Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Atlanta GA

Today’s entry is going to be a short one because, for the first time ever, and hopefully the last, I deleted the final-and-only draft of the darn thing.

So anyway, last month, my son and I went to visit Sweet Auburn Barbecue at its home in Poncey-Highlands. It had opened four months previously, in the former home of the popular Pura Vida. There’s plenty of parking available across the street, and also a great big beautiful magnolia tree, whose leaves will keep a three year-old occupied while his old man shoots photos of the business. Inside, there are fried pimento cheese wontons. These are amazing.

In a tragedy almost equal to deleting the wrong dang article from my Gmail drafts, I enjoyed four of these, and my son enjoyed one, and the floor got the sixth. Dadblamed kid, I’d have eaten it. I’d have loved to have eaten it. I’m in full agreement with Burgers, Barbecue and Everything Else: these are amazing.

I was already familiar with the pulled pork from my first visit to this place’s original location in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and a couple of subsequent stops by one of their food trucks. I think this is easily some of the best pulled pork in the Atlanta area. The stew was pretty good if nothing special; skip it in favor of the pear cole slaw, which is really interesting. The fries and the house-made pickles were fantastic. My son had about half my fries and a side of really good “420 Barracho” baked beans. And one wonton. One. *sob

I had more to say. I trust that you’ll agree that it would have been incredibly insightful, whatever it was. Sweet Auburn is one of the city’s best. You should absolutely go for a visit soon.

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You can see all the barbecue restaurants that we have visited for our blog (more than 280!) on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s terrific for anybody planning a barbecue road trip through the southeast!

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6 thoughts on “Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Atlanta GA

  1. I bought a Scoutmob deal for Sweet Auburn BBQ recently and I can’t wait to go try those delicious little wontons!

  2. I’ve been to Sweet Auburn twice now (I live in Poncey Highlands) and have been impressed both times! Haven’t tried the pimiento cheese wontons yet but had the Southern Seoul sandwich which was fantastic. And OMG go for the brunch. $25 gets you bottomless mimosas (and bloody marys if you ask) and a brunch buffet that includes a variety of things off the menu as well as eggs benedict with smoked pork and biscuits, french toast and bacon. It was amaaaaazing!! Love your site!

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