Bone Lick BBQ gets a three-star review from Jon Watson at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. The Westside barbecue joint was started by Mike LaSage after the success of the chef's stint selling similar Monday-only fare at Old Fourth Ward's P'cheen. Watson says that the food has traditional elements— he says the "cross-section of classic barbecue" can be found here— but is also influenced by the international background and refined palate of LaSage. It's spicy, too, and many of the dishes are denoted with a pig skull and crossbones to warn of their heat. The restaurant, according to the AJC, makes smoky, juicy, fun, flavorful, and innovative food but still manages the basics, the classics, well. The one flaw is consistency, presumably the only reason that Bone Lick wasn't awarded a higher score.
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