Ultimate Cookout Guide

There's nothing like cooking out in the good weather. From buying your meat at a classic butcher shop to new-school gourmet-to-go ... we have you covered for all things grill-tastic this summer.

Updated: May 19, 2008

Get a great grill

From the classic Weber to one of those giant stainless steel things, find a grill to fit any occasion and price range.


955 Highway 34 E, Newnan, GA 30265

You're bound to find a grill that you like at this behemoth home improvement store.


4725 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338

If you can't find a grill here, you can't find one anywhere.

Intown Ace Hardware

854 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Bail on the corporate hounds and pick up a Weber from this Virginia Highland shop.

Big Green Egg

3417 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084

Hit up widly-popular Big Green Egg at their headquarters in Gwinnett County.

Star Clothing Depot

610 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Target boasts a cute and colorful line of summer barbecue, pool, and picnic accessories called "Whim" by Cynthia Rowley.

Fresh meat

This meat comes like meat is supposed to--in butcher paper.

Whole Foods Market

650 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Your Dekalb Farmers' Market

3000 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Dunwoody Auto Ctr

5511 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30338

Oak Grove Market

2757 Lavista Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

Fixin's, sides and booze

If you can't find what you need at Whole Foods or Publix, scope out the scene at these 10 stores and add some local flavor to your grilling experience.

Breadwinner Cafe And Bakery

220 Sandy Springs Cir Ne, Atlanta, GA 30328

Ice cream can get a bit messy in the warm months, so snag one of the high-end seasonal loafs and use it as dessert.


1394 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Got a massive sweet tooth? Nab up some of Alon's addictive sweets fo an instant cookout hit.

Belly General Store

772 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Grab tasty hummus, chicken salad or empandas ... and of course some of their cupcakes for dessert.

Star Provisions

1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

For those picnic-ers who also drive really nice cars and live in the Prado, this is for you.

Hall's Of Fine Wines

245 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

Wine is perfectly tote-able, and cookouts are just better with booze.

Muss & Turner's Inc

1675 Cumberland Pkwy., Ste. 309, Smyrna, GA 30080

High end cheeses and other gourmet goodies simplify things for those who doesn't want a lot of prep time.

Sun In My Belly

2161 College Ave, Atlanta, GA 30317

Get gourmet-to-go meals, sides and sandwiches to take a little stress of the cooking end.

Green's Beverage Stores

737 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306

Pick up a local or tough-to-find brew at a reasonable price.


4285 Roswell Rd NE Ste 10, Atlanta, GA 30342

Make your cookout pop with extra panache thanks to goodies from this above-average shop.

In case of rain ... or charred chicken

Find everything you need, without having to lift a finger at these primo barbecue joints.

Daddy D'z

264 Memorial Dr Se, Atlanta, GA 30312

Rolling Bones Barbecue

377 Edgewood Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

1238 Dekalb Ave, Atlanta, GA 30307

Dekalb locale has a mean way of smokin' their 'cue. Get the wings (yes, wings) and thank us later.

Dusty's Barbecue & Catering

215 Laredo Dr., Decatur, GA 30030

North Carolina style barbecue rules here. Chopped pork delivers a vinager-y zest, and the brunswick stew is not to miss.

Harold's Barbecue

171 Mcdonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315