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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

Cherie

February 27th, 2012
2:48 pm

Mad Dog’s in Covington

Cash

February 27th, 2012
2:48 pm

Williamson Bros followed by Heirloom Market BBQ

Coachthe46

February 27th, 2012
2:49 pm

BUTT HUTT in Athens or Wild Willies in Walton County!!! REAL Brunswick Stew baby!

Vontaze Burfict

February 27th, 2012
2:50 pm

Williamson Bros is the best in metro Atlanta
Johnny’s BBQ in Gainesville is the best outside of the A-T-L

Dan

February 27th, 2012
2:52 pm

Zeb’s BBQ in Danielsville…

Bill

February 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

Willamson Brothers, either big Chicken or Canton location

USMC

February 27th, 2012
2:54 pm

The Best Brunswick stew is hands down HAROLD’S BARBEQUE!

Keeball

February 27th, 2012
2:57 pm

#1 Wallaces
#2 Old Brick Pit
#3 Slopes

Lizzy

February 27th, 2012
2:58 pm

Community Q BBQ. Order it with their mac and cheese. I go there just for the sides sometimes!

Doug in Austell

February 27th, 2012
2:58 pm

Best I’ve had is Williamson Brothers, distant second would be Pappy Red’s

JRev

February 27th, 2012
2:58 pm

Maddy’s in Decatur was my favorite, but they closed down last year. :-( My wife’s tried the one at Oak Grove Market and thought it was terrible, so I’m surprised to see it even listed here. I no longer have a favorite since the demise of Maddy’s. Fox Brother’s is ok, but I’m still looking for a new favorite…

Bob

February 27th, 2012
3:00 pm

I’ve eaten BBQ all over Georgia for 40 years and the best Brunswick Stew is at Dave Poe’s in Marietta.

al

February 27th, 2012
3:01 pm

Deans-Jonesboro
Speedy Pig- Fayetteville
Blind Pig-Jackson

Count Chocula

February 27th, 2012
3:02 pm

I like GC BBQ in East Cobb and Williamson Brothers BBQ in Marietta, I hate Slope’s stew

Andre

February 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

Sprayberry’s in Newnan

John Lunsford

February 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

Slopes BBQ has the best stew in state!

Ronald

February 27th, 2012
3:06 pm

Wallace Barbecue in Austell has the best brunswick stew!

Freddie Freeman

February 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

Slope’s BBQ is pureed stew that has been processed through a blender.
Give me Williamson Brothers any day of the week – can’t be beat.

McDonough Gal

February 27th, 2012
3:08 pm

Fresh Air…worth the trip, every time!

Jason

February 27th, 2012
3:10 pm

Jim ‘N Nick’s in Suwanee of Old Peachtree Rd. It’s good.

Andrew

February 27th, 2012
3:10 pm

I do not know if they make it on sight or not, but it is hard to beat the stew at Pippin’s BBQ in Covington and Conyers.

Tom

February 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

Another vote for Pig N Chick…no contest!!!

Bobby B

February 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

Harold’s is hard to beat. I usually am disappointed when I sample B-Stew. If it has potatoes and/or beans in it, that tells me they are looking for cheap filler. I did try Fox Bros recently and it was good, but still prefer Harold’s – or at least the 3 or 4 years ago version of Harold’s when I last had it. And it has to come with cracklin’ cornbread!

Howard

February 27th, 2012
3:12 pm

Amos BBQ between Freehome and Ball Ground locally, the best I ever ate was at a hole in the wall place in Desoto not far off 280.

[...] The AJC asks its readers:  where is the best Brunswick Stew in Atlanta? [...]

Lori

February 27th, 2012
3:14 pm

Fresh Air in Jackson or Pippin’s in McDonough

seriously

February 27th, 2012
3:14 pm

Zebs
5742 Highway 29 N
Danielsville, GA 30633

Victoria

February 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

The two best are Hudson’s in Douglasville and Wallace’s in Austell. They are both similar and are way better than most. The others are more like vegetable soup with meat.

