In Atlanta, the story of how Fox Brothers BBQ got their first real commercial break has been told many times – It was their weekly BBQ night at Smiths Olde Bar, serving pulled pork sandwiches and wings that paved the way for Fox Bros. as we know it today.
Well, the folks as Joystick Gamebar like the idea and have partnered up with a new start up, Illegal Food. After a string of successful pop-ups out of the Old Fourth Ward bar/retro arcade, they found a fit for a more formal partnership in Chef Steven Lingefelter and Laurie Dominguez’s Illegal Foods.
In a blog post on their website, Joystick owner Johnny Martinez says that they “love the idea of being an incubator for local food start-ups,” and that “the ultimate goal is for the businesses Joystick partners with to experience so much success that they have to leave the bar behind.”
Illegal Foods has been making regular appearances at Joystick over the past few weeks, but the partnership has been formalized to the point where their logo now appears on one of Joystick’s front windows. The menu draws from a lot of influences, including Asian, Latin American, American, and southern soul food. I have not had the chance to try it yet, but word on the street is that the chicken and waffles is a dish to be reckoned with.
Illegal Foods’ menu is available every night at Joystick Gamebar from 5 p.m. to close. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page here.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog