Intown Barbecue 

Daddy d'z The dusty, hastily painted shack on the north side of Grant Park still packs in the crowds. Police officers, truck drivers, working class, white collar, black, white, gay, straight - all hunch together over plates piled high with sweet, savory barbecue and traditional sides. If you're feeling really hungry, try the rib and chicken combo.
264 Memorial Drive, Grant Park, 404-222-0206.

Harold's Prepare to be called "Honey" when you walk through the doors of Harold's Barbecue. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, newspaper clippings and a charcoal pit in plain view are what you imagine Boss Hogg may have sidled up to when he wasn't out chasing Uncle Jesse and the boys. Regulars come back again and again for the chopped pork, corn bread striated with cracklin' (yes, rendered pork skin) and robust Brunswick stew.
171 McDonough Blvd. 404-627-9268.

Pig-n-chik For those partial to North Carolina-style barbecue, this is the local destination. The chicken's good, but the pig is the sublime treat here. The lunch crowd lines up and squawks into cell phones until they reach the counter. Then they order a pulled pork sandwich glossed with vinegar-based sauce, or a satisfying half-rack of messy baby back ribs.
4920 Roswell Road (Fountain Oaks Shopping Center), 404-255-6368; and 3929 Peachtree Road, 404-869-0038. www.pignchik.net.

Rolling Bones This shiny spot transports you to a Technicolor 1955. There's even a drive-thru, which comes in handy 'cause parking can suck. The menu covers the smoky spectrum of meat, from beef brisket sandwich to half pit-grilled chicken to mesquite-smoked ribs. The sandwiches are chock full of so much meat that two slabs of Texas toast can't hold it all in.
377 Edgewood Ave. 404-222-2324. www.rollingbonesbbq.com.

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