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The only bad thing about giving someone a City Barbeque gift card is that, well, you’d kiiiinda rather keep it for yourself. To make it easier to actually give that gift, we’re giving you a $5 bonus card for every $30 in gift cards purchased through June 17, 2018*! That’s right: $5 in free ‘que, all for you, for buying a gift you needed to buy anyway. So when you’re shopping for your Mom (PSA: Mother’s Day is May 13), Dad (Father’s Day: June 17), or grad, stop in to City Barbeque and get your gift-giving on!

Here’s the fine print: *gift card sale runs 4/25/18-6/17/18. All offers valid on in-store gift card purchases only. NOT valid for online purchases. Bonus cards are redeemable on future purchases April 26–August 31, 2018 (up to two bonus cards can be used per check). Each bonus card is worth $5 toward any purchase, excluding alcoholic beverages. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used toward catering orders. No duplicate gift cards or bonus cards accepted. Bonus cards have no cash value. Gift recipients, rather than purchasers, will earn points on gift card purchases.

Baja Turkey Salad is back and we’re stoked!

Summer may be Barbeque Season, but it’s also the time of year when a fresh, healthy salad sounds sooo good. What’s a ‘que fan to do?

Come to City Barbeque and order up a Baja Turkey Salad! We start with a fresh spring mix and load it up with cukes, tomatoes, and a flavor-packed housemade corn salsa. Then we add the hot stuff: freshly fried tortilla strips and our award-winning smoked turkey. The whole thing gets topped off with our addictive chipotle ranch dressing and a lime wedge for some DIY seasoning.

Sound good? It’s great! The crisp veggies, the crunchy tortillas, the warm turkey, that salsa [heart eyes] But it’s only available for a limited time, so hightail it into your local joint and get your greens on!

Class of 2018: Congratulations on your graduation—and your upcoming graduation party! Our catering experts have literally thousands of grad parties under their belts, and we’d love to help you plan yours.

Want our folks to customize a spread, just for you? We’ll do it! Think you’d party best with a mac & cheese bar? You got it! We can drop off a buffet and get everything set up, or we can fully staff your event, leaving you to relax and enjoy the best barbeque in town. It’s all up to you! Just give us a call to get started (and to schedule your free catering tasting).

Prefer to pick up the spread yourself? No problem! Our Party Packs are perfect for shindigs of any size—just call ahead or order online, pick it up at your local joint, and set it up yourself for an A+ DIY party.

And since we’re total grad party experts, we’re also full of advice! Here are our top five graduation party tips:

  • You’ll be celebrating with folks all day, and it’s hard to hug someone when everyone’s hands are full. Be prepared with a Sandwich Pack and keep a hand free for high-fives!
  • Combo your celebration with folks in your graduating class! Going in on one big party means you won’t have to worry about guest list overlap (and everyone’s budgets will go a little further).
  • Don’t be afraid to delegate! Our catering staff can set up the buffet, serve your guests, and even clean up—all of which leaves you free to mingle!
  • Get ready to ace Party Planning 101: about a pound of meat for every three or four folks, and about five ounces of each side dish per person.
  • Folks will want to toast to your success, so be sure they’ve got bottles to clink! Having a case of old-fashioned sodas on hand makes it easier to down those well-deserved congrats with an ice-cold Cheerwine.

Congratulations again—we can’t wait to help you celebrate!

City Barbeque’s menu is always full of incredible ‘que, but we gotta admit that we sometimes play favorites. And lucky for us, two of our favorite limited-time items are back on April 4th!

We smoke a brisket for 18 hours, sauce it, shred it, and smoke it again for a taco unlike any you’ve ever had. These Double-Smoked Brisket Taqos are served on grilled flour tortillas, topped with homemade smoked corn, tomato, and chimichurri salsa, and come with a freshly charred jalapeño and house-pickled red onions on the side.

These taqos are smoked daily in small batches, and if we run out, it takes 20 hours for us to make more… and we always run out! Get here early, pick up three taqos for $9, and thank us later.

Looking for a greener take on a taqo? We’ve got just the thing! Our Baja Turkey Salad starts with our crisp spring mix, crunchy cukes, and ripe grape tomatoes. Then we add some of that smoked corn salsa, a bunch of freshly fried tortilla strips, and our national award–winning smoked turkey; the whole thing comes with our addictive homemade chipotle ranch and a wedge of lime. It’s like our Smokehouse Turkey Salad went on vacation… and, like a vacation, the Baja Turkey Salad can’t last forever. Get you one (or two, or ten) today!

