This place was a definite letdown. Plenty of small plate options and plenty of misses. Too much salt and some dishes were well over-cooked. The grilled octopus was rubbery and the service missed every beat they possibly could have.
Lorenzo, i'd put Smoke Ring's meat on par with anyone else in town, but i'd say their sides ('specially the mac and cheese) and extended menu are a couple notches above. their bar program is WAY better than any of the other BBQ spots in town and it's just so damn nice inside...so much more comfortable than Fox. great spot to catch a game.
i've been pretty underwhelmed by Fox Brothers every time i've been, though (i would say Daddy D's and Commnity Q are both better), so we might have different tastes.
Went this past weekend and the pig sty nachos were EVERYTHING!!!!
Sides, apps, drinks--whatever. What I want to know is how their beef and pork compares with Fox Brothers, which is not all that far. Obviously if one finds himself in Castleberry Hill or downtown with no motivation to venture far, this place sounds like a solid choice. But my question is whether it destination-worthy barbecue like Fox Bros.? Can anyone answer?
The place certainly smelled great from outside the couple of times I passed by, but I haven't had a chance to stop in yet.
Great food, yummy drinks and perfect atmosphere who could ask for anything more! Oh and the staff and owners are great people who make you feel like you're right at home. Go visit if you haven't you won't be disappointed.
Great, great food. I have been there 3 times. The smoked chicken wings rock. The ribs and pork are great. For sides, I have only had the mac and cheese, the thrice creamed corn and the bacon and blue cheese potato salad. The first 2 are awesome, the 3rd one isn't bad but doesn't match up to the first 2. Great addition to Atlanta BBQ!
NYE Party at Smoke Ring with Sweet Auburn String Band. Come hang!
I could seriously live on their deviled eggs fried green tomatoes.
Love pork belly.
The Gorgeous One loves pork belly.
I love their food (only been to heirloom) but agree that some of the dishes and sauces are way to sweet, which has limited my weekly trips to occasional visits. Please - less sugar!!
I have to agree with "cloyingly sweet." It also happens with some of the Korean influenced items at Heirloom. Doesn't keep me from going to either place but I find myself with limited menu items. Overly sweet dishes tend to monopolize my taste buds, altering how I taste other things.
also what is up with the olive/lemon zest chode?
@Lorenzo you don't want to eat warm water oysters raw
I would guess hot sauce Wesley.
BTW- how hard is it to have a reasonable web site? Kimball House uses most, if not all, of the available social media well-enough.
what's in the eye dropper on the oyster tray in the above pic?
BizarroBob, thanks - to clarify: the Thai is the shrimp dish with coconut, the Japanese is the black cod with tempura, the Provençal referrered specifically to the lobster with barigoule sauce, and the mussels could certainly be called French-ish, but they felt more "somewhat Spanish" to me. (I'm a fan, too - merely pointing out the diversity of flavor profiles on the menu.)
You're right; my bad. But my other critique stands.
Uh, not sure what he means about the Japanese influences, but pretty sure he mentions that the coconut dish was thai-flavored.
Not affiliated with the restaurant, but I am a fan. And having had five meals there now, I gotta respectfully disagree about the scattered menu thing. Moules à l'escabèche = provençal, not "somewhat-Spanish." Also, I can't really agree that coconut + cashew = Japanese. Geez, get your cultural references right at least!
I did get some nice coconut milk soap last time i was in Marseilles though!
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