Atlanta Restaurant Reviews

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”.

Dining Room, Moonie's Texas BBQ
Dining Room, Moonie’s Texas BBQ

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 sauces
The sauces

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.

If you are looking for some FANTASTIC BBQ , and you’re anywhere near (but its worth the drive from almost anywhere), Moonies Texas BBQ is a sure fire thing! Guten appetit!

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8 Comments

  1. Marvin Myers
    July 29, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    How could you NOT get the brisket?!?! It’s what makes Texas bbq, AND theirs is fantastic! The cream corn is the best.

  2. July 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Marvin, You are spot on, dawg! I’m saving the brisket for the return visit! -=RC

  3. Gary
    July 29, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    The brisket is the star at Moonie’s

  4. July 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    So I am told! We’ll be back – SOON! -=RC

  5. Julie
    July 29, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    You missed the best part – the brisket!!!

  6. August 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    My restaurant is just a few miles south of Moonie’s in Buford-
    Bare Bones Steakhouse. My husband hand cuts every steak and splits the wood that we use in our wood fired grill. Maybe you can visit us? We’ve only been open since December 22, but we’re having a great time!

  7. August 2, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Gaye, hey you never who is going to show up, do you? RC

  8. Bobby
    August 17, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I got to this place once a week. LOVE!!! the food. Everything I’ve ever had there tasted great and don’t forget to grab a bone or two for your dog.

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