Barbecue Kitchen

Review by: Michael Stern

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

Fresh Rutabagas

DISH
Barbecue Pork

DISH
Bread Basket

DISH
Country Cured Ham

DISH
Biscuits & Gravy

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Barbecue Kitchen Recipes

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What do you think of Barbecue Kitchen?

One Response to “Barbecue Kitchen”

Keith Bailey

August 31st, 2014

Barbecue with Vegetables! What a concept!

I love barbecue and my wife loves southern vegetables. At most barbecue restaurants the best you can find is a side of baked beans and some cole slaw. Occasionally you might find a salad.

And at a traditional southern meat + three, you get great veggies but mediocre barbecue.

Here they do it all! The barbecue was top-notch. I had the combo pulled pork and beef. The pork (as it usually does) beat out the beef—but only by a bit. I would have liked a few of the crunchy “outside” bits in the pork to add some texture, but that’s nit-picking. The smoked chicken was also first-rate.

The long list of veggies included delicious whipped sweet potatoes and squash casserole and Brunswick stew. The cole slaw needed dicing up with some pepper sauce.

We were too full to try any dessert, but the chocolate cake looked pretty good!

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