I noticed some new comments on my ancient Community Q BBQ post, surely occasioned by restaurant critic Meridith Ford Goldman’s recent praise for this Decatur barbecue newcomer.
A lot of folks who live on the east side of town compare it to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q and come down on one side or the other.
I like both for different reasons — Fox Bros. for the chicken wings and the option of a barbecue salad entree, Community Q for the pulled pork and the mac ‘n cheese (even if it does clock in at 1,400 per large serving!!!).
But, overall, I favor Community Q because I applaud their use of locally raised meat and find the flavors of the ingredients and the smoke so clean. It appeals more to my sensibility. I also have to admit that the gut-bomb signature dishes at Fox Bros. (such as the “Lopez” made with Tater Tots, chili and an Exxon Valez slick of melted cheese) hold no personal appeal.
But, really, Eastside Atlanta has upped its barbecue paradigm a lot thanks to both these places.
What do you think? If I was holding a baby-back rib to your head: Fox Bros. or Community Q?