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.
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.
Since 1976, Old Brick Pit Barbeque has lured diners in with the aroma of its old-school Georgia barbecue sauce, which can be delectably doused on a menu's worth of tender meats. Hickory wood and a brick pit conspire to slow-smoke succulent pork for 12–14 hours while serenading it with old Barry White hits before it's slathered in house-made vinegar-based sauce and placed between bread. Sides of coleslaw, like pranks destined for an ornery teacher, are lovingly concocted every day, and they add a cabbage-packed punch to savory pork packages.