After seeing this place featured in the TV Food Network, we had to try it for ourselves. Thank God for GPS as this place is not that easy to find (at least for us northerners who are strangers to Atlanta). It is more on the outskirts of Atlanta and in a very small strip mall set back from the road, with an unassuming façade (see below). Like I said, thank God for GPS otherwise we would have never found this place, which is perhaps what the locals want. The place is small with a correspondingly small outdoor dining area – you are not allowed to eat inside as there is no space for tables or seats. Luckily the rain did not arrive until we were done eating. It would’ve been uncomfortable eating in wet pants and shoes.
This joint’s claim to fame is that it marries Korean cuisine with Southern Barbecue for a different take on barbecue. Perusing the menu you will find familiar offerings and some which are not.
Since this was our first time here, we decided to order the traditional dishes by the pound – Brisket, Smoked Kielbasa, a full rack of Ribs, BBQ Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Fried Onions. We also tried each of the 5 different sauces they had, which were all good. The Table had a classic sweet barbecue sauce flavor, the Korean had a sesame, soy, sweet flavor with some heat, the Hotlanta had a sweet, mustardy, hot flavor, the Settler had a vinegary and peppery flavor, and the Kitchen had a spicy clean flavor. Our favorites were the Table, Korean and Hotlanta.
The brisket was delicious with good bark especially paired with the Table and Korean sauces. Each one giving the brisket a different flavor profile. My only criticism was that the meat was a bit dry unlike the other briskets I’ve had. The sauce more than made up for that though.
The smoked pork ribs were more like what you would find in an Asian restaurant, sweet, somewhat spicy, not very smoky and a bit firm and chewy. I personally like the ones that fall off the bone, so needless to say, this was not one of my favorites.
Pilar had the smoked Kielbasa served with sautéed onions, which was more like a smoked pork sausage than a Kielbasa. It was good but we were expecting a different flavor.
The sides were good. The BBQ beans did not disappoint with their sweet, tangy, smokiness. The fried onions were oniony and had a crisp coating, the Mac and Cheese was delicious and rich, and the fried green tomatoes were great especially when dipped in the Hotlanta mustard sauce. The cole slaw was good but was not to my liking. To be honest though, I am addicted to the KFC cole slaw which I use as my benchmark so this is not a fair comparison.
Overall though we would go back to this place the next time we are in Atlanta. This time we will try the spicy Korean Pork, smoked wings, pulled pork and pulled chicken.