Steve Davis

February 27th, 2012
3:19 pm

Smokey Tales BBQ….The Best Ever!

Mot Evans

February 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

Zeb’s Barbeque – Hwy. 29 between Danielsville and Royston GA. Their brunswick stew is the standard which I all judge all stew by.

TIM

February 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

Smokehouse BBQ, Oakwood,GA; Zeb Dean’s, Danielsville,GA

jones3

February 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

Bar H Barbecue, Franklin Springs
1380 E Main St, Franklin Springs, GA 30662
Great Q & Stew Open thurs, fri & Sat for lunch and dinner.

River

February 27th, 2012
3:24 pm

Amos’s BBQ at the intersection of Hwy.’s 369 and 372, just north of Freehome and just south of Ball Ground. ‘Haven’t had a bad meal there yet.

BBQ

February 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

Armond’s is the best. A big bowl and a Chicken slider you have yourself a meal……

Taxi Smith

February 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

Ole South Barbecue in Smyrna. Best stew in Georgia.

Native Georgian Foodie

February 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

No if’s and’s or BBQ Butts about it, the best Brunswick Stew in Atlanta is at the Old Hickory House, as in “Put Some South In Your Mouth”. They are down to only two locations Northlake and Dunwoody, but those of us who are true natives remember the original cabin on Northside Drive, not to mention the Buckhead location that is now the Fish Market. A family relative owns JR’s Loghouse which is on Peachtree Industrial and uses the same recipe. Hands down some of the best stew on the planet. Good, thick rich stew made with pork & chicken trimmings and lots of veggies. True aficionados know that you cannot beat a bowl of stew and an outside sliced pork sandwich that is made with the bark from the butt.

Zee

February 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Fresh Air BBQ – Jackson, GA

Kay

February 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Got to be Fred’s in Lithia Springs, has broth base not tomato.

SwineDiner

February 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Williamson Brothers in Marietta – I won’t walk out of there without the Brunswick Stew, which I think is the best I’ve had.

Frank

February 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Definitely, the BBQ House (also known as Fred’s) on Thornton Road. Their Yellow Jacket Hot Dog is also out of this world. Fresh daily.

Native Georgian Foodie

February 27th, 2012
3:33 pm

And do not believe anyone who tells you that the Brick Pit has decent stew. I have lived around the corner for 18 yrs and have eaten there only once and would never go back. The stew looks, tastes and has the consistency of something that came out of a Campbell’s Soup can. Even Donovan McNabb’’s mother wouldn’t serve that stuff.

Barry

February 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

Harold’s used to be good but that resturant has gone downhill big time. They had one in Jonesboro and 2 at one time in the McDonough area but due to poor management and inconsistency all are out of business but the original and it is now a thing of the past! My wife and I ate there about 6:00 one evening and only one table was full besides us and the flies were about to carry us off. It’s sad to say but one of the best barbecue places in Atlanta has gone from the top to the bottom!

John Kessler

February 27th, 2012
3:39 pm

You people quit telling the world about Heirloom Market BBQ, hands down the best BBQ and stew in Atlanta. That place is already packed enough at lunch.

Keep sending folks to Sonny’s or Pig & Chick instead!

Tucker

February 27th, 2012
3:40 pm

Oak Grove and Matthews Cafeteria have excellent Brunswick stew.

Rick

February 27th, 2012
3:42 pm

Brick Pit on PEachtree in between Chamblee and Brookhaven

Ric

February 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

Anyone who nominates Shanes Rib Shack should have their nomination privileges taken away! I’m not a big fan of Sprayberry’s bar b que, but their brunswick stew is awesome. Located in Newnan

Mike Long

February 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

Dreamland, Swallow in the Hollow & Williamson Brothers

Tammy

February 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Shane’s Rib Shack, Sonny’s and Slopes all taste about the same to me.

Derek

February 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Castleberry’s is the best out there. You can get it for about $3 a can at your local grocery store.

William

February 27th, 2012
3:46 pm

Pig N Chik!!!