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Great BBQ & Great People

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On a whim, my family and I decided to head out and get some BBQ! Being in Georgia, BBQ places are everywhere and I must say, I’m not impressed with most.  You know what it’s like when you get that really good BBQ…. you don’t forget that!  Unfortunately, everyone in the south thinks they can make BBQ, and sadly they can’t.

We took a chance and went to Barbecue Street in Kennesaw.  Even though we had never been before, we had high hopes.

When we got there I liked the feel of the restaurant with all the cute decor and knick knacks.  The southern girl in me likes that sort of thing ;)  We were greeted by several girls working at the front and shown to our table.  The kids were given reindeer coloring pages and crayons to entertain them for a moment.  They were able to turn them in upon leaving and were displayed for everyone to see.

Looking at the menu, it seemed standard fare for a BBQ place.  Pork, Chicken, Beef, Ribs…. salads, baked beans, coleslaw.  We ordered and it was time to test this place out.

Our appetizer arrived first along with a salad. Was that blue cheese dressing homemade? Oh God…. yum.  Fried pickles, hand battered and fried to absolute perfection! With a giant bowl of ranch dressing.  I was really starting to think I would like this place.

The kids meals arrived . . .  giant sized corndogs with a huge mound of french fries!  The kids ate most of it and if you are a parent, I need not say anything else about that.  If your kids even touch a meal at a restaurant you are happy, much less eat the whole thing.  You multiply that by 3 and you can imagine how happy I was!

Rob and I split the Beef Brisket plate.  The meat was falling apart with the least amount of effort from my fork. Delicious!  With the “Sweet Onion” and “Georgia Sweet” BBQ sauces I mixed together to make a magical taste journey, I was in hog heaven.  This is the BBQ I wanted!

As we were leaving, we paid our bill and talked briefly to some of the workers.  Everyone was pleasant and gave me a card to follow up with the owners.  As we stood in the foyer for a minute to get the kids ready, the moment arrived when I knew this place was a jewel.  The cashier ran out to me and asked if I had dropped a $50 bill!!! Yes, fifty dollars that could have easily been pocketed and I would have not even known where I lost it.  The honesty and integrity of the workers speak volumes of this restaurant.

When you are in the mood for some yummy fried food and great BBQ, get to Kennesaw, GA and visit Barbecue Street!!!!  Tell them The Backstage Beat sent you!

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521 Kitchen and Que = Our Pick for Holiday Meat!

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521 Kitchen and Que is located in Atlanta off Roswell Road and is our pick for ordering your Holiday Meal this year, and dinner tonight!

Owned by local Atlanta couple, Drew and Roma Kirkland, this is by far one of the best BBQ’s we have been to.  One thing that strikes us in particular about this restaurant is their commitment to locally sourced and fresh food. Also, they are vegetarian and gluten free friendly. Vegetarian? A BBQ restaurant is vegetarian friendly? Yes, believe it or not, as Roma told us, there are quite a lot of  vegetarians that love to grab a bite at 521 Kitchen and Que.

As someone that works with my significant other, I loved the fact that the “521” in 521 Kitchen and Que is their anniversary date. Awe… Heart melts.

So, long story short; We sampled all the yummy goodies they have and for your holiday meals, do yourself a favor and let them cook it.

 

Must have picks:

Turkey – Moist and Delicious. All your guests will be impressed.

Kale Slaw – So delightful! It doesn’t have the bitterness you might expect from Kale. It is definitely worth getting

Baked Sweet Potato – Cooked perfectly, season with salt and pepper

Brisket – Melt in your mouth delicious!

Let’s just say that we loved everything we tried and we are certain you will too.

Go ahead and try them for lunch or dinner! While you are there,  place your holiday order! Do it quickly!

 

 

 

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Murphy’s Farmer’s Table Dinner Series Continues

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ATLANTA – Any frequenter of Murphy’s knows that each plate is made up of delicious ingredients, locally grown and thoughtfully prepared. To honor the sources of these ingredients, Murphy’s is excited to continue their Farmer’s Table Dinner Series. Already proven to be a fan favorite after a sold out dinner in June, the series will take place the last Wednesday of each month. Guests are invited to enjoy a multi-course meal highlighting local farmers and their contributions to Murphy’s menu.

The first dinner of the series, a successful “trial run”, took place Wednesday, June 24, 2015 and featured farmer Richard Kessler (“RJ”) from Planted Rock Farms. The 4-course dinner included wine pairings and a variety of summer-inspired dishes, thoughtfully prepared by Chef de Cuisine Ricky Navas. Guests also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with RJ and Chef Ricky.

The next dinner will take place Wednesday, July 29 and will be hosted by Geezer’s Farm out of Gurley, Alabama, where Farmer David Sisk will travel to Atlanta to join the feast.

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Melting Pot 1/4 Off the 4th!

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Midtown-Atlanta’s scrumptious Melting Pot will have a delicious 4th of July menu available–and it’s 1/4 off! Skip the grill on your holiday, because there will be a meal for everyone to enjoy aside from burgers and hot dogs. Personally, I’d get all over that watermelon and feta salad. And the Buffalo chicken.

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