America's Best Cities for Barbecue
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No. 11 Atlanta
Hotlanta—which also made the top 20 for nightclubs and its singles scene— does not clearly pick sides in the BBQ debate, but tends to give classics a Georgia spin. One local favorite is Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, which serves ribs, chopped pork sandwiches, “rum” baked beans, and sweet potato pie, as well as nightly blues music. At Bone Lick BBQ, which started as a pop-up but now has a home in West Midtown, you can try the ménage à trois sampler (spareribs, Texas brisket, sausage) along with starters like fried pickles, boiled peanuts, and flavor-of-the-day pork rinds.