NEW Baja Turkey salad is delicious, but only around for a limited time!

March 30, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio—Growing fast-casual barbeque brand City Barbeque has been named to QSR’s 2018 40 Under 40 list and honored as a TDn2K 2018 Global Best Practices Award nominee. City Barbeque continues to gain recognition as it grows; the brand currently operates 35 units but will end 2018 with 43 joints across six states.

City Barbeque was one only barbeque concept named to QSR’s annual 40 Under 40, a list dominated by salads, burgers, and international cuisine. QSR assessed the winning fast-casual 2.0 brands on a number of criteria: “chef-driven menus, premium hospitality, a focus on experience rather than value, enhanced beverage programs, high-quality ingredients, ambitions other than growth and profit, a collaborative spirit, and commitment to long-term relationships with stakeholders.” City Barbeque made the cut for its “legit barbecue credentials,” including its “house-smoked meats, scratch-made ingredients, and ‘backyard hospitality.’”

TDn2K, a benchmarking partner for the restaurant industry, nominated City Barbeque for a Best Practice Award alongside such distinguished peers as Olive Garden, Panera Bread, and The Wendy’s Company. Nominees were honored for excellence in their segment of the industry, and evaluated on criteria including community involvement, retention, sustainability, and year-over-year improvement.

“We’re proud of our teams and the work they do, day in and day out, to serve and create happiness. Being honored by these organizations is really a celebration of our teammates,” said City Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Malir. “And I can tell you they’re real excited to bring our authentic barbeque experience, backyard hospitality, and award-winning catering to more folks nationwide.” City Barbeque currently operates in eleven markets—Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta—and will enter Cleveland and Akron with two new restaurants this year. Also on the docket are five additional Chicago locations and another joint in the Atlanta area.

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
(614) 583-0999

About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves, and prioritizes giving back to local charities and nonprofits.

City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit

Here at City Barbeque, we like to say that we belong to our communities. A big part of that relationship is giving back, so we wanted to take a look at what we donated to local folks in 2017:

$7,042 donated to local charities in honor of our new restaurants
Every time we open a new joint, we ask the team at that location to help us choose a local charity, one with a cause they’re passionate about. We then donate 10% amount of our Grand Opening Celebration days sales to the joint’s chosen organization. With seven new store openings in 2017, we were able to donate $7,042 to seven amazing charities in Toledo, Ohio; Charlotte, Raleigh, and Huntersville, North Carolina; Decatur, Georgia; and Berwyn, Illinois. We’ve got eight new joints scheduled to open in 2018 and are so excited to partner with local folks doing great things for our communities!

$242,216 donated to community groups as part of our fundraiser program
Did you know that we love to help folks fundraise? Community groups, sports teams, you name it—we’re happy to help you raise funds with our “dine to donate”–style program. All you need to do to get in on this is fill out a fundraiser request form. Your request will go straight to the team at your local City Barbeque, where our folks will review it, let you know if the fundraiser is a go, and send you all you need to know about promoting your fundraising day. Then just gather your crew for some ‘que! For everyone you bring in to eat on your day, your charity or organization will get back 25% of those sales. Last year, we were able to give $242,216 back to local groups!

$35,715 in gift cards donated to community groups
Looking for another way to raise money for your group? We also provide food and gift card donations for silent auctions and the like. If you’re in need of some raffle items, just submit a request and, as long as this is available in our budget, we’d be so happy to help! Last year, we gave over $35,000 in gift card donations alone.

$147,810 in food donated to the community
We’re proud that each and every one of our joints works with Food Rescue, an organization that connects restaurants to food pantries and organizations to food-insecure families. We freeze surplus food at the end of each day, and every week, volunteers transport that frozen food to local pantries. Just like everything we serve, the smoked meats and homemade sides we donate are held to the highest standards, making them something we’re proud to put on the plates of folks in need!

We also help folks feed volunteers, help the local football team fuel up before the big game, and more. If you have a big group that needs fed, just submit a request. If we’re able to donate, we’d love to. We’re so proud that we were able to donate $147,810—the equivalent of about 14,000 meals—in 2017!

When you add it all up, we donated $432,783 in food and funds in 2017. That’s a lot, but we’re always looking for more opportunities to help! We’ll be opening eight new restaurants in 2018, which means eight new communities to serve and support with food donations, fundraisers, and more.

Giving back is central to our culture, and we’re so excited to keep these donation programs growing!