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Local cuisine, American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
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Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar, Barbecue
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Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews cornbread pulled pork ribs mac and cheese chicken casserole cheesecake sandwich green beans smoke house barbecue sauce melt in your mouth smokehouse sides leslie tender combo
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Service was excellent! The waitress understood we had a bit of a time crunch and she accommodated us with a smile! She also knowledgeably explained the menu so we could make the right choices. The baby back ribs were as advertised by the server: delicious,...tender, and falling off the bone. And the side dishes were also very tasty! We look forward to dining there again?More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worst experience ever. This was our second choice for dinner in a town we were visiting as first choice had an hour wait and Tecumseh started at 8. It was 6. So we were immediately seated and took about 5 minutes or so to decide....At 6;42 our friendly waiter told us the kitchen had dropped our food and was going to be remade. (Thanks for not giving us floor food). I explained we had tickets to Tecumseh so we were on a tight schedule. He said it should only take 10 minutes. Since we had waited over 30 we were hopeful but skeptical. At 6:55 my husband went to inquire after seeing food taken to other tables. Still not ready so we paid for our tea and left. A few suggestions for management. Manager should have handled this. Not the waiter. The waiter knew we were sharing our dinners. Did both plates get dropped? If not let us eat on one. Was one of them going to be cold when we got the second one otherwise? We got no apology. No offer of anything to amend the situation. Our food should have been a priority considering how long we had sat there. So I hope the manager reads thisMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 14, 2022

I'd heard a lot about this barbecue spot on a Facebook travel group, and on a recent "best of Chillicothe" day trip we stopped for lunch. Superb! The building doesn't look like much from the street, but once inside you have an attractive outer dining...room with window walls, plus a smaller interior one that's more cozy. Our server, Leslie D, must be the dean of their front of house, she was high energy and attentive and chatty but not intrusive. I settledf in to a brisket sandwich with sweet potato fries, plus a nice local Jackie O's Ricky beer which matched up ideally. My wife went for the pulled pork sandwich and corn pudding, which I sampled. Leslie's level of service was matched by the skills and taste of their pitmaster and chef. That brisket had to have spent nearly a day in that smoke to be infused with so much great flavor, I only wanted a small drizzle of their sweet sauce on it, and the bun had been grilled. Those sweet potato fries were perhaps the best I've had, the chef had the taste to treat them like sweet potatoes and serve them thoroughly seasoned with cinnamon, and served wit a marshmallow dipping sauce that certainly invoked Thanksgiving casseroles. My wife's corn pudding was tasty but more the texture of kernel corn than pudding. I've been visiting a lot of 'cue places this week. This was the best.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 1, 2022

I dined at this restaurant with a group of 16 people the evening of 04/30/2022. Our reservation was for 6:00 p.m. and we were seated at two tables, for eight. I arrived slightly later than the main group, right at 6:00 p.m. and it took...over 15 minutes before seeing a waitress and getting served water and placing a drink order. It took a while to place our food orders and even though it was about 6:20 p.m. on a Saturday evening they were already out of the brisket. amazingly poor planning as this is supposed be a signature dish. I ordered a full rack of St. Louis style ribs expecting them to be flavorful, tender and juicy. They were not; rather they were barely warm and obviously cooked earlier in the week and zapped in a microwave before being served which inevitably toughens cooked meat. They were tough, stringy and extremely disappointing. The sides of potato salad and green beans were OK but nothing special and I had to ask for a side plate for the discarded rib bones. The barbecue sauce was served in pre-portioned containers and only one variety was offered. I suspect it was a commercial brand and had none of the hallmarks of being homemade. I would have thought that several different varieties of homemade barbecue sauce would be available in a restaurant that purports to be "a smokehouse". The service was mediocre at best; perhaps not the fault of the waitress as she was the only server assigned to the group which made ordering and receiving our entrees in a timely manner inevitably unlikely, which it was. The entrees were delivered piecemeal and there was no follow up on satisfaction with the food, except at the end of the meal when the checks were presented and the waitress asked, "what was the best bit?" I replied, "the beer" which was good. They do have a good selection of local craft beers and others. All in all, it was an overpriced and underwhelming experience and I doubt if I'll be back. A restaurant like this should make certain that their key dishes are available and schedule adequate staff to properly serve a large group. I'll definitely be working with our group for an alternative location for get togethers.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

Found this gem on your site April 18th as we were traveling around Ohio. The food was great, we loved the jalapeno cole slaw along with everything else we tried. The beer list is one of the best I've seen. But the star was our...waiter Aaron who is not only a great waiter but an excellent ambassador for your community giving us recommendations on local sites of interest. Thank you Aaron we're so glad we found this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 25, 2022

Food was wonderful as usual , had corn casserole, Reuben and Mac and cheese ! Took our twin grandsons and they had the combo brisket and chicken with Mac and cheese and hubby had smoked brisket sandwich with Mac and cheese ! 🙂

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022 via mobile

This is one of the best meals I have had in a long time! All of the food is absolutely phenomenal! Make sure to try multiple sides, especially the potato salad and the brisket, and don’t forget dessert! The staff are super friendly and make...the visit memorable. This is a place that would be worth driving hours just to eat at. Highly recommend it!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 22, 2021

Stopped here after hiking the Buzzard Roost Nature Preserve (definitely worth visiting) and had a late lunch. we had Pulled Pork Sandwiches as well as Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Fries and Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake. They were all delicious. So many other items on the...menu which also looked good. We will definitely be back again when we are in the area.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 3, 2021

We were in awe how many amazing beer options they had! The service was great! And they had the best BBQ; burgers, brisket, corn, mashed potatoes, corn bread just to name a few. If you’re passing through, you have to stop by!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 24, 2021 via mobile

Wife and I stopped on our way to the Hopewell culture site. Everything was great. We had the ribs, pulled pork, corn casserole, skillet fried green beans, cole slaw, and Mac and cheese. Cornbread also. It was all great.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 17, 2021

My husband and two children had a wonderful dinner here and highly recommend. Particularly delicious were the mushroom appetizer and the smoke house pasta. My husband also loved the pulled pork! Mac and cheese is also a must. 😊

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 26, 2021 via mobile

If ever in Chillicothe you MUST stop here and eat! The food was Awesome and Service was great. The brisket sandwich was phenomenal. Prayers for safe travels everyone!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 3, 2021

The food is decent. Good BBQ. But the customer service sucks. Rude! They get your money and don't care about your poor dining experience. I complained about poor service and the person responded rudely. I won't waste my time and money there again.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 22, 2021 via mobile

#1 for a reason. Great casual atmosphere, nice variety on the menu with friendly welcoming staff. Rave reviews for the brisket dinner and smoked prime rib sandwich. Tender, melt in your mouth smoked meats. Ashley was great too.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

And…. We were so taken with the food here last time - we planned our trip around stopping here for lunch on Sunday. It’s about halfway between northern Indiana and North Carolina - and the best barbecue anywhere in that corridor. Between the down home...smell of the smoker and the food. Incredible. The brisket is melt in your mouth good and the flatbread appetizer is huge. Don’t forget to save room for some cheesecake. We will be back…More

Date of visit: May 2021
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All sauces can be ordered on the side. They have several gluten free side dish options
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Old Canal Smokehouse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5