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Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta. Restaurant Review.

Fox? U-bet. And you could take DeKalb or a train or a bus instead of driving.

Many people around the United States are incredibly serious about barbecue — or BBQ or BarBQ — but I am not one of them. For me to actually agree to dine at a place that serves barbecue would be a shock for people who know me; but I completely trusted the suggestion from a native Atlantan to dine at the original location of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta — especially as I was not in the mood for anything fancy.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q in Atlanta. Restaurant Review.

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I was concerned that the dining establishment would be crowded — which it was — but we were able to get a table outside almost immediately on that incredibly gorgeous sunny day with low humidity.

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Each table had salt, pepper, packets of moist towelettes, ketchup, and three different types of sauces for the ’cue. There. I said it. ’Cue. Now to cue the ’cue.

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Side dishes of potato salad and spicy green beans were chosen to accompany this Half Rack of Spare Ribs, which was served on white bread. I did not try the ribs; but the person who ate them thought that they were quite tasty. I did try the spicy green beans, which were good — but I thought that the potato salad was rather bland. I always wondered why they are called spare ribs. Did the pig from where these ribs came have more than one set of ribs and could easily “spare” these ribs? $22.00

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The Beef Brisket comes either chopped or sliced; and it is Prime Certified Angus Beef. Macaroni and cheese — okay, mac & cheese — and Brussels sprouts with queso fresco were the two side dishes that were chosen. I did not try the macaroni and cheese; but the Brussels sprouts were good. $23.00

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The Beef Brisket sandwich was ordered sliced and not chopped. It was served on a brioche bun with sliced pickles. I truly enjoy pastrami or corned beef — both of which are from the cut of brisket of beef — in a Kosher delicatessen; but I never particularly cared for the beef brisket in a Kosher delicatessen. I have to say that despite my aversion to beef brisket, what was served on the sandwich was moist and quite tender — much more so than either corned beef or pastrami, of which this sandwich faintly reminded me. $16.00

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The interior of the restaurant was quite crowded as well. Of the four current locations, we dined at the original dining establishment.

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Final Boarding Call

I recommend dining at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, which has become a legendary tradition in Atlanta — either despite or because of the food based on Texas barbecue. The quality of the food was better than I expected; and the service was good. Dining outside in nearly perfect weather only enhanced the experience — and I certainly enjoyed being with the people who accompanied me.

The total cost of the meal that was highlighted in this article was $92.38 in United States dollars, which includes beverages, tax, and gratuity — which is not bad at all for three people.

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
1238 DeKalb Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
United States

Operating Hours
Sunday through Thursday: 11:00 in the morning until 10:00 in the evening
Friday through Saturday 11:00 in the morning until 11:00 in the evening

Free parking is available either at an adjacent parking lot or on the streets nearby. You can also take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority — or MARTA — train on the Green Line or the Blue Line to either the Inman Park Reynoldstown station or the Edgewood Candler Park station, as Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q is located between these two stations. MARTA bus routes 4, 6, and 102 will also take you within blocks of the eatery.

All photographs ©2024 by Brian Cohen.

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