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Mar 17, 2009 08:43 AM

Brunswick Stew?

I'm heading down to Atlanta tomorrow and of course I've been reviewing the CH board and devouring menus. (I'm thinking Hometown Barbeque in Lawrenceville since I'll be starting off in Suwanee. Also on my list are Mary Mac's, JTC Kitchen, Holeman and Finch, The Colonade....other suggestions are welcome).

I'm a northerner. What's the deal with Brunswick Stew? Is it a main dish? A side dish? A must try? And if so, where? Thanks!

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  1. Its generally served as a side dish in BBQ restaurants, altough its usually also available in a larger bowl and could be a meal. Best place to get it is at really good bbq joints, particularly in eastern NC

    1. It's usually a side, but I've been known to make a meal out of a big bowl of it. Surprisingly enough, the Smithfields Chicken & BBQ regional chain makes some of the best store-bought Brunswick stew that I've had.

      1. I would choose it as a side. Not sure of restaurant stew is ever as tasty as the real thing(no squirrel or rabbit) so I would not waste alot of space on it

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        1. re: quazi

          I don't know, a good bowl of Brunswick Stew and some hush puppies is a pretty good meal for me.

        2. For the OP: Brunswick stew has, in the past, been made with squirrel or rabbit, but these days, most places I've been use chicken or sometimes pork.

          1. Best brunswick stew in Atlanta... hands down ... Harold's Barbeque (linked at bottom)

            Their cornbread is also outstanding....the barbeque can be hit or miss... and they often run out of one of their meats on any given day.

            Skip Mary Macs (i live almost next door to it - NOT worth it). The colonade is an experience and the food is better than Mary Mac's...but there are a lot of other places to go first.

            La Pietra Cucina is an Italian spot in Midtown run by a guy who used to work at Babbo... if you want fried chicken and are in town on Tuesday ... get over to Watershed (the chef won a JBA). Must go on the early side as they run out. Star Provisions is an excellent choice for a quick lunch... but you have to grab a seat outside or take the food elsewhere.

            H&F is an excellent choice...if you are there after 10 pm...get the burger and don't think twice...only open for dinner and brunch on sunday (1.3 to 3)

            Feel free to contact me through my website if you want any more tips.

            Star Provisions
            1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

            Harold's Barbecue
            171 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

            La Pietra Cucina
            1545 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

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            1. re: foodiebuddha

              Good recommendations. I agree with the above post.