This article is a bit of departure from the norm…I’m not visiting a brewery, I am visiting Sublime Smoke in Bolivar, Ohio.
Zach Salapack started in the business by running a food truck in the Columbus, Ohio area but he decided to return home to Bolivar…that’s what I consider a win for all of us here in Tuscarawas and surrounding counties.
Beside the great BBQ food available, Zach also has one of the best selections of craft beers and microbrews available in Tuscarawas County. There are usually 5 beers on tap and a large assortment of bottles available for consumption on the premises, or to go. Growler fills are also available. I recommend that you purchase one of Zach’s Sublime Smoke growlers…it’s a stainless steel growler with an attached lid which keeps the beer cold for quite awhile.
Zach loves to talk…he loves to talk beer, he loves to talk food…he loves to talk to all of the customers that come into the building. He will answer any and all questions that you have regarding his food, the beer and the building that he’s located in; as well as any questions that you may have about the area. He is customer service personified.
On to the food…I highly recommend the Texas style beef brisket sandwich with the spicy smoked pepper trio barbeque sauce. Another favorite is the “burrito”. This isn’t your normal burrito, it’s much better…picture a warm tortilla filled with your choice of meat (chicken, pork, beef) then add rice, beans, cheese, hominy and a slow simmered tomato salsa…now that’s a burrito…Julie’s favorite is the burrito with pork…oh and did I mention the size?? These are huge! Don’t think about Taco Bell burritos when you get one of these because there is absolutely no comparison!!! Another favorite is the Tri-tip Sandwich with a side of fries. I don’t believe that this is available all of the time but when it is, definitely get it!!!
You also have to try the “Pork Sundae”. This masterpiece is a meal in a bowl. It starts out with a scoop of homemade corn spoon bread on the bottom, then layer on collard greens and coleslaw, top it all off will pulled pork and your choice of sauce. This culinary masterpiece is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re in the deep south, not sitting in Bolivar, Ohio. Another choice in a bowl is the Mac Daddy…it’s a bowl filled with homemade, southern style, baked mac and cheese and top it with pulled pork and your choice of sauce. I personally prefer the spicy smoked pepper trio sauce.
There is always a nice crowd present and you will find out very quickly that everyone likes to talk “craft beer”. Currently, there is only seating for 12 inside the building. There are several picnic tables located outside for seating when the weather is permitting. Come July, there will be additional seating as Zach expands into the adjoining space.
Make sure that you follow Sublime Smoke on Facebook.
When you are in the area, make sure that you stop in and enjoy a cold beer and a bite to eat. Tell Zach that you learned about his restaurant on my blog…I know that I would appreciate it if you spread the word about my blog and Zach will appreciate it if you spread the word about his business.
Update: Zach has purchased the building that he has his business in. In July, he opened the other side and now has seating for about fifty as well as a more extensive tap list…and unfortunately, he has added some “mindless corporate swill” for those that don’t enjoy craft beer. Seriously, it doesn’t matter what you drink…come thirsty and with an appetite. You will not be disappointed.