Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Syracuse, NY
What you're getting: Tres Hombres (pork, brisket, ribs)
Some BBQ joints are acolytes of form and tradition, and will never, ever veer from the path set by their regional forefathers. Others name themselves after awesome giant cretaceous lizards, start as a biker shack, never grow out of it, and also have pretty good damn good ribs. “Dino” has given birth to outposts in Harlem, Brooklyn, Newark, and more, but the original in ‘Cuse is the one making this list, and only partially for the food. Weave through the Harleys, put your name down, wait outside, wait some more, grab your table, and prepare for the biker-chick waitress to plop down at your table and chat you up, and eventually, also take your order.