4. Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q
Brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox of Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q started their beloved barbecue business after feeding 250 people at a backyard house party. Soon after that party, the Texas-raised twins were catering seven days a week at Smith’s Olde Bar. Then, in 2007, they opened their DeKalb Avenue restaurant. More than a decade later, the party is still going—meaning you’ll almost always have to wait for a table.
The brothers’ brisket is legendary, but just as epic are their over-the-top barbecue offerings: the camp classic Frito Pie served in the actual bag, hickory-smoked jumbo wings dressed in homemade sauce, and a nine-inch, smoked beef rib that looks like something a caveman might devour. In 11 years, the brothers have managed to build upon their success with a line of barbecue and wing sauce sold at Whole Foods and other stores, a partnership with the Atlanta Falcons, and a second “Que-osk” location near SweetWater Brewing. The Foxes might be from Texas, but they’re essential architects of Atlanta’s barbecue scene.
1238 DeKalb Avenue, 404-577-4030, foxbrosbbq.com