Red Rock Downtown BBQ fills stomachs with hearty Southern specialties including pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches, spare ribs, and cavatappi macaroni and cheese smothered in blue cheese, chicken, and hot sauce. When not noshing, guests can return on Mondays for craft beer samples and on Tuesdays for trivia games and $2 drink specials.
Every day, the team at Kensington Grill fires up the smoker at 5 a.m., ensuring that by the time diners arrive, they've cooked the meat slow and low. Mopped with secret-recipe sauces and served with housemade sides, barbecue is at the center of the menu, from St. Louis–style ribs to Texas-style beef brisket and the 800 miles of snacks in between. Diners can pair burgers, sandwiches, and barbecue with a variety of ice-cold beers, choosing from 14 drafts or more than 20 types of locally made beers in bottles.
The chefs at Chic-N-Ribs by Miles roast, broast, and barbecue all manner of bird and beef in homemade batters and sauces. Get on the chef’s good side by ordering the house specialty, a half broasted chicken lightly dusted with batter and cooked under high pressure to seal in scrumptious juices and expunge unsavory grease ($7.99). Rotisserie ribs sail onto salvers cloaked in homemade sauce ($9.95+) alongside jumbo shrimp dinners ($14.95) plucked from Poseidon’s windowsill. Sandwiches include the rolled pork shoulder, which trundles up to tables on homemade garlic bread with an entourage of coleslaw and fresh-cut Idaho potatoes ($5.99).
The grilling gurus at Ginopolis pile platters with smoky barbecue standards and specialties including racks of ribs and southern-style sandwiches. Cincinnati’s world-renowned Montgomery Inn barbecue ribs, basted with Rib’s King sauce, constitute the menu’s main event because of the tender, tangy tastiness and show-stopping fire-baton routine. Ribs arrive in half slab ($18.99) or full slab ($24.99) variations accompanied by sides ranging from creamy coleslaw to smashed sweet potatoes. The eatery’s selection of sandwiches includes the pulled-chicken sandwich, in which farm-raised chicken, cheddar cheese, and spicy onion straws nestle on artisan brioche or texas toast ($8.99). Meals end on a happy note thanks to the distribution of tuning forks and desserts such as warm bread pudding soaked in whiskey ($4.99).
Catapulting slow-cooked meat into the jaws of backyard partygoers and sauce-spotted diners, Real BarBQ boasts five house sauces along with reliably smoky general and catering menus. Classic eats such as a pulled-pork sandwich ($5.99) or a whole smoked barbecue chicken ($8.99) those who opt to dine in at either location. Partying carnivores can put in a catering request for a combo such as the Real’s smoking combo ($10.99 / person), which includes a choice of two meats and a cornucopia of sides, or Real’s cowboy dinner ($12.99 / person), featuring brisket, ribs, and peppery smoked sausage. On the takeout menu, ribs come in 50- ($72.99) or 100-piece ($140.99) orders, each with enough extra barbecue sauce to grease up the Slip-'n'-Slide for an afternoon’s worth of open-mouthed dives.