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Did you know that Syracuse, NY owns the title as the city with the largest annual snowfall in the U.S.? I did not know that, but I do now!! In fact, Syracuse is higher on the list than Anchorage, Alaska...amazing.


I've had the pleasure of spending two very snowy weeks in Syracuse. This town really loves their college basketball team. The Carrier Dome is part of the view out my hotel window. There have been three home games since I've been here. The roads are pact before and after each game. The Orange beat Duke on my first night in town. That crowd was in excess of 35,000. I've toured the campus during earlier (read warmer) visits. It's a very invigorating environment. They have a street that is full of cheap eats that cater to the college crowd. Cheap but very good!


This winter time visit had me investigating other dining options. I'm a sucker for good BBQ and Syracuse is home to Dinosaur BBQ. It's been in business for over 25 yrs and it is excellent. Unfortunately, I wasn't overly hungry so I couldn't quite handle everything on the menu, but I picked out the Tres Niños featuring brisket, ribs and pulled pork. For my two sides, I picked collard greens and coleslaw.


Let's start with the meats... The ribs were as good as any I've ever tried. Fantastic. The pulled pork was also excellent. The brisket was so so. The coleslaw had potential but had a flavor I couldn't identify. Now, the collard greens...they were something else!! Were they ever good!! The platter also comes with a nice portion of cornbread. It was an excellent accompaniment.


If you get to Syracuse, any season of the year, stop in at the Dinosaur BBQ.


By the way, the city is easy to navigate, close to the airport, and full of friendly New York State residents. I stayed in what was once a Renaissance but is now a Crowne Plaza...nice hotel.


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