Okay, so I’m kinda proud of being dubbed the “Food Guy of Atlanta” and I get asked by folks near and far, what is it Atlanta is truly known for from a dining perspective? In essence, what does Atlanta do best? I have a lot of answers to that question but one of those has to be we have kick-ass BBQ, and it only keeps getting better. Atlanta doesn’t focus on one particular region or sauce, or focus on brisket over pork over chicken, etc…we dig it all, and we love our BBQ restaurants, in all shapes and sizes and with great stories behind them. Therefore it is a pleasure to give you my top 15 BBQ spots in Atlanta, listed below in alphabetical order.
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2. City BBQ
City BBQ is brand new to town and I am just crazy about their pulled pork and Texas toast. There is no better deal than their Motherload platter for $75. Why choose a meat when you can try their brisket, pulled pork, turkey, ribs, sausage, sides, and more? It’s truly unbelievable.
Cajun food has a very special place in my heart. So when I found out that there’s a spot that serves BBQ with a Cajun twist, I knew it was worth making the trip to either the Loganville or Lawrenceville location. I’ve loved everything I’ve had there, but your life will change once you try the Cajun Fried Ribs with spicy ranch.
We covered this College Park BBQ stop on Atlanta Eats, and what I remember most about that shoot were the delicious ribs and cheddar jalapeno sausage, along with the warmth from the family that runs this place. I felt the love at Hattie Marie’s!
The pulled pork and the pimento cheese wontons are what I dream about. Owners Howard and Anita Hsu are making darn good BBQ with a an added bit of Asian flavor like their Southern Seoul sandwich with Korean style steak and sriracha.
Most of these other BBQ joints are the stars of their neighborhood, but Twin Smokers is the star of freakin’ downtown Atlanta! Get your brisket and bourbon on before heading to a Falcons, Hawks, or Atlanta United game, and you’ll know you pregamed like a champion.