I’ve been in and around Atlanta a lot over the 28 years my dad has lived down there. My family has changed since then, with my dad and then-step-mother not together but both remarried (and both very much still a part of my family). My brother, who was 7 when they moved to Atlanta, is now 35 and living in Chicago. My younger sister moved away from Atlanta to Spain and then Manhattan, but is back in Atlanta, and my older sister has moved from Ohio to Atlanta. So I have a lot of people in Atlanta, and am soon to visit my brother again in Chicago, partly to see his new restaurant, Longman & Eagle in Logan Square (I can’t wait!).
I also lived in Atlanta briefly in 1999, but I wasn’t all that into barbecue back then. I did know about Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, which I still enjoy, but I’m always up for a new barbecue place, and I’ve tried several around the city. I’d heard of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, but I hadn’t tried it until last Saturday.
The restaurant hasn’t been around long, as I think it started with catering, but it’s already well known around Atlanta. The location is in Candler Park, near Little Five Points, on Dekalb. It’s a nice looking bbq joint, with a nice patio area, though the view there isn’t stellar.
The special on Saturday was what they called short ribs, which were basically beef ribs done like brisket. The menu also has a variety of appetizers and other dishes, from tater tots to Frito pie, fried okra to Brunswick stew. The Frito pie is a bag of Fritos with brisket chili… very good!
Everyone got something a bit different, but we all started with jalepeno poppers stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese, then I had the short rib. My brother, who surprised us all by being there from Chicago, had pulled pork, but also helped me finish my side of fried okra. I also had Brunswick stew, which I liked, and a pretty good Bloody Mary.
The food was very well done, with the short rib being the best thing on the table, I think. The pulled pork was chunked instead of shredded, a good thing, and the brisket chili was great, too. What was nice about Fox Bros. was that they did standard barbecue really well, but also looked for nice variations, like the poppers or tater tots covered with all kinds of stuff, as well as smoked chicken salad (something I love to make at home), smoked wings (something else I like) and corn dogs for the kids (or my wife).
There’s only one barbecue joint I’ve been to that I thought had better food, and nowhere have I seen any big city barbecue done as well. It’s a good thing I don’t live down in Atlanta anymore, or I’d be twice my current size!