Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q
Atlanta's suburbanites are fortunate in some respects: stately homes on sprawling, manicured plots, zero parking headaches, MILFs aplenty, and most importantly, Jim 'N Nicks Bar-B-Que. The franchise's five suburban locations surround Atlanta like numbers on a clock, and judging by the Suwannee location, there's serious pit-mastership at work here. The venerable father-son chain stretches clear to Colorado, but they respect true Southern prep, evidenced in how they whip the trimmings from scratch (the complimentary muffins are divine) and smoke their pork shoulder over hickory for 14 hours at least (it shows). Try the two meat combo plate for a deeply satisfying smokefest that also bites at the wallet ($15.49), or stick with an array of sandwich platters for lighter, cheaper fare (about $7, side included). So what if the joint feels as authentic as Detroiters dropping "y'all." It's the old-fashioned, muscular preparation that counts.