Georgia's got a state flower (the Cherokee rose), and a state bird (the brown thrasher), but shockingly this BBQ-mad state doesn't have a state meat, even though it's obvious what it should be: brown thrasher. Just kidding! It should be pork, and after you check out our list of the six best new ways to eat pork in Atlanta, we're pretty sure you'll agree.
The 6 Best New Ways to Eat Pork in Atlanta Right Now
What you're getting: House-made Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato
The thick-cut Cheshire pork bacon on this sourdough-based sandwich is slow-smoked over black cherry wood and then given the sous-vide treatment for extra tenderness, resulting in a crispy, yet melty, texture that might ruin you for all other bacon.
Old Fourth Ward
What you're getting: The charcuterie board
The pork options abound in the lofty, exposed-brick Krog St space: their house-made meats include several expertly crafted salamis and prosciuttos, as well as a number of things you aren’t going to recognize as pork, including the lonzino (fermented, dried, and delicious pork loin) and grattons (aka “pork cracklins” here in the South). You want them all.
What you're getting: Balsamic Teriyaki Spare Ribs
The son of the biggest name in Asian-American food (cough, Benihana) has brought his Japanese-fusion flavor to Buckhead, including these sweet and savory ribs that are slow-braised in a pork broth and then given a hot sauce that burns just enough to let you know it’s there.
What you're getting: Sui Mai
A pork-spice blend steamed in a wonton wrapper is your new brunch staple... when you need a break from chicken & waffles, obviously. Those things, plus mimosas, bellinis, and a powerful five-spice Bloody Mary are part of what make this Decatur fusion spot one of the city’s best new spots.
What you're getting: Italian sub
The newly launched Morningside deli brings with it a whole mess of cured Italian meats: capicola, salami, and mortadella are stacked with house-cured deli veggies to create the best sub you’ll have this year. Oh, and take one of their spectacular pizzas home for your after-sandwich snacking needs.
What you're getting: Pulled Cheshire Pork
Sauce or not, there’s enough moisture here for everyone, and the meat gets its flavor from being smoked over hickory and white oak (hence the name) in giant red smokers that are letting the rest of the city know that being in the tourist triangle doesn’t mean they can’t compete for the city’s best meat.
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This Buckhead joint serves some great sammies, be sure you try the House-made Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato with a craft beer ASAP.
The pork options are almost endless in the lofty, exposed-brick Krog St space. The house-made meats include several expertly crafted salamis and prosciuttos, plus things you aren’t going to recognize as pork, including the “lonzino”, (fermented, dried, and delicious pork loin), and “grattons” (aka “pork cracklins” here in the South).
This Japanese-fusion spot in Buckhead has must-try Balsamic Teriyaki Spare Ribs that're sweet and savory ribs that are slow braised in a pork broth, and then given a hot sauce that burns just enough to let you know it’s in charge.
Makan builds upon Chinese and Korean recipes with locally-sourced ingredients to create some seriously delicious Asian fusion comfort foods. Its ramen is rich and silky and its pork buns have an unmistakable touch of Southern charm in their pecan sugar topping. Aside from dinner, Makan also serves weekend brunch that's part dim sum, part ramen slurp-fest.
This NY-influenced pizza joint from Ron Eyester has stuffed rice balls, wine of tap, and, of course, glorious amounts of gourmet 'za.
Meat scientists installed two massive smokers at this Atlanta BBQ spot and used a proprietary blend of Texas mesquite and post oak for the perfect pink flavor ring. They’ve taken the best of all the US’s ‘cue, given it a dirty South twist, and piled it on a plate for you. Their slogan is something we should all live by, “BBQ Bourbon Atlanta”.