Barbecue Kitchen

Bar-b-q | Diner | Meat-and-Three
One of the best

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
Rutabagas are buttery rich and earthy, more sweet than bitter.
Barbecue Kitchen, Barbecue Pork
Barbecue Pork
Meat & 3: BBQ, rutabaga, collards, squash
Barbecue Kitchen, Bread Basket
Bread Basket
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 - 8pm
Monday7am - 8pm
Tuesday7am - 8pm
Wednesday7am - 8pm
Thursday7am - 8pm
Friday7am - 8pm
Saturday7am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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