Ebony and Ivory
Marcus “Ebony” Phillips and Victor “Ivory” Amato (as they identify themselves on the restaurant’s website) met while working at Dantanna’s CNN Center location and pooled their resources to open a takeout shack in Smyrna, next door to a Sherwin-Williams outpost. Home in on the smoked chicken wings, especially satisfying after a swipe through the peach barbecue sauce. Avoid the bland mac and cheese, but definitely order the surprisingly balanced Brunswick stew and dusky, piquant collards. The pair stray from the barbecue playbook by also offering crunchy fried catfish and oversized tacos, both of which are embellished with a nicely peppery take on mayonnaise-based, Alabama-style white barbecue sauce.