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BBQ in Atlanta ?

ernieh Jul 14, 2008 04:53 PM

As long as I have lived here I still can not find a good BBQ in Atlanta . I know that most of you know a good quality BBQ. I watch the Food Network all the time but they only talk about NC, TNN, and other states in the South…bummer

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  1. biskuit RE: ernieh Jul 14, 2008 08:17 PM

    It is possible. Not as good as Memphis or Lockhart, but good BBQ does exist...

    My ranking:
    #1: Fox Brothers, when they are on, they are easily the best
    #2: Sam and Dave's BBQ #1 and #2
    #3: Pig N Chik

    In the mediocre camp, I'd put Rolling Bones, Harold's, Swallow at the Hollow (some swear by it), Daddy D'z.

    I wouldn't bother with Fatt Matt's, Old Brick Pit, Dusty's, etc...

    There are a few others out there that I've not been to.

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      ernieh RE: biskuit Jul 15, 2008 01:43 PM

      Thanks guys ! I will try Fox Brothers and go from there, I live in Buford GA near the mall, is it far from there ?

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        bananna slug RE: biskuit Jul 16, 2008 10:33 AM

        I agree with Sam and Dave's. Their beef ribs are amazing. I also recommend Swallow at the Hollow as someone suggested below. My experience there has always been good and I there have been no hit and miss moments like the experience of the post below.

      2. ted RE: ernieh Jul 15, 2008 06:23 AM

        The AJC Accessatlanta site has an online vote-by-comment poll for best of Atlanta Q. Lots of opinions there. Hopefully the dimwits who selected Fat Matt's last year won't prevail.

        I pretty much echo what biskuit said. I'd just add that I think folks like Swallow at the Hollow for the full experience (good setting, good sides, music), even if they're meat can be hit or miss.

        I saw it noted on the AJC comments that Hodges on Candler Rd has reopened and that The Boss burned down and has relocated.

        And it might be worth a road trip to Jasper to try Bub-A-Que. Bubba's on the competition circuit and gets rave reviews from that crowd.

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          Katj RE: ernieh Jul 15, 2008 10:17 AM

          I agree with Fox Bros definitely. Spiced Right can do some tasty ribs too! (I really like the Roswell location better)

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            ernieh RE: Katj Jul 16, 2008 08:12 AM

            Please tell me where this Fox Bros is located, I live in Buford, is it far from there?

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              biskuit RE: ernieh Jul 16, 2008 09:54 AM

              Is 40 miles far?

              Their website: http://www.foxbrosbbq.com/

              Directions from Buford! -

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            snobofwine RE: ernieh Jul 15, 2008 12:19 PM

            I agree with my fellow hounders on Fox Brothers

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              sadie1 RE: snobofwine Jul 15, 2008 04:41 PM

              fox brothers .... or harolds (for the b stew and the sandwich). icksnay on fat matt's

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              wabbitslayer RE: ernieh Jul 15, 2008 06:26 PM

              Having lived in eastern NC for a few years, this mid-Ga native knows why NC bbq is all they talk about! However, since a six hour drive for pork can be a bit much on a weekday....what places have you ruled out as "good"?

              I'll concede they don't have the out and out best meat in the world, but imho, you could go to Harold's and get a bowl of stew w/ crackin cornbread, and a cup of dirt out ot the parking lot with a side of slaw and it'd still beat most places.

              1. katiei RE: ernieh Jul 20, 2008 05:47 PM

                For kicks, try Daddy D'z on Memorial (?? I'm pretty sure...). I saw it highlighted on the Food Network a couple months before I moved to Atlanta 8 years ago. It's a good one to add to your ATL BBQ "must try" list.

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                  Choppedonion RE: ernieh Jul 21, 2008 12:36 AM

                  Harold's is my favorite Q house. It has always been one of Atlanta's best Q and Brunswick stew places. www.choppedonion.com

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                    squir999 RE: ernieh Jul 25, 2008 08:11 AM

                    Definitely Fox Bros. Get the Lopez.

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                      Milt RE: ernieh Jul 26, 2008 05:49 PM

                      Opinions vary when it comes to bbq. We all know that. So, here's my list. Some of it duplicates other posts - some does not.

                      Sam & Dave's BBQ, Lower Roswell Road, Marietta
                      Swallow at the Hollow, Green Street, Roswell
                      The Rib Ranch, Canton Hwy, Marietta
                      Slope's BBQ, Alpharetta, Roswell & Sandy Springs
                      Rolling Bones, Edgewood Ave, downtown Atlanta
                      KC Pit BBQ, Roswell Road, Sandy Springs

                      There are other worthy candidates around metro Atlanta, but these are the ones I like the best.

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                        CedarUK RE: ernieh Aug 5, 2008 12:23 PM

                        Although it doesn't get asmuch mention anymore from the AJC or this board once Kessler retired as food critic and they moved out of their weekend travel trailer, Hometown BBQ in Lawrencville is some of the best BBQ and Ribs in the area. In fact, the best ribs that I've ever had. Neither the ribs or the pork need sauce, which for me is the pinnacle of good Q. It's worth a look.


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                          ddub RE: ernieh Sep 15, 2008 05:35 PM

                          Fatt Matt's....... NO. Yuppie destination for soccer moms looking to go to a place in a "seedy" neighborood for a good "ethnic" BBQ Joint... Fatt Matts is neither.
                          Daddy D''s........ Yes. What Yuppie Soccer Moms think Fatt Matts is.
                          Harold's............ Yes. Only real BBQ experience in Atlanta. The Q is not better than Daddy D's, however, the whole experience is the best in Georgia.
                          Fox Bros........... Yes. Good solid BBQ. A bit sterile on the BBQ Joint side but still a good meal.

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