West Midtown has been going through a renaissance for a while. It’s attracted fancy bars like Ormsby’s, fancy restaurants like JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, and West Egg, and now it’s the permanent home for Bone Lick BBQ.
Bone Lick BBQ started life as a popup restaurant at P’Cheen in the Old Fourth Ward. One day a week, Mike LaSage transformed the bar into an award winning barbecue restaurant.
Keeping its locally sourced ethos Bone Lick offers only Georgia wines and beers, and recycles and repurposes like life on earth depends on it.
The juke box is rumored to include selections from the owners’ family, friends, and David Cross (Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development). But the fun doesn’t end there — there’s a selection of coin-operated arcade machines including Street Fighter and Ms. Pacman, and there’s skee-ball, too.
And the food? It smokes everything in the city, according to Atlanta Magazine.
The Fat Ass Sampler
It really is what it says it is -- spare ribs, brisket, spicy sausage, pulled pork and 1/4 chicken. It's probably meant for more than one person, but once you start into pouring those sauces, well you just have to know if the ribs taste different with each of them: North Carolina, Eastern North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Kansas City. And then the brisket. And then the chicken. You get the idea.
The real test of a great BBQ place is in its sides. Bone Lick's mac and cheese is as good as anything you'll find in the city, and better than most. The problem with most mac is that the cheese sauce is too dense, not so at Bone Lick (and their noodles aren't overcooked, either). The problem with Bone Lick's is that you want to keep eating it even after your diet tells you to stop.
The Failed Hunter
For the herbivores out there, Bone Lick has a few veggie-friendly items, the pick of which is The Failed Hunter: Smoked mushrooms, fresh local veggies, greens, homemade pickles and BBQ sauce.