Sweet Auburn Barbecue
Barbecue-loving Atlanta locals can all agree that Sweet Auburn is one of the most underrated barbecue joints in town. Howard Hsu's one-time namesake food truck is now one of Atlanta's brick-and-mortar bastions for Asian-inspired, Memphis barbecue. That's right, we're talking Memphis-style sandwiches like the King of Memphis Melt, Korean-inflected sandwiches like the Southern Seoul, Memphis baby back ribs, Pimento Cheese Wontons (<em>with bacon marmalade</em>), and a Sweet Auburn Taco Plate with a hodgepodge of cuisines (Southern, Mexican, and Korean) piled onto one plate.
Asian-influenced barbecue is a delicious combination at this Poncey-Highland eatery. Siblings Howard and Anita Hsu grew up in the restaurant industry and know how to make bellies happy with creative dishes like coconut lemongrass wings, barbecue nachos topped with pulled pork, charred corn, and queso fresco, and pimento cheese wontons served with a Thai chili sauce. When it comes to meats, you can’t go wrong with the Curb Market spare ribs (in Wu Tang sauce) or the house-smoked brisket.