My review of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta
One of the most fun things about my life and marriage is that my wife and I get the opportunity to travel. A lot.
She started working in the airline industry last year and we now get to fly for free on Delta flights. However, as anyone familiar with the airline industry knows, the perk of flying standby is always an unpredictable experience.
We usually don’t know if we’ll have seats on a flight until about two minutes before the boarding process ends, so we’re often holding our breath in hopes that we’ll be able to reach the destination we’re trying to get to.
We flew down to Atlanta last week for the sole purpose of eating a late lunch at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and the flight availability looked like it’d be easy for both of us to get back to Roanoke that night. Unfortunately, the last flight out of Atlanta filled up in a hurry and the night ended with Nicole getting the last seat on the plane while I was stranded in the ATL and had to rely on some friends who generously allowed me to stay at their house. Thanks, Tommy & Hannah!
So...what went from being a fun afternoon of enjoying BBQ turned into an overnight adventure...just another day in the life of a standby traveler.
But, was it worth it? Was Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q worth an overnight trip? Worth the drama and chaos?
I’ve read for the past couple years that Fox Bros. serves the best BBQ in Atlanta, and arguably some of the best BBQ in the entire country.
Based on the meal I had and the other BBQ I’ve eaten over the past year, I’d say those reviews are pretty accurate.
The atmosphere at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is great. There’s a dining room and bar area inside, but the beautiful spring afternoon was ideal for sitting on their patio. I was able to roll up my sleeves and enjoy the sun as I prepared to throwdown on some BBQ.
To get the best sampling of the different smoked meats Fox Bros. offers, I ordered the 4-meat platter, which also came with two sides. My wife ordered the vegetable plate, and we decided to share our two entrees, giving us a total of four meats and six side dishes.
The ribs were some of the best I’ve ever had. Not an ounce of sauce was needed as the dry rub created a perfect bark and it was a sweet, slightly spicy combination of ingredients that offered a wonderful flavor. The ribs, along with the brisket, had a great smoke ring that helped capture the process by which Fox Bros. creates these delicious pieces of meat.
The ribs were my favorite dish I had at Fox Bros., but I also was a big fan of the brisket. There was a great peppery flavor, and though I ordered my pieces from the lean end, it still had plenty of fat and juice to be quite tasty. I’m still amazed that I was able to cut the brisket with my fork.
Though my wife ate most of the smoked chicken, I had a couple bites and couldn’t believe how tender and juicy it was. I also tried the wing portion of the bird and would definitely be interested in getting an order of wings on my next visit.
As for the sides, if you don’t order the mac & cheese, you’re doing it wrong. They use shells instead of elbow macaroni, and it’s not too much liquid or cream, a problem I have with most restaurants that serve mac & cheese. There’s a nice crust of cheese that forms on the top, which reminds me of the way my mom makes it in a crock pot. It’s still not as good as hers, but it’s as close as I’ve had.
The presentation of the Frito pie is fun because they serve it in a Fritos bag, but I recommend eating this quickly as the Fritos become soggy in a hurry when combined with the chili. Actually, I’d probably try the brunswick stew or brisket chili instead of the Frito pie on my next visit.
And there certainly will be a next visit. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is within walking distance of the Inman Park Marta station, and the prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get. The waitress said they run out of meat on most nights, so I’ll have to be smart about my trips whenever I’m planning my next meal there.
Based on my first trip, I’ll also need to be smart about planning how to get home.
Still, adventures involving great BBQ are always adventures worth taking.