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In barbecue circles, the student sometimes becomes the master. Such is the case with Robert Owens. He worked as general manager of Sam’s BBQ-1 in Marietta for five years, learning the trade, before finding a partner, Gregory Vivier (with whom Owens previously worked at One Midtown Kitchen and other Concentrics restaurants), and opening Grand Champion in Roswell in 2011.
If Heirloom Market didn’t sit just yards inside I-285, I would declare Community Q our best ITP barbecue joint. David Roberts—who created the infamous mac and cheese recipe using rigatoni, cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, and heavy cream while he was at Sam and Dave’s BBQ-1—and his partners run a bustling business in Decatur that always feels welcoming.
Since 2009, when they split their Sam and Dave’s BBQ empire that reset the bar for metro-area barbecue, Sam Huff and David Poe have been compared constantly by ’cue aficionados. Huff took the original East Cobb location; Poe claimed the space on the other side of Marietta that housed Sam and Dave’s BBQ-2.
Pow! The brazenly seasoned meats served by the Brothers Fox, Jonathan and Justin, throw punches right to the kisser—and the crowds roar for more. Its central location near Little Five Points and its over-the-top approach to barbecue add up to an always-packed hot spot where the parking lot is one continuous standoff.
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