Twin Smokers BBQ, Atlanta GA

I think at this point, a little skepticism about many of the newer barbecue restaurants to open in Atlanta might be reasonable. Over the last eighteen months, we’ve seen several upscale places with more corporate muscle than family tradition behind them break ground, with executive chefs rather than pitmasters, owned by restaurant groups with a portfolio of concepts. I’m not calling that a bad thing, just that an eyebrow might genuinely be raised. In the case of Twin Smokers BBQ, I’m glad to say that I think that they’re doing a couple of things correctly enough that even the most cynical among us might leave a little satisfied. Continue reading “Twin Smokers BBQ, Atlanta GA”


Marie’s Go-To Chili

This is Marie, contributing an article about one of my go-to recipes, chili. Yes, I know, everyone has their own chili recipe, and that is kind of the point. This is one of those foods that you don’t actually follow any kind of instructions for, beyond making sure it has some kind of sauce, some kind of beans, and some kind of powdered pepper. Continue reading “Marie’s Go-To Chili”

Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs, Marietta GA (take two)

A few weeks ago, I looked back at some of our earliest posts and was depressed by the really, really poor photography across the board. One of the most depressing moments was seeing the awful pictures that accompanied our 2010 chapter about Brandi’s, the little hot dog stand that’s only open 25 hours a week. Continue reading “Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs, Marietta GA (take two)”

Rocco’s Pub, Marietta GA (CLOSED)

We’ve written many times before that we’d rather not linger on negative reviews, and if we visit a joint that’s just pretty good but otherwise uninspiring, we’d just as soon not spend the energy and time on it. But Rocco’s Pub is an unusual case. This is a joint that was once very good indeed, and took a sharp right turn into mediocrity around the time that we started blogging, and is now, perhaps, bobbing above the quality line again. Continue reading “Rocco’s Pub, Marietta GA (CLOSED)”

Rick’s Smokin’ Pig, Gainesville GA

In the previous chapter, I explained that there are five barbecue restaurants in the Gainesville area that I wanted to try, two of which had some prior press that I had noticed. The second of these was Rick’s Smokin’ Pig, which admittedly has not had very much hobbyist coverage – it has only been open for three years – but the hobbyist who brought it to my attention it was the indefatigable Chopped Onion. A fellow could eat very well just visiting the wonderful places that this site features*. Continue reading “Rick’s Smokin’ Pig, Gainesville GA”

Blue Ash Chili, Cincinnati OH

We finished up in Miamisburg and made our way back to the hotel in Dayton, where the next order of business was doing something about this hunger-striking baby. He was not interested in eating or drinking anything until we got back to the room and he had some prime rambunctious time and, once Marie got back from work, he agreed to a bottle and some attention from her. We could tell that he was not feeling his best; separation anxiety and strange surroundings didn’t help much. We gave him a good break, food, and lots of love, packed and loaded the cars, checked out and made our way south. Continue reading “Blue Ash Chili, Cincinnati OH”