn't care too much for my sides - the soukatash and mac & cheese. But Anand's stewed greens and creole potatoes were awesome. Also, the brisket. Get the brisket!

Even though I didn't like my sides too much, this meal made me want to come back for more.

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