Tantalizing tastes

. September 20, 2012.

City Barbeque
15033 Flag City Dr.

Recently we walked into one of Findlay’s finest-smelling restaurants – sweet, smoky, with just a hint of heat. Our olfactory senses were tickled even before opening the door at City Barbeque, which recently
celebrated its fifth year in Findlay.

Once inside we all inhaled the barbeque goodness. Even me, the family vegetarian, could appreciate the heady aroma.

At City Barbeque you order at the counter, get your drinks and then your meal is delivered to the table. The rustic wooden booths and long, family-style tables all had extra barbeque sauce at the ready. And, in a nod to barbeque’s tendency to be a bit messy, the napkins were actually rolls of paper towels. Take a little, take a lot – no judgment here.

Clean plates

I ordered a garden salad ($5.99). Other vegetarian options on the menu include macaroni and cheese and side dishes including the smashed potatoes and vinegar slaw. However, the star of this restaurant is the barbecue. My husband ordered a pulled pork platter ($8.78), my oldest ordered a smoked chicken sandwich ($5.99) and my youngest ordered the pork lunch plate ($6.69). They also ordered a half slab of ribs to share ($10.49). The restaurant offers a children’s menu with a choice of sandwich, mac and cheese or chicken tenders.

The ribs were St. Louis-style, meaning it’s not a fall-off-the-bone tenderness. I wasn’t sure if my daughters would want to gnaw on ribs, but I was wrong. My oldest, arguably the princess of the group, took a bite, smiled and said “I’m going to have to clean my face, but I don’t care.”

The short course:
Kid friendly? Yes
To avoid wait: Pick
off-peak times
Noise level: Fine
Bathroom amenities: Fine
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes
Kids’ menu? Yes
Anything healthy for the kids? Side options include salad and applesauce
Food allergy concerns? As always ask