7. Mike LaSage
Wonderfully weird, amazingly talented, lovingly strange, and deeply eye-lined, the chef/owner of Bone Lick BBQ is a fixture in the local food world. Always on television (HLN, ATL & Co., etc.) or showing up at music festivals slinging pork from tent-covered smokers, Mike started at the dearly departed P’cheen as a sous chef, built a solid following with unbelievably good smoked wings, and started a restaurant with actor/comedian David Cross and his old P’cheen partners, where his creatively named/prepared comfort dish recipes rule. A musician himself, he also runs a late-night weekend BBQ pop-up out of Music Room on Edgewood, and regularly curses about things on his Facebook page. He’s one of us.