Atlanta >Food & Dining > Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032433.804592 -84.367142
Mon-Fri 11:30am-11:30pm (until 12:30am Fri); Sun 1-11:30pm
Neighborhoods: Piedmont Heights, Northeast, Northeast
One of the most well known BBQ joints in Atlanta. Their sauce is a little on the spicy side, but that's A-OK with me. They also offer the standard BBQ sides, with the best being their rum baked beans. Expect to wait in a line, but it moves quickly and is well worth it.
AMAZING – Amazing bbq and amazing price! The pulled pork sandwich is delicious and comes with chips. I always order a side of either baked beans or potato salad and both are tasty. It can sometimes be hard to get seating, but it's definately worth the trip!
a taste of Southern atmosphere – A place to spend on good old barbeque, beer and good music.
good bbq – Had a couple ones i was going to give to the musician performing at lunch, guy who was checking on us and refilling our drink/clearing after us nearly picked it up, saw the money and thanked meand i said, 'this is for the musican, don't worry i tipped you when i paid', he said that they didn't get the tips, so be sure if you tip to tip cash!!!
Live Blues Make This Place Swing – Though not re-inventing the wheel when it comes to the food, the main draw of Fat Matt's is the live blues music played nightly. Most dates on the calendar are filled with authentic pickers, young and old. Super-sweet tea washes down pulled pork sandwiches, crispy-charred rib plates, and cups of brunswick stew. Served with disposable plates and cutlery, you get the feeling you aren't in the heart of Atlanta, rather some rib joint parked in Anytown, U.S.A. - and I mean that as a compliment. Pictures adorn the walls of past guests and local legends who have graced the room. Be careful when parking to find an approved spot, as many neighboring businesses will tow.
fatty boiled ribs.... no thanks – been many times over the years at friends' insistence. Very inconsistent fatty boiled ribs. One day good, the next day awful. Love the sauce however. One more thing...very loud and uncomfortable if band is playing. Don't know why all the hipsters love this place so much.
Over-rated – The ribs are highly over-rated. They're parboiled and taste of liquid smoke. The chop and the stew are very good, however, and the service is always great. The live bands are usually awesome as well.
Great Ribs and Great Tunes – This is for sure a joint. Inside though you will find the best ribs in Atlanta and the rest of the menu isn't too shabby either. Don't forget the baked beans. The atmosphere is usually loud with an Atlanta local band trying its thing and the sound of people inside on a busy night can be deafening. The food is amazing. Get it to go if you have to, but get it to go. Next door you'll find the fish and chicken shack and while the atmosphere is not so hot, the food is just as good.
Amazing Mac & Cheese, Superb Ribs, who cares about curb appeal – Fat Matt?s isn't fancy. From the street it looks like a dive. Inside you will find out why folks will line up to get in and travel from near and far to dine at Fat Matt?s. On a 1 to 10 scale my ratings would be as follows:
Ribs 10, Chicken 8, Pulled Pork 8, BBQ Sauce 8.5, Mac & Cheese 10 (Superb ... it was gone in a flash.. some of the best Mac and Cheese I have ever tasted), Sweet Potato casserole/souffle 10, Baked Beans 9, Ice Tea 10, BBQ Sauce 8.5. We tried a little of everything... If I was doing it again I would skip the chicken. The Ribs are fall of the bone tender and the full portion is huge. If you love BBQ, Fat Matt?s is a required stop while in Atlanta.
Nice ribs and live music, too – Smallish hole-in-the-wall ribs joint. The meat on the ribs is tender/juicy and, as advertised, does fall right of the the bones. Free live band playing the blues is a bonus, but it does get loud/noisy (if blues isn't one's type of music). Food is inexpensive. Staff is friendly. And, they do accept credit cards.
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