In April of 2011, a group of friends on a fishing trip—all veterans of the hospitality industry—got to talking about their love of food as they cooked their dinner around a campfire. The smoky flavors, crackling flames, and friendship merged into an idea to create a barbecue joint with traditional Southern comfort fare and an interactive dessert element.
Today, diners pile into wood-backed booths to dig into ribs slathered in house sauce, smoked sausages, and a menu stocked with homestyle fare. From three types of mac 'n' cheese—traditional, broccoli, and pulled pork—to fresh-ground burgers made with short ribs, brisket, and ground chuck, the kitchen crew crafts its own takes on classic comfort fare as flat-screen TVs flicker above the bar. The dessert section includes do-it-yourself s'mores that are toasted tableside by a portable burn pit and touted as "the only dessert in town that requires a disclaimer," an honor previously held by torch-it-yourself crème brûlée.
Mr. D's sauce-wielding chefs seal juicy flavor into slow roasted meats with delicious hickory smoke and tangy barbecue flavors to create a massive smokehouse menu. Drizzled barbecue clings like an entourage of flavor to the smoldering meat of the St. Louis style ribs ($12.99 half slab), seared in the heat of hickory flames and public adoration. The pulled beef brisket ($8.79 half pound) overtakes plates with mountainous piles and saucy altitudes, scaled by the brave, buttery crunch of the fried corn on the cob ($3.95). In an act of nutritious comeuppance, sweet teeth sink into the sugary candied yams ($3.95), finally fooled into eating a vegetable. Tikes and toddlers can order fist-sized portions off the children's menu, while entire clans share the spoils found in family meals.
After Al Boyce retired from playing football for the Kansas City Chiefs, a new world was calling to him: the rib-sticking world of soul food. After starting his first venture in Kansas City, Boyce began populating the Atlanta area with southern cooking in the form of Chazz?s Place, a pair of eateries named after his son. Al?s Barbeque is his fourth restaurant, where the scent of slow-smoked boneless meat sluices through the air and induces salivation like a rabbit placed in front of Elmer Fudd. Heaping plates of shrimp and grits compete for attention with barbecue ribs, pork chops, and chicken that?s grilled or southern-fried with buttermilk. Housemade sides of collard greens, baked beans, and black-eyed peas round out each meal.
In huge, bold red letters, a sign on the street-facing side of Ms. Betty's House of Ribs proclaims ?BBQ.? It?s an old-fashioned invitation to sample some of the rib-shack recipes that rightfully hold a beloved position in the pantheon of southern cuisine. Inside, pit-masters slow roast hefty slabs of ribs and serve whole and half chickens with the restaurant?s signature sauce. The grills are kept in a screened-in porch so passersby can smell the flavorful smoke and hear chefs shout when the meat gets too delicious.
Forget the dry, overcooked turkey lurking untouched in the center of your holiday table. Today's side deal to Black Tie Barbecue puts a succulent, fully cooked, hickory-smoked turkey on your Thanksgiving table for $30, a $95 value. The friendly caterers at Black Tie Barbecue have never had an embarrassing Thanksgiving and want to share their success with your family. They'll fully prepare a 10- to 12-pound bird to juicy, smoky perfection for you to pick up between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, at Phipps Plaza. Serve your bird chilled, or follow Black Tie's handy reheating instructions to fool your family into believing you've done it yourself.