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Barbecue restaurants in and around Atlanta and what you should order

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) Good barbecue is hard to come by, unless you’re in the south. BBQ is a huge deal in the south and deserves its own essentials list.

Although Atlanta is known for its vast wing culture, barbecue is a close second when it comes to good eats. The BBQ scene has expanded rapidly in and around the city and sparks many debates about where to get the best smoked meats and delicious side items.

The city has adapted popular Texas-style and South Carolina BBQ tastes and with summer around the corner, here are some of the top restaurants you’ll need to visit.

  1. Thompson Brothers Barbecue - Located outside of the perimeter (OTP) in Smyrna, Thompson Bros. is operated by five brother near Suntrust Park. the restaurant is known for its smoked ribs and platter meals with the option of three sides. Customers rave about the upside-down pineapple cake for dessert.

2. Hattie Marie’s Texas Style BBQ & Cajun Chicken - Hattie Marie’s has made a name for itself in the city of College Park, also expanding to the Atlanta area, Decatur and Duluth soon. When visiting, try the pork ribs, Cajun-fried catfish or the smoked sausage links and enjoy the Texas-style cooking that’s been passed down from one generation to the next.

3. Daddy D’z - If you’re inside the perimeter (ITP) or riding through the city, take a stop on Memorial Drive in Grant Park for a taste of ribs. D’z popular items also include ‘cue wraps that are BBQ pork wrapped in bite-sized dough fried to a golden crisp and homemade Brunswick stew that includes bits of chicken, pork and vegetables, spiced with BBQ flavor. Enjoy their combos with cornbread or Texas toast.

4. Anna’s BBQ - Nestled in the heart of Kirkwood, this barbecue eatery is modest by design but is known to have some of the best smoked ribs in Atlanta. Anna’s usually sells out before closing. If you’re able to get there in enough time, it’s suggested to order the smoked turkey wings or their nontraditional menu item, barbecue nachos.

5. Community QBBQ - Out in Decatur where it’s greater, QBBQ serves up delicious pulled pork sandwiches and creative side dishes. Owner David Roberts is known for his spin on mac and cheese with a blend of rigatoni, cheddar, Monterey Jack, parmesan, and heavy cream. The restaurant cooks fresh daily and donates all leftovers to local food banks each day.

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