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Best Brunswick stew

It's an Atlanta classic and, once again, Harold's is both your pick and our pick for best Brunswick stew in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

It's an Atlanta classic and, once again, Harold's is both your pick and our pick for best Brunswick stew in and around Atlanta. Staff photo

YOUR PICKS
1. Harold’s Barbecue
You say, “Harold’s still beats all comers … Their stew is fantastic and served with cracklin’ cornbread” and “Harold’s is the best stew in Atlanta … I had a bowl of stew there last Wednesday at lunch and it was as good as ever! Cracklin’ corn bread is still wonderful as was some outside sliced pork.”

2. Old Hickory House
3. Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q
4. Fresh Air Bar-B-Que
5. Old South Bar-B-Q

OUR PICKS
1. Harold’s BBQ
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “Harold’s has been one of Atlanta’s favorite old-school barbecue spots for decades, and their Brunswick stew wins some of their highest praises. The traditional  emulsified-style stew makes for a fantastic dunking sauce for their cracklin’ cornbread, and should be your first pick for a side at the landmark smokehouse.”

2. Beaver Creek Biscuits and Barbecue
3. Old South Bar-B-Q
4. Heirloom Market BBQ
5. Fox Bros. BBQ

317 comments Add your comment

1164mgc

February 27th, 2012
1:57 pm

Brunswick Bob

February 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

Brickstore Pub, Decatur

K

February 27th, 2012
2:01 pm

Pig N Chick – Chamblee

Jason

February 27th, 2012
2:02 pm

Sprayberrry’s BBQ in Newnan

Cephus91

February 27th, 2012
2:04 pm

Fresh Air BBQ – no contest

Jennifer

February 27th, 2012
2:05 pm

Pit BBQ peachtree brookhaven!!!!

johnny fontane

February 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

Yes Fred, the daughter is doing a great job serving the same great food as her parents did. I have never had a bad meal there.

tim

February 27th, 2012
2:09 pm

Old South in Smyrna

Bhorsoft

February 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

Williamson Brothers BBQ – either Marietta or Canton locations. I can eat it for a meal all by itself. Second place goes Scott Bros. BBQ in Cartersville.

DTonte

February 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

Mel’s ‘cue shack—it can’t be beat.

timthebrave

February 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

pig n chick for me

TH

February 27th, 2012
2:13 pm

Harold’s, nobody else is even close.

Typical Redneck

February 27th, 2012
2:15 pm

Marcy Strub

February 27th, 2012
2:15 pm

Old Hickory is the best! We moved to Atlanta because of the BBQ and Brunswick stew at Old Hickory.

MW

February 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

Fresh Air Barbque

Laura

February 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

Believe it or not, Mary Mac’s Tea Room has some really good brunswick stew. For a non BBQ restaurant.

PJ

February 27th, 2012
2:17 pm

Swallow at the Hollow & Old Hickory House

imjustduckie

February 27th, 2012
2:20 pm

Somewhat unexpectedly, Napoleon’s Grill on Lavista has really good Brunswick Stew. It’s now my favorite because I don’t have to go to a straight up BBQ place to indulge. napoleonsgrill.com

Sarah

February 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

Freds BBQ in Lithia Springs, hands down!

Christie

February 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

Old Hickory House has always been my favorite for stew and chopped pork especially with some of their garlic bread. I just wish they had more locations still open.

GinATL

February 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson or Macon.

MP

February 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

My daughter makes the best Brunswick stew.

lulu

February 27th, 2012
2:24 pm

Manuel’s and Harold’s

JB

February 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

Harold’s, Sprayberry’s, Fresh Air either location and long gone but Tew’s in Manchester.

darktoaster

February 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

I like it at Pig N Chik even though it has lima beans in it.

Steve

February 27th, 2012
2:25 pm

Harrold’s and you don’t know bbq if you disagree

BH

February 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

Withhout a doubt, the best Brunswick Stew in or around the Atlanta area can be found at Senoia Coffee & Cafe, the best!

Dave Thomas

February 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

Ninja Pig BBQ Gainesville, Ga. Best hands down!!!!

Mike

February 27th, 2012
2:30 pm

Hickory House stew is horrible. Taste like a blind person made it for their first time. JR’s and shanes are two places i like.

HGIII

February 27th, 2012
2:31 pm

1) Harold’s

2) Old Brick Pit in Brookhaven

Leigh

February 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

Mickey Pigs BBQ in Corneila, been eating there for 10 years.

Jason

February 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

Double Barrel BBQ has the best Brunswick Stew in the Atlanta area. No contest.

clint

February 27th, 2012
2:32 pm

OLD HICKORY HOUSE by far!

Southern Girl

February 27th, 2012
2:33 pm

OK I think the best brunswick stew comes from Harold’s in Lakewood, especially with the cracklin cornbread, yummy

Bill

February 27th, 2012
2:34 pm

think Dreamland has the best stew. Pig n Chick has the sorriest! It has no substance to it.

ut96

February 27th, 2012
2:35 pm

Buckner’s Family Restaurant has the best Bruswick stew ever. Although, they only serve it twice a week.

JB

February 27th, 2012
2:36 pm

Somebody ought to bring good BBQ to Augusta. Georgia’s second largest city and we are BBQ-less. Sconyers on the southside is fair, but it’s different and you had to grow up on it. There is a gold mine waiting on someone to open a place in Columbia county. Nobody here. Nobody.

ATL Native

February 27th, 2012
2:38 pm

Harold’s… by a mile. The owners of Slopes liked it so much they fully admit to trying to copy it (and do a pretty darn good job I must say).

EPG

February 27th, 2012
2:39 pm

Harold’s is the BEST!

MandyA

February 27th, 2012
2:40 pm

No contest…Old South BBQ in Smyrna has the very best Brunswick stew ever!

David

February 27th, 2012
2:40 pm

Scott’s Walk Up BBQ in Cartersville…Scott’s is award winning and delicious.

jack

February 27th, 2012
2:41 pm

Sprayberry’s, Harold’s, Old South, Oak Grove Market

Brad

February 27th, 2012
2:42 pm

My grandmother Benny’s Brunswick stew from her kitchen in Screven, GA.

LISA

February 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

OLD SOUTH IN SMYRNA IS THE BEST !!!

Natasha

February 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

Old Hickory House in Tucker! Yummmmm….

southern hope

February 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

Fat Matts.

but i’m going to try these others.

JacketAlum07

February 27th, 2012
2:45 pm

1. Williamson Bros
2. BBQ1 Brisket Stew

Road Scholar

February 27th, 2012
2:45 pm

Old Hickory House. Shane’s sux.

Been eatin' there for years

February 27th, 2012
2:46 pm

Old South in Smyrna. Go in there when it’s cold outside and you’ll be feelin’ good very soon.

chiefdawg

February 27th, 2012
2:47 pm

Fred’s BBQ house in Austell #1
JJ’s in Franklin comes from a place called Walker’s Food in Carrollton and it is excellent. I would say a close # 2. You can also buy this at Charlie Joseph’s in LaGrange or WM Foods in Wedowee. AL.
Harold’s is excellent also.Fresh Air has a good stew.
I love Williamson’s Bro. BBQ, but the stew is awful.
I know stew because I was raised on Melear’s in Union City.