There is nothing flaccid about this soft opening, including their cocktails. Try the Old fashion, only available after 10:00, and smoked over a burning log on the bar and served by a real urban lumberjack .
Sweet Auburn's new location in the Highland's (the old Pura Vida location) is at this point Atlanta's best kept bbq secret .Don't tell anyone about this gem as I know it is going to become the next Fox Bros and I don't want the lines to become so long it would put Tony Montana to shame.
We started with Wu tang hot wings which were not too spicy but could only be described as perfect as they were still crispy and so moist which I attribute it to the dual cooking method of roasting and frying, picking up the best attributes of both techniques.
We also had the pimento cheese wontons, which anyone from the South would appreciate. It was served with a red pepper jelly dipping sauce and exploded with cheesy goodness. Be careful, if you have no will power to allow them to cool you might want to ask your server to bring them out when their temperature has ceased to be measured in Kelvin.
For our entrees we had the lemon grass ribs which were soooo terrible I had to eat them all and then lick the plate for anxiety that the trash can would have to endure a plate of such refuse. Fear not traditional BBQ lovers, for they have everything from brisket to ribs and everything in between.
They even have a few rare items that I never see like BBQ Duck, and Beef rib which BBQ purists would never consider and I am looking forward to try my next time.
We also had the King of Memphis melt brisket sandwich topped with a fried egg. That one was my buddy's fav, including tender but flavorful brisket and buttered Texas toast.
I asked if they had different BBQ sauces as I was disappointed that they didn't initially offer my favorite style, mustard. Low and behold like the answer from the almighty they had mustard which was made from Chinese spicy mustard and they even had the white rhino of sauces: the white BBQ, a mayonnaise based sauce. I have only heard of this sauce in stories from someone who knows someone, who knows someone, who has heard a story the Keyser Soze of sauces if you will. Try before poof it vanishes. Finally we finished our meal with a Mason jar banana pudding parfait and if you had miss one of the food items I mentioned, this would not be it! I mean how does one really choose their favorite child?
The only negative I can say about this place is that my stomach is not large enough to try everything that I wanted on the menu. Oh, parking is across the street.
I became friendly with the owner while I was there and he sent me information about the grand opening party if you would like details favorite my blog alocalinatlanta.com