Barbecue Kitchen

Bar-b-q | Diner | Meat-and-Three
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The Barbecue Kitchen is practically around the corner from Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport, making it a wonderful first stop for arriving travelers. The barbecue is swell, but in fact the real allure is southern vegetables. Collard greens, rutabagas, squash casserole: Each is a shot in the arm. The collards are plain and leafy and powerfully GREEN; the rutabagas taste of sweet earth and fresh-dug roots; the squash is falling-apart soft and innocent.

Vegetables come in their own little bowls atop a partitioned unbreakable plate, the largest section of which ought to be filled with rough-chopped barbecue painted with tangy cinnabar sauce. The meat is yeomanly, although the biggest pieces tended to be dry (thank God for the sauce). Given a choice of cornbread or biscuits, go for both, the former not the least bit sweet (a perfect companion for those greens), the latter a good moppin’ sop for the last of the barbecue. Of course, the proper beverage to pair with this meal is ice tea, served in a tall tumbler.

It all comes ultra-fast, delivered by a waitress who is one of a team of veterans whom diner aficionados will love. I envision these birds back in the days before smoking was evil, toting meals to a table with an unfiltered Camel precariously dangling from their lips, never letting ash hit a customer’s plate (unless the customer deserved it).

What to Eat
Barbecue Kitchen, Fresh Rutabagas
Fresh Rutabagas
Must-Try
Rutabagas are buttery rich and earthy, more sweet than bitter.
Barbecue Kitchen, Barbecue Pork
Barbecue Pork
Must-Try
Meat & 3: BBQ, rutabaga, collards, squash
Barbecue Kitchen, Bread Basket
Bread Basket
Must-Try
Corn bread & biscuit
Barbecue Kitchen, Country Cured Ham
Country Cured Ham
Country ham with red eye gravy
Barbecue Kitchen, Biscuits & Gravy
Biscuits & Gravy
Gravy (on a biscuit) is thick with sausage.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday7am - 9pm
Monday7am - 9pm
Tuesday7am - 9pm
Wednesday7am - 9pm
Thursday7am - 9pm
Friday7am - 9pm
Saturday7am - 9pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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