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The Hottest New Barbecue Restaurants in Atlanta

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Barbecue is a Southern birthright, and there are plenty or restaurants around Atlanta serving up various styles of 'cue. This list isn't meant to highlight the city's old standards like Heirloom Market and Fox Bros. — we've taken care of that here — but instead to give some credit to newcomers on the local scene.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 521 Kitchen and Que

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4365 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 998-5459
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This restaurant opened last September in Buckhead, joining a crowded neighborhood scene. In addition to the smoked meats, 521 offers citrus-roasted chicken, braised brisket, and fried chicken. [Photo]

2. Bludso's bbq

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323 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 525-4969
The Compton, Calif.-based restaurant opened a Castleberry Hill location last December. Bludso's focuses on Texas-style 'cue. Look for plenty of brisket, beef ribs, and tips. [Photo]

3. Grand Champion BBQ

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99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Grand Champion has been operating in Roswell and Milton for years, but it's third location was one of the first stalls to open in Krog Street Market in December. The menu is simple, and the meat is sold by weight. [Photo]

4. Terminus City

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924 Garrett St SE Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316
Launched last Fourth of July, it's not really a barbecue restaurant, but more of a weekend to-go and catering operation operated out of Gunshow. It's no surprise that chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller are turning out some of the best chopped pork in town.

5. The Crafty Hog

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652 Concord Road
Smyrna, GA 30082
The Crafty Hog moved into the former Howard's Restaurant space in December. This place gets creative with dishes such as jalapeno-bacon popcorn, a Southern pickle fry, and smokey chicken buffalo dip. [Photo]

6. The Pig & The Pearl

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1380 Atlantic Dr NW Ste 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363
(404) 541-0930
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There aren't many restaurants that combine smokehouse and raw bar, but The Pig & The Pearl does it. Open since last July, The Pig serves traditional barbecue meats in addition to smoked duck, pastrami, and lamb. [Photo: Matthew Wong]

7. Tom, Dick & Hank

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191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
Tom, Dick & Hank originally opened as a roadside stand in Midtown and quickly expanded into a full-service restaurant in April. If the smoked meats aren't enough, the eatery boasts a view of Turner Field from its rooftop patio. [Photo]

8. Twin Smokers BBQ

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300 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 698-4707
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After opening in the Luckie Marietta District last December, Twin Smokers is in prime location to serve 'cue fans making their way Downtown. The restaurant boasts two Oyler 700 smokers that go by the names Elizabeth and Matthew. [Photo]

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1. 521 Kitchen and Que

4365 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
This restaurant opened last September in Buckhead, joining a crowded neighborhood scene. In addition to the smoked meats, 521 offers citrus-roasted chicken, braised brisket, and fried chicken. [Photo]
4365 Roswell Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342

2. Bludso's bbq

323 Walker St SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
The Compton, Calif.-based restaurant opened a Castleberry Hill location last December. Bludso's focuses on Texas-style 'cue. Look for plenty of brisket, beef ribs, and tips. [Photo]
323 Walker St SW
Atlanta, GA 30313

3. Grand Champion BBQ

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Grand Champion has been operating in Roswell and Milton for years, but it's third location was one of the first stalls to open in Krog Street Market in December. The menu is simple, and the meat is sold by weight. [Photo]
99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

4. Terminus City

924 Garrett St SE Ste C, Atlanta, GA 30316
Launched last Fourth of July, it's not really a barbecue restaurant, but more of a weekend to-go and catering operation operated out of Gunshow. It's no surprise that chefs Kevin Gillespie and Andreas Müller are turning out some of the best chopped pork in town.
924 Garrett St SE Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316

5. The Crafty Hog

652 Concord Road, Smyrna, GA 30082
The Crafty Hog moved into the former Howard's Restaurant space in December. This place gets creative with dishes such as jalapeno-bacon popcorn, a Southern pickle fry, and smokey chicken buffalo dip. [Photo]
652 Concord Road
Smyrna, GA 30082

6. The Pig & The Pearl

1380 Atlantic Dr NW Ste 14180, Atlanta, GA 30363
There aren't many restaurants that combine smokehouse and raw bar, but The Pig & The Pearl does it. Open since last July, The Pig serves traditional barbecue meats in addition to smoked duck, pastrami, and lamb. [Photo: Matthew Wong]
1380 Atlantic Dr NW Ste 14180
Atlanta, GA 30363

7. Tom, Dick & Hank

191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
Tom, Dick & Hank originally opened as a roadside stand in Midtown and quickly expanded into a full-service restaurant in April. If the smoked meats aren't enough, the eatery boasts a view of Turner Field from its rooftop patio. [Photo]
191 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd SW
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. Twin Smokers BBQ

300 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
After opening in the Luckie Marietta District last December, Twin Smokers is in prime location to serve 'cue fans making their way Downtown. The restaurant boasts two Oyler 700 smokers that go by the names Elizabeth and Matthew. [Photo]
300 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

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