A 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, www.facebook.com/BuckheadBarbecue.
- By Jon Watson, Food and More blog