Holy Smoke BBQ (North Market), Columbus, OH

North Market in Columbus has an overwhelming selection of food choices when you’re hungry for lunch. For those familiar with the first floor of Kerrytown Shops in Ann Arbor, North Market is similar, but on a much larger scale. We took an out of town friend here on this visit so I showed her the ropes of how to choose where to eat: always make a loop around the whole market before making a final decision so you don’t miss anything. On this day both my husband and I decided I wanted to try out Holy Smoke BBQ while our friend settled on Indian. The three of us took our food up to the second floor to find a table to enjoy our goods.

I had ordered a beef brisket sandwich which I topped with their sweet barbecue sauce and a side of coleslaw (they had already sold out of their potato salad by the time we ordered at 1pm). The beef had been smoked for more than 15 hours and was very tender. It’s served in a deliciously soft hoagie-type roll. The coleslaw was fine, but nothing to write home about. My husband had also ordered the beef brisket sandwich, but went with the baked beans for the side. They were alright, but a bit on the vinegary side. It seems that Holy Smoke’s talent lies mostly with the meat based on this experience. Maybe their potato salad is an exception since it sold out so early in the day.

I’d give this place a try on another visit. Their BBQ is not the best I’ve had, but the brisket was pretty tasty. I’d like to try the potato salad on the next visit to see if that changes my opinion of the sides.