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Bone Lick BBQ opens tomorrow in West Midtown

Bone Lick BBQ opens tomorrow, Aug. 14. photo:

Bone Lick BBQ opens tomorrow, Aug. 14. photo:

Just recently, the team of Alex Friedman, Keiran Neely and Michael LaSage took ownership of Pizzeria Vesuvius and opened the Edgewood Speakeasy. Tomorrow they will open Bone Lick BBQ in West Midtown. The trio are also behind P’cheen International Bistro.

The new 2700 square foot barbecue spot grew out of P’cheen’s popular Monday Night Bone Lick BBQ by Mike LaSage. It will offer a quick counter-service lunch and a full-service dinner. Monday night favorites from P’Cheen like the Pulled Pork Sammy, The Austin-tacious brisket sandwich and the Failed Hunter vegetarian sandwich will still be available. But also look for new items like homemade beef jerky and sausage, cured hams and specialty bacon.

In a press release, LaSage said, “We’re not going for your typical barbecue restaurant.” You’ll see that in the dinner menu with items like spicy deep-fried boiled peanuts, smoked pepper pork rinds and a house-made “redneck charcuterie” plate with jerky, bacon, deviled ham Coca-cola jelly and pimento cheese.

Meat and veggie combos allow diners to mix and match items like pecan smoked chicken, sliced brisket, spare ribs and Yucatan-style barbecued red snapper with sides like pork-braised collards, cider slaw, fried okra and tater tots.

And check out the dessert menu: funnel cake, maple-bacon cotton candy made tableside and boozy peaches.

In an effort to feature as many local brands as possible, Bone Lick BBQ will have only Georgia beers on tap and will offer Georgia wines. The beer selection will include familiar favorites and a large American craft brew selection with many local options. The spirit selection will focus on small batch American whiskey and a moonshine selection similar to P’cheen’s.

The press release describes Bone Lick’s decor as having “kitschy, vintage flair” and as “a mix of 50s diner meets your neighborhood barbecue joint.” The space, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, will include an antique skee ball machine, vintage refrigerators, a bathtub filled with beer behind the bar, and a jukebox with selections chosen by friends, family and investor (and actor) David Cross.

Bone Lick BBQ is located at 1133 Huff Road at Apex West Midtown. Both street and deck parking are available. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

28 comments Add your comment

Justin Observer

August 13th, 2012
3:33 pm

I find the location of this establishment in West Midtown, plus its very suggestive name, bordering on taboo, to be highly…. interesting.

I think I will take My Lady there.


August 13th, 2012
4:43 pm

5 NAPKINS BURGERS AND TABLE 1280 closed today!! :(

Brendan Spaar

August 13th, 2012
5:58 pm

That sandwich looks delicious! Interesting to see that David Cross is an investor! Arrested Development fans will probably flock to this restaurant!

Jenny Turknett

August 13th, 2012
8:12 pm

Dan, you’re right. Although, Table 1280 says it will reopen with the symphony season. You’ll see a post about those two and more tomorrow morning.


August 14th, 2012
3:11 am

I’ve loved the BBQ at P’cheen on Monday nights, it has always been a favorite. Now I will look forward to trying Bone Lick.


August 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

Can’t wait to try this place, walked by yesterday after leaving Corner Tavern. So glad they are putting some real food places in my neighborhood!

BBQ Baby

August 14th, 2012
3:01 pm

Also, David Cross’s sister Wendy Cross who owns WOW! Food Truck is also an investor. They even have the WOW! Truck’s smoked pork arepa on the menu!

Falcons Girl

August 14th, 2012
4:17 pm

5 Napkin Burger was disgusting and overpriced, glad this place can take their business.


August 14th, 2012
5:01 pm

Fresh Air BBQ
Jackson, GA

Since 1929 the Mother Church of Georgia BBQ.

