Cleveland’s expansive culinary scene forgets no cuisine, and that includes finger-lickin’ barbecue. From ribs to chicken and pork to brisket, these restaurants are Cleveland’s barbecue favorites.
Hot Sauce Williams
7815 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Located in an unmistakable blue building with pink trim, Hot Sauce Williams is a well-known Cleveland barbecue restaurant that specializes in soul food and barbecue. The landmark eatery was featured on Food Network’s “No Reservations” with Anthony Bordain in 2009. The menu features classic barbecue items such as po-boy sandwiches, barbecued ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and everything else soul. Barbecued items are slow-smoked in the restaurant’s huge smoker to make them extra tender. Hot Sauce Williams is open Sunday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 4 a.m.
820 Center Road
Avon, OH 44011
Located about 20 minutes from downtown, Bubba’s Q is a locally owned restaurant in Avon. The interior of the place is Southern-inspired and comfortable, with a warm atmosphere and casual feel. The menu includes both dry-rubbed and sticky-sauced barbecued ribs, chicken, smoked pork, turkey, beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches complete with smoky sauce and cool coleslaw. Fried corn, macaroni and cheese, green beans, collard greens and sweet potatoes are available as sides. Bubba’s Q is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
5975 Canal Road
Valley View, OH 44125
Located just minutes from downtown Cleveland in Valley View, Hoggy’s is a Texas-style barbecue restaurant that was founded in 1991. A relaxed, fun, Texas-style atmosphere and award-winning barbecue that is slow-smoked and slathered in sweet, smoky, secret-recipe barbecue sauce are among Hoggy’s notable highlights. Hoggy’s menu features pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, bone-in chicken, steak, fish and even chicken wings alongside sides like homemade macaroni and cheese, chili, corn bread, coleslaw and house-made baked beans. Weekly live music makes Hoggy’s a fun place to get saucy, too. Head in on the weekends for music and home-style food, but don’t forget to stock up on napkins. Hoggy’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.