Rarely am I not in the mood to eat barbecue. Growing up, I remember my mom firing up her grill to make hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. When I met Corey, I quickly discovered he was an incredible grill master, so of course I took advantage of that. Needless to say, there’s nothing quite like barbecued meat with home-cooked sides. So when we were invited to try new dishes at Smokebelly in Atlanta, I was genuinely thrilled to recreate the same experience.
My first experience at Smokebelly was a family-style dinner occasion. So in the interest of trying an assortment of their new dishes and staples, we ordered quite a few appetizers and drinks.
We ordered a few cocktails to get the night started: an Old-Fashioned, two glasses of the Sucker Punch and the Southern Mule. I wasn’t ready for how strong these cocktails were, but I was definitely pleased, especially considering the affordable price point (drink prices averaged $6-$10).
I appreciated the restaurant’s fusion of Southern ingredients into different dishes. For instance, I’ve never had a brisket empanada when I lived in Argentina (because brisket isn’t a typical meat they use for this dish), but I liked how they fused the empanadas with a Southern staple like brisket to make it their own dish.
I’m super particular about how I like my deviled eggs (my favorites are at JCT Kitchen!), so though they had bacon, these weren’t my favorite. But I loved the presentation!
I could eat these Brisket Disco Q fries every single day. These crisp waffle fries are topped with beef brisket, barbecue sauce, blue cheese crumbles, scallions and blue cheese drizzle. And they weren’t soggy at all! This is my idea of a good time.
For the main course (which I could barely finish because the appetizers stuffed me to the brim), I opted for a half rack of ribs, a side of macaroni and cheese, baked beans and toast. The rib meat was falling off the bone, and I was glad I was full because I could take them home to eat (and enjoy) them for breakfast the next day.
We also ordered Smokebelly’s version of the 50/50 burger (I had my first one at HOBNOB). The blend was made with ground bacon and brisket/short rib, and the burger was topped with ghost pepper cheese, crispy onions and pickles. We got a side of sweet potato souffle to accompany the burger.
The grilled smoked sausage burger was hearty and delicious. Topped with grilled peppers and onions, you feel like you’re eating healthy when you’re devouring this sinful pork sandwich.
Overall, I was pleased with my visit and left wanting to come back. I’m definitely adding this to my list of BBQ spots in Atlanta to frequent again, especially if it’s just for the cocktails.
Have you ever dined at Smokebelly? If so, how did you like it?
Disclosure: Thanks Smokebelly for hosting us in your restaurant and offering complimentary dinner and drinks! We had a great time. As always, our opinions are 100 percent unbiased and our own.