REVIEW: Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q, Candler Park, Little Five Points, Atlanta, DeKalb
It’s been since Dec 2010 since we last reviewed Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q. [read our previous review] That’s just TOO DAGGONE LONG!!! We have been several times over those years, we just haven’t written about it. The thing about Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q is it always feels like we’re coming home and the classic rock tunes and blues will make you feel like hanging out. We heard some great music, but the food will make you close your eyes and dream!
We tried to go a few weeks ago, but getting anywhere near Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q during football season requires a helmet and pads. Even on this visit, I had to park almost four blocks away but my Apple Watch was happy to see me getting my steps in. Parking is limited and there is always, always a wait. This time though? They said 20-25 minutes but we hadn’t even waited 10-15 minutes before being sat.
Yes, Melanie and I are big fans of BBQ, so we try LOTS of BBQ places, but let’s face it – Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q sets the standard by which all others are judged. I think I was watching Atlanta Eats TV one day and saw The Tomminator and that’s kind of been stuck in my head. The Tomminator is a pile of tater tots, covered with Brunswick Stew and topped with melted cheese. Melanie calls it “evil”. I told her, “It looks like you like a little ketchup with your evil”. Enough said… we’re not here to count calories. This is an official CHEAT DAY.
When we got ready to order, we were told “sorry, we’re out of ribs”. My jaw dropped. My heart raced. That was all I could think about for 45 minutes driving here. Our server did offer two specials – Smoked Turkey and Smoked Jalapeño Sausage. I decided to do the PICK 2 Combo and chose the Pulled Pork and the Smoked Jalapeño Sausage along with the Brunswick Stew and the Frito Pie. Melanie had her little heart set on ribs. She ordered the Fried Ribs with Baked Beans and the Mac and Cheese. Just before our order came up though, our server returned and said “Guess what? We have more ribs ready!” so Melanie changed from the Fried Ribs to the regular Ribs. Our trip had somehow been salvaged and I was going to get my chance to try some ribs!
After The Tomminator, you wonder if you’ll want any more food. This appetizer is enough for 3-4 people to share and each get a nice taste. Split between two people, it’s a good-sized start to the meal, if not a meal in and of itself. I mentioned to Melanie “we could just have a salad and be done”. Her reply? “We didn’t come to eat salad.” AMEN! When our meal arrived though, all doubt was cast aside if we could eat more. The question was then, how much?
We’ve talked A LOT about ribs over our many BBQ reviews, but again – Fox Brothers has the consistent quality over the years of providing a knock-down, drag-out goodness that gives you a backyard flavor with falling-off-the-bone tenderness. This is a ZERO EFFORT rib, because when you bite into it, the meat just falls right off of a clean bone. It’s amazing beyond belief and if you put any kind of sauce on this, you are committing BBQ blasphemy. Same for the Pulled Pork. Sauce isn’t required – the meat is so tender and full of flavor that you just don’t need it – period.
The Frito Pie is another Fox Brothers invention that is a small bag of Fritos, throw in a spoonful of Brunswick Stew then top it off with grated cheese and diced red onions. Your cardiologist would be pissed, and it may sound like something a ten year old came up with, but it’s pretty darn good and unique to say the least.
The Brunswick Stew is a little different, which is not a bad thing. It’s got a tangy bite that I could do without but it was really good and I enjoyed every bit of it. Melanie’s Baked Beans were really good and she was very happy that they weren’t spicy or hot (a rarity nowadays). The Mac and Cheese was about the cheesiest you’ll find but by the time she got around to that, we were both done and the car seemed farther and farther away. I really didn’t care how many steps I was going to get. I was ready for a nap!
While BBQ joints cover the South like june bugs on a front bumper, few can compete with Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q. Don’t think that Jonathan and Justin Fox sit on their laurels though, because we see them out and about touting their BBQ at events in Atlanta and beyond. But hey, when you’ve got something this great, you want to tell the world. When it comes to BBQ in the ATL, you HAVE TO, I repeat HAVE TO, go to Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q. It’s certainly one of our MUST EAT at places in Atlanta – fo’ sho’. Guten appetit!