Frank and Kathleen Puskarich took all the help they could get when they first started smoking their own barbecue in 2005. Friend Josef Karst, a chef from Germany, was their point person as they created new recipes. Friends, family, and even mailmen served as their taste-testers. It wasn't long before they took their recipes public at Hog Father's Old Fashioned BBQ in 2007.

Only five minutes from Toftrees Apartments, the casual barbecue restaurant continues to serve the same homestyle Southern food a decade later. Customers rave about the brisket sandwich, which is stuffed with tender ribbons of char-grilled beef plus barbecue-ranch dressing, lettuce, and grilled tomatoes. You can also try the St. Louis-style or baby back ribs. They're smoked over hickory wood in-house and then seared and smothered with spicy barbecue sauce. Barbecue fish and chips, Southern fried chicken, and bacon-wrapped barbecue shrimp are a few of the other tasty menu items at Hog Father's.