In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Smoke Ring, the new downtown barbecue joint by 101 Concepts.
The restaurant occupies a lofty, highly styled and carefully rustic space designed to showcase a new side of barbecue. This is a spot where you can pull up a stool to the long wrap-around bar for a domestic craft beer or a creative cocktail made with Whistlepig rye whiskey or any number of brown spirits. It’s not your homey brisket barn. While you can get that paper-lined quarter sheet pan piled with some satisfying pulled pork and spare ribs, you can also fancy it up with pork belly sliders and brisket burritos. This is the place where the oft-neglected barbecue sides become the most interesting part of the meal. Welcome to gastro’cue.
I gave it a grade of 2 stars. Subscribers can read the full review on myajc.com.
–Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog