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Buckhead Barbecue Co. to open soon in Smyrna

Buckhead BBQ coA new barbecue restaurant, the Buckhead Barbecue Company, will soon open its doors in Smyrna.

With only a handful of inspections left to go, Partner Jay Bess says that they hope to open by the end of next week. I spoke with Jay to get an idea of what diners can expect to find.

The menu will adhere strongly to traditional Southern BBQ, but they want to appeal to a slightly up-market crowd. Don’t expect the dingy, hole-in-the-wall feel that many barbecue restaurants are known for.

In addition to the staple barbecue options, Buckhead Barbecue will feature BBQ inspired twists on other dishes, including a selection of BBQ tacos and sandwiches like the Thank You Very Much sandwich, a twist on Elvis’ favorite with peanut butter, banana, and bacon, pan fried on Texas toast. They plan to offer your choice of eight different barbecue sauces, all made in-house, such as a Kansas City sweet cause, South Carolina mustard sauce, Alabama white sauce, and a brown Texas molasses sauce.

Manning the kitchen is Kevin Fullerton, whose family has a long history of barbecue in Atlanta. He grew up in the family business, Stump and Sons catering, and some of you may recognize his uncle, Dave Poe of Sam & Dave’s and Dave Poe’s BBQ in Marietta.

I’m of the belief that we can never have too much barbecue in this town, let’s hope this is a good addition to the ‘cue landscape.

11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. 3100 Highland Parkway, Smyrna. 404-792-9388,
- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog

36 comments Add your comment


August 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

For barbeque in Smyrna, I’d rather have Old South BBQ. I first ate there in the early 80’s; delicious stuff.

Local Resident

August 25th, 2011
3:34 pm

I’m looking forward to the restaurant opening; but they’re going to have a horrible problem with parking. That shopping plaza is very tiny with a limited number of parking spaces.

buckhead reader

August 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

I don’t understand the name. Am I missing something? Why not Smyrna BBQ–or just open the place in Buckhead. We have a ton of available restaurant space.


August 25th, 2011
3:42 pm

Nah…I will just stick with Jim N’ Nicks


August 25th, 2011
3:48 pm

Looking forward to trying it out, since it will be close. They are gonna have to be really good to get us to frequent them since Jim N’ Nick’s is just down the road and one of our favorites.

Smyrna dweller

August 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

Hottie Hawgs is great….located very close to the South Cobb and Bolton Rd intersection. I like it much better than Jim N’ Nicks.

Jackson Gibbs

August 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

Why is it called Buckhead BBQ if it’s in Smyrna?


August 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

“Why is it called Buckhead BBQ if it’s in Smyrna?”

Well, would you drive out there to eat at Smyrna BBQ?

CrossFitter in Smyrna

August 25th, 2011
4:18 pm

Good luck to you guys and welcome to smyrna!!


August 25th, 2011
4:34 pm

Check out Ebony & Ivory in Smyrna (871 Concord Rd. right off South Cobb Dr.) for delicious, reasonably priced barbeque take out. You won’t be disappointed.

BBQ Gourmand

August 25th, 2011
4:44 pm

@ CrossDresser in Smyrna: Don’t get too excited…it won’t last long. There is no up-market crowd in Smyrna.

Alto 2

August 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

To The Real Foodie: It was Aunt Fanny’s Cabin, remember? Good food.


August 25th, 2011
5:24 pm

First, I don’t want to eat in Smyrna at a place called “Buckhead”. Second, if you are want BBQ in Smyrna, you won’t do better than Old South BBQ. Joy even gives hugs.

Gimme a Break

August 25th, 2011
6:28 pm

Why do merchants continue to think that adding “Buckhead” or “Vinings” to the name somehow makes it good or upscale. Give me Old South BBQ or Thompson Brothers. And, it “Highlands” Parkway.


August 25th, 2011
6:43 pm

off topic.. i miss uncle buds.


August 25th, 2011
6:49 pm

Welcome to Smyrna. You have some serious competition ’round here. While we have our local favorites, we will give you a try. Keep it fresh and don’t underestimate the importantance of your sides.


August 25th, 2011
7:18 pm

it will last 18 months. you can get authentic barbeque at Old South.


August 25th, 2011
8:09 pm

After reading this column regarding the menu and contemplating the name, I give it less than a year.

In Smyrna its Old South BBQ and always will be. Thompson Bros is also good.

The BEST in Georgia is Fresh Air BBQ in Jackson. Since 1929 the mother church of Georgia BBQ.