Barney Frank

August 14th, 2012
5:03 pm

Where else but Midtown would you find a restaurant called “Bone Lick” !

Can’t wait to try it out !

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August 15th, 2012
2:09 am

This is exciting … I live within walking distance of this restaurant! Can’t wait to try them this week.
One more restaurant to add to the growing landscape of new restaurants in Midtown West. ;)


August 15th, 2012
2:42 am

Ok, I’m all for more BBQ. But restaurants that think piling higher makes it a better eating experience are crazy. The pictured sandwich will explode into your lap when you bite it. Go out, not up!

Typical Redneck

August 15th, 2012
9:02 am

I agree SkeeterMan. That sandwich doesn’t look all that good to me.

yup. agree it's too high

August 15th, 2012
12:03 pm

drive 40 mins up I-75 to Cartersville, try Scott’s Walk Up Barbecue. or SWUB, for good cue.
no, I don’t own the place. I just love good ‘cue.


August 15th, 2012
12:13 pm

“5 NAPKINS BURGERS AND TABLE 1280 closed today!! :( ”–Dan

I am not surprised. What a stupid name for a Hamburger joint, “Five Napkins…”
(even if the food was excellent, you have to attract people first)

KISS= Keep It Simple Stupid! :-)


August 15th, 2012
12:26 pm

Except I was at the symphony a few weeks ago and 1280 was closed. Huge points lost since they never bothered to put it on thier web page, thus making us scramble to find a place to eat before the show. I dont care how good the food is, if you simply can’t communicate your hours, you dont deserve my money.

going down south

August 15th, 2012
12:56 pm

“West” yes, Midtown, nada… the area east of Howell Mill and west of 75/85 might be in the “middle” of town, sorta, but it’s not “Midtown” by any stretch. kinda like the glomming onto the Vinings name by the all the OTP places that are truly Smyrna. Take pride in Smynings and whatever this area should be called.


August 15th, 2012
1:24 pm

Sorry, That would be ” Fresh Air BBQ” been doing it since the 20’s.

Hot Sauce

August 15th, 2012
1:48 pm

In the words of Rev. Billy Gibbons..”Heavy on the meat and easy on the sauce!”


August 15th, 2012
2:04 pm

I live near this place…and you know how NYC has the SOHO area…that acronym stands for South of Houston, where Houston is a street and everyone knows where SOHO is. Jennifer should start a campaign to create a name for the west side of ATL. I’ll start the process with WOCO–West of Connector. Thoughts Jennifer and all?


August 15th, 2012
2:12 pm

Gotta agree with JB. Open Air rocks!!!!!!!


August 15th, 2012
2:13 pm


August 15th, 2012
8:13 pm

Fresh Air BBQ RULES !


August 17th, 2012
10:24 pm

Does this lame BBQ place in Podunk GA pay people to hijack every BBQ posting? I’ve eaten there. It’s OK, it is good ‘cue. But, there are many places just as good, or better, and don’t require driving to Bumf*** for a sandwich.


August 19th, 2012
9:43 am

Edward….I would imagine that the folks that live in Jackson don’t consider it Podunk? Fresh Air will do just fine without your sandwich purchase. What a Maroon! It is the South padner, we love to discuss Bar-B-Que. Go back above the Mason-Dixon where you belong.


August 20th, 2012
3:21 am

Balt, too bad you can’t get anything correct. I’m from the south, and the topic of this thread is Bone Lick BBQ from the P’cheen folks. I’ve simply noted that every time there is a post anyway related to BBQ, the same people hijack the thread with their lame posts about that lame BBQ place in some lame backwater town. It might be decent BBQ, but if that is how they advertise I want no part of it. And for the record, I will go any dang place I want and I don’t need your approval.


August 20th, 2012
8:32 am

OK Edward, stop stomping your feet like a little girl. You are from the South, you just don’t have the manners of same. Someone from the South would not refer to rural folks as living in lame, backwater, Podunk communities.