I can be a creature of habit. At certain restaurants, I find something I like and have a hard time branching out. At Smashburger, it’s the BBQ Bacon Burger and Smash fries. At Sammy’s El Pueblo, it’s the Bourbon Burger. (Sensing a burger theme here aren’t you?) At Piada, it’s the Balsamic Chicken Salad.
You see, if I find something I love, and especially if I don’t get to that restaurant very often, I want those meals over and over again. I’ve been to Sammy’s about 20 times and I think I’ve only ordered something aside from the Bourbon burger maybe three times.
The same goes for City BBQ. Every time I go, I get the beef brisket with mac and cheese and fries. Every. Single. Time. Though one time I did order hush puppies instead of the fries. Wasn’t the same.
But when Samantha (a marketing manager for City BBQ) contacted me about meeting up and trying a few new items to their menu, I was all over it. A free lunch to expose me to items I’ve never tried at one of my favorite restaurants in Dayton? Uh, yeah. That was a no brainer.
First, she brought out some sides and set them on the table while she gathered the rest of the meal. It was all I could do to not shove the entire bowl of mac and cheese in my mouth while I waited for her to return.
I snapped a few pictures instead.
In addition to the mac and cheese, she ordered up some corn casserole. I had had this before (Jeff ordered it) and it’s pretty tasty!
Also on the menu was their green beans. I’m not a huge fan of green beans that aren’t oven roasted and slightly crispy, but these veggies were delicious.
Finally, she pointed out one dish I’d never tried before. The gumbo. I confessed to her I didn’t even know it was on the menu. She said she hears that a lot, but sure enough when I looked up at the sides board, it was listed plain as day. I loved it! Spicy with a little creole flair.
Next, she offered up their award winning roast turkey. I was very familiar with this turkey breast. I picked one up for my store’s Thanksgiving Day dinner last year AND convinced my friends and family to have one at each of our Thanksgiving Dinners as well! They are so quick and easy, it really is a great solution if you’re looking for a time saver on Thanksgiving.
Finally, she brought out the big guns.This, my friends, is the More Cowbell. Oh. My. God. I need to take a minute and remember this glorious, delectable morsel of food. My entire mouth just filled with saliva.
This sandwich quickly replaced the brisket sandwich as my favorite item at City BBQ. It’s like the beef brisket’s hot, sexy, leather wearing, motorcycle riding older brother. It’s a brisket sandwich topped with sauteed peppers and onions, provolone cheese, crispy onion straws and horseradish sauce on Texas toast. It is perfection. Definitely check this sandwich out the next time you’re near a City BBQ. You won’t be disappointed.
To entice you even further, Samantha generously donated some gift cards to me to giveaway to a few lucky readers! To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post and let me know what your favorite thing is to eat at City BBQ. Only one entry per person please. Visit my Facebook page for an additional chance to win a gift card!
Entry to this drawing will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 4th. Winners will be announced in my blog post on Friday, February 6th. Good luck!