Sweet Georgia Brown

Bar-b-q | Cafeteria | Meat-and-Three | Soul Food | Southwestern
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Tipster Lincoln Barber recommended Sweet Georgia Brown in South Oak Cliff for the “best mac-and-cheese ever (seriously, ever!).” But in the scheme of things at Sweet Georgia Brown, marvelous mac ‘n’ cheese is only a supporting player. The place is a barbecue, and a good one, offering deliriously fatty chopped brisket, ribs with long strips of intensely flavorful lean meat sharing bone space with equally flavorful, melting-soft fat, hot links that are crisp-skinned, and Polish sausage that delivers pepper punch. Because service is cafeteria-style and each meal is painstakingly plated to your specifications, you will have a long time to survey the offerings and change your mind a dozen times as you choose from among collard greens, sauteed corn, fried okra, broccoli casserole, braised cabbage, beans and peas of various size and color.

For dessert, there are beautiful layer cakes as well as sweet potato pie, chess pie, and cobblers; but the size of my meal precluded them all. Portions at Sweet Georgia Brown are Brobdingnagian. A full meat and three meal, arrayed in a partitioned Styrofoam clamshell (the only dishware, whether you are dining in or taking out) weighs five pounds and will serve at least two large hungry people.

If my survey of the menu did not make it clear, Sweet Georgia Brown is a soul food restaurant serving the cuisine of southern African Americans. I was the only Caucasian in the restaurant the Friday I went for lunch. The staff and other clientele were nothing but welcoming.

What to Eat
Sweet Georgia Brown, 3 Meat Meal
3 Meat Meal
Must-Try
A 3-BBQ meat meal: Polish sausage, ribs (hacked in half), and chopped brisket accompanied by collard greens and macaroni and cheese. There was no room in the Styro plate for broccoli casserole, so that came in a separate cup. Note the relative size of the silverware. This is one humongous meal.
Sweet Georgia Brown, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Must-Try
When I asked for broccoli casserole after also ordering mac & cheese, the man behind the counter said, ''cheese upon cheese?'' I probably should have paid attention and ordered fried okra, black-eyed peas or broccoli and rice. This really was a cheese overload.
Sweet Georgia Brown, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Must-Try
It was an unqualified recommendation of the mac & cheese that drew me to Sweet Georgia Brown. I was not disappointed with this supremely hearty version. Unfortunately, the picture does not show all the good chewy edges that came with the softer, custard-like middle.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10:30am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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