August 25th, 2011
8:23 pm

I’ll give them a try! Actually, that part of town is unincorporated Smyrna…so is most of Vinings. It’s really quite close to Atlanta, geographically. Glad this area will have more BBQ!


August 25th, 2011
8:28 pm

@Jackson Gibbs and buckhead reader It’s called Buckhead because nobody wants to travel to Smyrna and Buchead makes it sound upscale and the reant is cheaper there.Kind of like some people who live in Smyrna but say they live in Vinnings


August 25th, 2011
9:14 pm

Old South is going to be a deal breaker for them, I believe.


August 25th, 2011
10:22 pm

Looks like a real interesting menu – saw it on Facebook. Will be nice to have a place that offers traditional BBQ along with other items for people that might want something else. Looking forward to trying them.


August 25th, 2011
10:32 pm

I really like the food from Wilburs. You must go to one of his events to try it though.


August 26th, 2011
3:11 pm

So, is Old South that place on Windy Hill? Never ate there, but thought about stopping in.

Typical Redneck

August 26th, 2011
3:35 pm

Fresh Air ” the mother church of Georgia BBQ”. Yeah right.


August 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

I like a COLD BEER with my pulled pork/slaw sammich. Call me a sinner if you wish….that rules out Fresh Air.


August 26th, 2011
5:23 pm

I’m telling you anyone can smoke a hunk of pork, me included. The difference in BBQ restaurants is the sauces, ribs, sausages and sides among other offerings. Some of these new BBQ places are priced too high to cover their supposed upscale ambience and location expenses. Don’t be trucking in no meat from another location!!!


August 26th, 2011
11:42 pm

Geezzz…tough crowd. They’re starting a new business and putting some people to work. I’m rootin’ for ‘em. There’s room in this town, be it Buckhead or Smyrna, for more BBQ! Might even rival Old South…I’ll try it.


August 27th, 2011
11:15 am

Another sugar/corn syrup laden bbq sauce, no doubt. Why does every southern food have to contain massive quantities of sugar? Oh, right, just look at their waist sizes.

MMMMMMmmm. Foood

August 27th, 2011
11:40 am

Edward, Go back to veganville


August 28th, 2011
7:56 am

It’s interesting that so many people can judge a restaurant (and its sauces) before it has even opened its doors. Refusing to try a new restaurant just because a you like another one is pretty closed minded. You had to have tried the restaurant you love so much for the first time, right? At any rate, good luck the new venture guys.

a connoisseur, not a snob

August 29th, 2011
8:54 am

they can call themselves idaho pig factory for all i care. if it’s convenient and in my price range, i’ll give them a try. it could be better than old south and jim n nicks and still fail as a business because of snobs like those that have posted on this blog. good job.


August 29th, 2011
9:13 am

I’ll try it when they open..They are right near me at work, so worth the trip..As others have mentioned, Old South rules in Smyrna..

@Smyrna dweller..Hottie Hawgs BBQ is good, but I found their sides to be lacking..Guess it might of just been me?

@SWAB..If you are by there, yes you should stop inat Old South..The food is good, the service is good..The place is small and the parking isn’t all that great, but I think you might enjoy it..Never hurts to try huh?


August 29th, 2011
11:45 am

Old South has indeed seen off many competitors over the years (Champ’s was one, and that place in the green and white building in the hole across South Cobb was another), but really, this place is a good four miles away from Old South. Buckhead’s location is much closer to that unaccountably popular Jim-n-Nick’s, which helped kill Atlanta Ribs some months back.

There’s another little barbecue place in Old South’s shadow called StaQs. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but their barbecue and slaw served on a waffle with maple syrup really is worth a try.

Anyway, good luck to ‘em, and let us know when they’re open, Jon.


August 29th, 2011
4:16 pm

@MarieLetsEat..First time that we went to Atlanta Ribs, they messed our order up..Nothing major, but the manager offered to comp our meal..NO thatnks, it wasn’t that much of a screw up..I have also tried StaQs..It’s ok, just a tad further than I want to drive for lunch each day..


September 1st, 2011
5:04 pm

“I’d rather have….” “it’s not as good as….” “the sauce is full of sugar!” Are you kidding? The place isn’t even open yet and you’ve already got 20ppl throwing out their idiotic, over-inflated opinions! For the record, more BBQ is always a good thing (well, unless it’s Shane’s). Welcome, Buckhead BBQ Co. I’ll be stopping by soon….just don’t hold back on the portions!