Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is more than just a barbecue joint, even though the ribs here really are something special. The unassuming, counter-serve in Morningside has a blues-centric theme, substantiated by the Mt. Rushmore-inspired mural featuring the faces of Muddy Waters and BB King, and live music every night. The smoky ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, smothered in Fat Matt’s signature sauce, and best served with a side of macaroni and cheese. Although you can order the famous sauce -- and t-shirts and stickers -- from the website, the barbecue and blues experience has been drawing diners from across the country since the '90s.
When Hartsock thinks of comfort food, he thinks of ribs that fall off the bone. “I almost don't want to say fall off the bone, because a lot of people don't really shoot for that. I mean, there's a fine line between fall off the bone and overdone, and I think Fat Matt's nails it,” says Hartsock. The barbecue joint in Morningside has been open since 1990 and is an Atlanta institution. There are zero frills, but the energy is high especially in non-pandemic times with a full slate of blues performers. Make sure to get the ribs. They’re currently open for takeout.