Heirloom BBQ is where Georgia meets Seoul (not the James Brown type Soul either). It's a unique concept that has been lauded by many different folks. Fox News, the Huffington Post and Food & Wine all sing their praises. And they are all very well deserved. These guys do great work, but it's a different type of place and may not be for everyone.
Your first impression (if you can find parking), is it's one of the most understated store fronts you will see. It shares a space with a convenient store in the shadow of I-285 (and the soon to be new Braves Stadium). Parking is VERY limited so, if you can, go during "off peak" hours.
Bill and I got the meat platter with pulled pork, brisket and sausage with the Kitchen- Spicy/ Fresh sauce and of course the KB sauce.
The brisket was excellent, the pork was good, not great. But what makes Heirloom great is the sauce. Their KB- Korean Style Sweet Heat is the best BBQ sauce in Atlanta. It's just a touch sweet and there is a hint of peanut in there as well with just enough heat to keep it real. I could do shots of this stuff. Seriously, don't tempt me.
I also had the Texas Beef Sausage, which was my 2nd favorite meat. And it needed no sauce, just the sauteed onions it came with.
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Overall, Heirloom was great. If you are into smoking your own meat, do yourself a favor and pick up some of their KB sauce. If you want to try their meat, I would recommend the brisket.
I completely understand their strong presence in the Atlanta and National culinary landscape. This truly is something you can't get anywhere else. That being said, your dining "in" option is standing room only outside. They do have a covered area with heating lamps, but you do have to stand while you eat. So maybe you don't want this to be your first date place. There are also a bunch of folks that get it to go. There are plenty of short term parking options.
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The Dry Rub has unearthed a meeting in the Los Angeles between Dwight Howard and Dennis Rodman regarding basketball (apparently last spring) that went like this. It surprisingly is reminiscent of a Nicholson's scene from A Few Good Men:
Dwight Howard: Dennis, did you execute the Triangle Offense?!
Phil Jackson: You don't have to answer that question!
Rodman: I'll answer the question. You want answers?
Dwight Howard: I think I'm entitled!
Rodman: Dwight, your entire career shows that you are entitled, but you want answers?!
Dwight Howard: I want the truth!
Rodman: You can't handle the truth! You idiot, we play in an NBA that needs rebounds, and defensively those baskets have to be guarded by men with guts. Who's gonna do it? You? You, soft ass Dwight Howard? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep because Kobe won't pass the ball and Pau Gasol has better ball skills. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know, that my threesome with Madonna and a midget, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, wins championships! You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me rebounding that ball. You need me rebounding that ball. We use terms like "team defense", "taking charges", "playing the lanes". We use these words as the backbone of a life spent supporting Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Isaiah Thomas and Joe Dumars . You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps on the coattails on the defense that I provided through film sessions and conditioning, and then question the manner in which I play! I would rather you just said "thank you", and keep taking horrible 12 foot jump shots. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up some ball skills and learn to play in the post. What are you known for? Coming out of a phone booth and dunking the basketball? I averaged 19 F*CK%ING rebounds per game in 1991-2. I averaged 15 rebounds per game on the GREATEST TEAM in the HISTORY of the NBA and only averaged 5 points for the good of the team! Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to!
Dwight Howard: Did you execute the triangle offense?
Rodman: I did the job that—-
Dwight Howard: Did you execute the triangle offense?!!
Rodman: YOU'RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!!
And we wonder why he's lost his mind.