REVIEW: Old Hickory House, Northlake, Tucker, DeKalb
I’ve been a fan of Old Hickory House since my father used to take me to Georgia Tech games growing up. We’d stop by the Old Hickory House on Northside Drive (no longer exists), before every home game. There was also one in Dunwoody, but sadly that one has closed as well. The BBQ tastes just as good today as it did then even though I’m a few years older.
On this occasion, a business associate of mine and I met at our favorite meeting place close to his client’s office at the Old Hickory House on Northlake Parkway. We’ve probably met there close to a dozen times over the past several years and never had a bad meal there.
One of the things that you should know is that that there are staff that have been there a long time – some upwards of 20-30 years. I’ve mentioned this before in other reviews, but when you see this – it’s a really good sign that you are going to be treated well and your food will be great. The reason I say that is because people stay when they are happy in their work. When they are happy in their work, they do a great job. When they do a great job, you as the customer reap the benefits of that.
This morning was no different. My friend ordered breakfast with country ham, bacon and a poached egg. I was ready for lunch though and ordered the Chopped Pork Plate, a bowl of Brunswick Stew, a side of coleslaw and a side of pickles. The pork is second to none. I really like it chopped like that. Most places it’s simply pulled pork but I really, really like it chopped. I would say that the Brunswick Stew is second to none, but Melanie would kill me so I’ll preface that with “besides Melanie’s Brunswick Stew”, it’s second to none.
Long before there was trendy barbecue places in Atlanta, Old Hickory House was here. It’s not hip, it’s not trendy, but it sure is good eating. If you haven’t experienced it, you owe it to yourself. Guten appetit!