Great Barbecue in Knox County Ohio

We’ve been meaning to write about this for a while now, but time just seemed to slip away recently.   We had a very busy holiday season at the inn and have been hard at work at the inn refreshing our guest house rooms.    But a visit yesterday to this restaurant for a birthday party reminded us we hadn’t shared this gem with our guests.   So we’re about to remedy that oversight.  

Grillers Restaurant opened early last fall in the small town of Howard, Ohio, less than ten minutes drive from The White Oak Inn.    I know when you think of barbecue, you don’t usually think of central Ohio, but this is the real deal.   Owner Sean uses a wood-fired smoker to produce tender, moist and delicious cuts of meat.    He’s out there in the cold and snow five days a week keeping things going.  He offers pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef or brisket sandwiches and 1/4 chicken dinners.    French fries are made fresh for each order – and they’re just the way I like them – plain and unadulterated.   There’s a good selection of side dishes including pasta salad, green beans and a great coleslaw.     Sean’s wife Natalie is in charge of side dishes and desserts.  Her home-made desserts – a coconut cream cake and a Ho Ho Cake are simply delicious.

Portions of everything are generous in size and you can’t beat the price.  Grillers also has a limited offering of hard liquor drinks and a good selection of beers.   But be aware – right now they don’t take credit cards, so bring along cash.   Open Wednesday to Sundays for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday.  

Yvonne Martin
Innkeeper White Oak Inn

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