REVIEW: Moonie’s Texas BBQ, Flowery Branch, Hall County
What’s the best recommendation a foodie can get? When a chef says “you’ve got to try” [insert name of restaurant here]. Now, do you think you’d go try that restaurant? Well, of course you would!
So, when Chef Nicholas St. Clair put a bug in my ear and told me we just HAD to try Moonie’s Texas BBQ, I just couldn’t wait. Moonie’s Texas BBQ is old skool – a humble building, a fantastic mix of classic and Southern rock, and disposable plates and cutlery. There’s even a slow-moving river out back so, if you really are feeling the vibe, sit at the stone table out back and enjoy the view while Creedence plays “Green River”.
I think we got a nice sampling between the three of us – ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork for the meats. On the side; we got Mac N Cheese, Creamed Corn, Brunswick Stew, and Potato Salad.
You might ask what is “Texas” BBQ? Well, it might have just a little kick to remind you that Jason Martin and his clan hail from the Lone Star state. For me, the heat is subtle. For the ladies, it’s a little more pronounced. Laurie thought the Mac N Cheese was spicy, I really didn’t notice. There was a definite kick in the Brunswick Stew – enough for Melanie to mention in every bite, but not enough for her not to enjoy most of it. I did come to the rescue on the second half of it. Miss Melanie enjoyed the Creamed Corn but wasn’t a big fan of the Potato Salad while I thought it was darn good for not being mustard-based.
We judge BBQ on ribs and these are some of the finest that you will find anywhere in Atlanta. In fact, I’ve got to figure who I’m going to boot to get Moonie’s Texas BBQ into our list of Atlanta’s Top 10 BBQ Places. That meat falls right off the rib. The KCBS says that there should be just a slight tug to remove the meat from the bone, and that tug is ever so slight. The flavor is so spot-on, it’s a crime to put sauce on these ribs – they’re that good.
The smoked chicken and pulled pork aren’t far behind in flavor but gave me a chance to try the sauces from the table. The one labeled Carolina Mustard lives up to its name, but I was hoping for more of a vinegar bite that the Carolina’s are known for. Melanie says there was vinegar in the Texas Red, but if there was it wasn’t enough for me. The Spicy was too hot for the girls but man, I was digging it like crazy.