Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

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.

Breakfast, Old Hickory House, Nortlake, Tucker, DeKalb
Breakfast, Old Hickory House, Northlake, Tucker, DeKalb

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.

Brunswick Stew, Old Hickory House, Nortlake, Tucker, DeKalb
Brunswick Stew, Old Hickory House, Northlake, Tucker, DeKalb

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.

Chopped Pork Plate served with a side of pickles and coleslaw, Old Hickory House, Northlake, Tucker, DeKalb
Chopped Pork Plate served with a side of pickles and coleslaw, Old Hickory House, Northlake, Tucker, DeKalb

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!

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  1. Trish
    January 9, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    My mom “Carol” was a very hard working waitress at the Old Hickory house since I was little, she had many beloved customers who would come and see her on a regular basis and became, family. While she is now passed on, what you say is true in your article, the servers are there for up to 20 and 30 years and just one month shy of her death at the age of 72, my mother was still working there. Good food and staff and customers are family!

  2. January 10, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Thank you so much for sharing about your mom. I love it to hear such things about relationships between servers and diners. It really ticks me off when someone is unkind to their server or refuses to tip well. It is heartwarming to hear such a wonderful story and it brightened my day! -=Randy

  3. Leslie
    January 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Hickory House provided catering for the press box at Tech home games.As my grandfather worked in the press box, I also share sweet memories of BBQ and the Jackets.

  4. January 10, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Awesome! Go Jackets!

  5. Valissa Asbey
    January 10, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I love Old Hickory House. Back in the days we would go to the one on Memorial Dr in Decatur. Now every chance my mom and I get we are there at Northlake location.

  6. January 10, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks, Valissa for your comment.

  7. Kerry Marchman
    January 12, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I have been eating at The Hickory House since I was 5 years old, I’m 55 now. Your mother Carol was a true jewel of a person. I miss her greatly,
    as I’m sure you do too. I loved her laugh, and she performed her job
    flawlessly! I’ve eaten BBQ all over the South, and I’ve found none I like
    better. I agree with you totally Atl. Food Critic, trendy comes and goes,
    but the Hickory House is an institution that needs to live on!

  8. January 12, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Kerry, We couldn’t agree with you more! This restaurant always seem to have a crowd for lunch and breakfast. I have a feeling they’re going to be around for a while.


  9. Anderson
    May 16, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Here via Marie, Let’s Eat. Thanks for publicizing this great Atlanta treasure. I hope more of the food bloggers in Atlanta talk about the Old Hickory House and it stays with us for a long time to come.

  10. May 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Thanks for the comment and please thank Marie Let’s Eat! As you can tell, Old Hickory House is one of my favs from childhood and I still do business meetings there several times a year. It’s not fancy, its not trendy, but it darn good BBQ! -=Randy

  11. Linda Moore
    September 5, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I worked in Dunwoody for years and would go to the Hickory House at least once or twice a week. Can’t believe they closed it because it was always packed! Would love to have a Hickory House in the Alpharetta, Cumming area. We are in dire need of good BBQue in this area. Nothing better than Hickory House!!

  12. January 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    l Ralph Crittenden was raised in north west Atlanta Ga about a mile
    from the old hickory house on north side dr. Im now 71 years old
    remember it just like it was yesterday i moved to Greenville S.C. in 1978
    after finding out that the north side dr closed and the one on buford hwy closed i was heart borken but a friend emailed me the
    brunswick stew i found out that it wasn’t closed compleatly made me happy ill be there in a few weeks

  13. Leah S Klein
    December 17, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I love the Old Hickory House. I used to go there when I was in high school and after I got married and moved to New York and had children, I would bring Brunswick Stew back to them home with me on the plane. I am now making it myself and trying to duplicate their recipe. It brings back such great memories.

  14. MaidMirawyn
    February 22, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I used to work in that shopping center with the Hickory House, from 1992 until 1995. Terri, I remember your mom Carol! Always so nice.

    I live in Gwinnett County now, but we still go to Hickory House at least a couple of times a year. Still as delicious as ever!

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