Best Of 2022

Best Barbecue in a Former Jail

Local couple Paul Montgomery and Christina Goehrig opened Pig Candy BBQ in California, Ohio, in spring of 2021, right near Dead Low Brewing and the Lunken Airport bike path. The building in which their eatery sits was built in 1913 and served as the local jail for many decades. Far from being creepy, the 9-foot ceilings in the basement, where the police horses were kept, provided enough space for a commercial kitchen. The couple helped restore the structure by uncovering the floors, exposing the original brick and putting the metal black-framed windows back in. One could say their craft barbecue is so good it’s criminal.