REVIEW: Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, Morningside, Cheshire Bridge, Atlanta
Frequent readers of our blog, understand our love of BBQ. Many of you have mentioned Fat Matt’s Rib Shack when we’ve reviewed other BBQ spots and BOY, now we know why! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is a foodie’s dream! An unpretentious location. A blues-centric theme. Food that rocks. When it seems like BBQ joints have gone “trendy” in Atlanta, Fat Matt’s Rib Shack stays true to it’s roots and they deliver the real deal direct to your table.
When we arrived, it was barely the dinner hour but parking was already at a premium and the line was out the door. It’s counter service, so you order and then you’re seated. We always have a great deal of anxiety when it comes to such places because I have this fear of standing there with food in our hands and not being able to find a place to sit. One thing in your favor though is that about half the people in line, are getting it for carryout. The other thing was that the guys inside were really good about getting tables cleaned off quickly and finding seats for everyone who wanted to dine in.
As if it were planned, a table became available just as we finished ordering and our food arrived “freaky fast”. When it comes to BBQ, we base our decisions on many factors but ribs have to come in pretty high on the list. The meat has to fall off the bone and leave a clean rib. If the meat is tough or you find yourself gnawing on the bone to get the meat off, it’s not done right. Fat Matt’s Rib Shack knows ribs. It doesn’t fall off the bone, it melts off the bone. That meat is so tender it’s crazy! Even when you get on the end where the cartilage is, the cartilage pops out cleanly from the meat. Really amazing stuff!
The chicken was so smoky, it was ridiculous. When restaurants claim “smoked chicken”, rarely does it taste this good and with such a rich, smoky flavor. You don’t really need the sauce, which I found to be very enjoyable but it was a little too tangy for Melanie’s tastes.
To top it all off, the sides were excellent. The potato salad was rich, creamy and the potatoes were done perfectly so that they just melted in your mouth. The Mac & Cheese was cheesy beyond belief! And the stunning comment from Melanie “this Brunswick stew is the best”. What she means is that is it’s the best next to hers, which is still a pretty awesome comment.
Our experience was that Fat Matt’s Rib Shack is a hands-down winner for BBQ in Atlanta. Great food, the staff totally looks out for you – it’s an awesome, authentic BBQ experience the way that barbecue was meant to be enjoyed. It’s on our list of MUST EAT places in Atlanta. Guten appetit!