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Fat Matt’s Rib Shack

On Piedmont Road, there’s a barbecue joint that’s an Atlanta institution. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is one of those must-visit places in the city, like The Coke Museum or the Varsity. In his visit to Atlanta in The Layover, Anthony Bourdain started his trip here, and acknowledged that to “food nerds and BBQ snobs” what Fat Matt’s serves isn’t what they’d call real BBQ. The chef, now working on ABC’s The Taste, said of Fat Matt’s, it’s like being “married to a Harvard graduate supermodel, but every once in a while you just want a really nasty girl in cheap heels with a trashy Queens accent who chews gum – I’m saying you want that, not me.”

Fat Matt’s serves up all the things you want in great Q without the embellishments and gimmicks that other places use to draw customers. No, Fat Matt’s does it by serving damn good food.


Half Slab

Grilled, basted, grilled again, these sticky short-ribs are the kind that fall of the bone and make you feel happy all over.

Brunswick Stew

Yeah, every BBQ place does its version of Brunswick stew. Fat Matt’s is among the best, and will have you wondering whether they can serve it in a bucket.


1811 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324
Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11:30 am - 12:30 am
Sun 2 pm - 11:30 pm
Price Range $9 - $20
Credit? Yes
Outdoor Seating? Yes
Parking? Lot
Family-Friendly? Yes
Delivery? No
Alcohol? Yes
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