Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Spiced Right Smokehouse – Lilburn, GA


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I first went to Spiced Right many years ago after reading a write-up in Creative Loafing magazine, which awarded them Best of Atlanta more than once. It was very very good. A few years later, I returned and was very disappointed. The quality of the food had gone downhill and taken the ambiance of the place with it. I expected to be writing a review about the “place that used to be” and entered with that mindset.

I was very pleasantly surprised. The interior had undergone a makeover that included getting rid of the buffet style center area that always seemed dirty. The food followed the same pattern.

I ordered the usual pork sandwich with Jennifer having the chicken. I had fries and Brunswick stew. Jennifer had a corn soufflé and a hash. Both sandwiches were top notch, and the sides were excellent. The tea was good, but not great.

Overall, I think Spiced Right Smokehouse is very good and has made quite a comeback. They also now have a location in Roswell on Atlanta Street they call the Ribhouse. Maybe we’ll get around to trying that one out soon.

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Spiced Right Smokehouse BBQ
5364 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lilburn, GA 30047
Phone: 770-564-0355

Spiced Right Ribhouse BBQ
635 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 678-352-9633


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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Walker’s Fried Pies & Barbecue – Ellijay, GA


0927091356 Walker’s Fried Pies & Barbecue – Ellijay, GA

We took a wrong turn while searching for a place to eat in Dahlonega and ended up on highway 52, headed towards Ellijay. That’s when we came upon Walker’s Fried Pies & Barbecue. Being fans of the fried pies from the Sunrise Country Store, we were intrigued, and hungry, so we pulled in.

This was an order-from-the-counter type of place, with a porch attached to a trailer and a portable smoke pit, which, of course, was very promising. We ordered our usual, I having the pulled pork and Jennifer having the chicken. Both came with fries and tea and as usual, I added the Brunswick stew.

The tea was good, but not memorable, and the fries were typical golden crinkles, also good, but nothing special. The sandwiches were very good and we both enjoyed the sauce. The interior was authentic, down-home southern with records on the wall, although the restroom arrangement was a bit odd, and our table was next to the refrigerator, which held various buckets of stew and chopped meats. Speaking of the stew, neither of us cared for it very much.

Of course, we ordered the fried pies, 4 actually, which turned out to be very large, but not quite as good as the ones we got from the Sunrise store, even though they apparently have won some awards, which were proudly displayed near the menus.

If you’re hungry, outside Ellijay, and just want some traditional southern barbecue, this place will do, just avoid the stew.


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Walker’s Fried Pies & Barbecue
2183 Highway 52
East Ellijay, GA 30536
(706) 635-1223


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