Columbus is a great barbecue town (for evidence, just look at all the legit contenders for the best-of title: runners-up Montgomery Inn and Hoggy's, along with Pig Iron, JP's, Hickory House, Cook Shack, Flatiron, Barley's Smokehouse, the list goes on). Local fans have a taste for the real deal - meat slow-smoked over hard wood until it falls off the bone - and they can thank longtime fave City Barbeque for spreading the pork gospel. If you must douse your 'cue in sauce (and you really don't have to here), City's got you covered, with house-made varieties like the kicked-up Brush Fire sauce and mustardy South Carolina style. And don't forget the sides - you can't leave without a helping of smoky Baked Beans with Brisket or sinfully rich Corn Pudding.
Runners-up: Montgomery Inn, Hoggy's