June Top 5 List- Best Barbecue
5- Fat Matt's. Personally, I think this place is overrated. The ribs are often more gristle than meat, the parking situation is atrocious, and when the band is playing you can't hear yourself talk. But it does offer some amenities. The Morningside location makes it easily accessible to numerous locations and it does have character.
4- Rolling Bones. A newcomer to the Atlanta barbecue scene, Rolling Bones specializes in Texas style barbecue. They are housed in a converted 1940 gas station on Edgewood Ave. near downtown. The full menu offers ribs, plates and sandwiches for eat in or take out, though the ribs are really their centerpiece. The meat is "fall-off-the bone" and the sauce is rich enough to please the most discriminating Texan.
3- Williamson Brothers. This Marietta-based barbecue joint has the look. From the road, you can see the smoke rising from the pit where they specialize in traditional Southern barbecue. And the wood-paneled exterior resembles something you would expect to find in rural Alabama (owners are from Taladega), than suburban Marietta. Their specialty is the sauce which they sell from their location and via numerous local retailers. The all you can eat special for $8.49 will leave you full for a week.
2- One Star Ranch (formerly Rib Ranch).The barbecue shack in the parking lot of the olf Rio Bravo has been a Buckhead mainstay for 20 years. Get a bucket of Lone Stars and the pork plate and you'll think you're in Texas! Add the 'Tub O' Rings' to add insult to injury.
1- Dusty's. Located at the corner of Briarcliff and Clifton near Emory, Dusty's specializes in Carolina style barbecue. While I admit this style of barbecue is an acquired taste, Dusty's does it about as good as anyone. With numerous vinegar-based sauces to augment your pulled pork, and of course the hushpuppies, Dusty's has earned the top spot in Steakhead's Best Barbecue list.
Of course, feel free to chime in if you're from Alabama and can't fathom why Dreamland didn't make the list, or for any other comments or concerns.