This coming Sunday, Parade magazine celebrates barbecue. Writer John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, charts the phenomenon, which he credits to Americans’ growing respect for traditional food. And nothing is more traditional than barbecue.
Edge visits Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, where hundreds of hungry fans line up daily and greet the 11 a.m. opening with cheers.
The magazine, which can be found in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution also asked food critics across the country to name their favorite new places, resulting in our list of the 17 best new barbecue restaurants in the U.S.
Among them is Heirloom Market BBQ, which, of course, is one among the 50 restaurants named to the AJC’s Spring Dining Guide. Here is the capsule review:
Heirloom Market BBQ
Few American cuisines are as unchanged and rooted in tradition as barbecue. Therein lies much of its appeal — something about smoked meat strikes a primal chord in many of us — and leaves little room for innovation. Heirloom Market BBQ breaks that mold, and Atlanta is better off for it.
Cody Taylor, a Tennessee native, and Jiyeon Lee, a former Korean pop star-turned-chef, fuse their cultural influences with dishes like slow-smoked pork topped with kimchi coleslaw and create a unique breed of nouveau ‘cue. Their resumes include stints at Repast, the Ritz-Carlton and Restaurant Eugene, so they bring an inventiveness to the art of barbecue that’s rarely seen.
The seating is limited and the barbecue popular, so be prepared for a line, but know that it will be worth it. (JW)
Here is the full list list:
Atlanta — Heirloom Market BBQ.
Baltimore — Kloby’s Smokehouse
Birmingham — Saw’s Soul Kitchen
Boston — Sweet Cheeks Q
Charlotte, N.C. — Bobbee O’s BBQ
Chicago — Lillie’s Q
Dallas — Lockhart Smokehouse
Cleveland — Old Carolina Barbecue
Denver — Russell’s Smokehouse
Houston — CorkScrew BBQ
Kansas City, Mo. — Jon Russell’s Kansas City Barbeque
Los Angeles — Bludso’s BBQ
Miami — Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue
Portland, Ore. — Podnah’s Pit
San Diego — Coop’s West Texas BBQ
Seattle — Maximus/Minimus
Washington, D.C. — The Garden District
Get readers hungry for this weekend’s issue of Parade!