City BBQ - Columbus, Ohio
Credit: City BBQ

It may be a chain, but don’t let it fool you: City BBQ doesn’t mess around with their meat. Top quality cuts, hand-seasoned, and slow-smoked, City BBQ is the kind of joint where you don’t actually need sauce. And the upside of it being a chain? There are 23 different locations, so chances are you’ll stumble across at least one on your trip.

What to Order: The City Sampler, which includes brisket, pork, sausage, turkey, two sides, and Texas Toast. Make sure to choose their famous corn pudding for one of those sides.