Locally-owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants are a foodie’s dream — and as Indiana Eats has discovered, our state is blessed with many unique dining options. For those who enjoy a tasty smoked meat meal, Holy Smoke Hog Roast in downtown Martinsville is a must-visit destination.
Owners Roger and Mary Lawrence describe their fare as safe, wholesome, simple, flavorful and affordable. Holy Smoke, located across from the Morgan County courthouse, is a Christ-centered business and the entire Lawrence family is involved in running it.
State Sen. Rod Bray hits Holy Smoke when he’s in the mood for tender slow-smoked brisket. But though he loves the restaurant’s smoked-on-site specialties, Holy Smoke’s dog-friendly patio is something Bray finds especially intriguing. “This restaurant has a great outdoor dining and even has an ice cream for dogs on the menu,” Bray said. “If you order the ‘Reno Special,’ you get a pup cup full of ice cream with mini hot dogs in it.” The Lawrences named the special for “a very special pit bull who taught us all to live each day with joy and love everyone you meet.” This fur baby treat is free when added to any lunch or dinner entrée.
Among Holy Smoke’s popular menu items are house made smoked sausage, tater tot and pulled pork BBQ nachos, and baby back ribs. A lunch buffet featuring meats, sides, seasonal fruit and soft drinks is available every day except Saturday. Holy Smoke serves a breakfast buffet with favorites like waffles and biscuits and gravy on Sundays until 1 p.m.
The Lawrences also have catering and bartending services available for special events like wedding receptions and family reunions.
If you go: Holy Smoke Hog Roast
43 S. Main, Martinsville, Indiana
Hours: Monday through Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
ABOUT STATE SEN. ROD BRAY: Indiana State Sen. Rod Bray represents District 37, serving Johnson, Morgan, Owen and Putnam counties. An attorney, Bray serves as president pro tempore of the Indiana Senate.