Monday, June 11, 2012
City Barbeque (Avon, IN)
9116 Rockville Road, Avon, IN 46234, T: 317-454-8233
City Barbeque is a chain of BBQ restaurants, based in Ohio, which mainly has branches in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton. Recently they also opened two place in Indianapolis; one in Greenwood in the south, and one in Avon in the West. The first time I went, the line stretched all the way outside, and I was too hungry to wait. I was curious enough to return a couple of day later, however. So many Hoosiers couldn't be wrong, right?
They have a fairly extensive menu, which includes a couple of samplers. As I was both curious and hungry, I ordered the City Sampler ($15.99), which includes brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, Texas toast, and two sides. The brisket was chunky and fairly dry, the pulled pork incredibly tender, the sausage snappy and flavorful, the turkey tender (but without much taste), and the toast a bit too chunky. As sides I chose fries, which were very tasty but a bit saggy that day, and slaw, which is light and vinegar-based (no mayo). Overall, it was pretty good, particularly for a BBQ place in the Midwest, but I felt that i hadn't made the best choice, so I returned a couple of weeks later and ordered the North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich with two sides. The sandwich was great - I will probably opt for the regular PP sandwich next time though, as the meat is too good to mix up with slaw - and this time the fries were crunchy. I also had the summer special, Cukes 'n Onions, which was delicious.
City Barbeque is easily one of the best bbq places around Indy, but you have to choose wisely to have a great experience. The pulled pork sandwich with fries and slaw or cukes 'n onions are a win!