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: Northeast, Northeast, Piedmont Heights
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.
better than daddy d'z – we bring all of our guests from out of town to Fatt Matts and they usually take a few bottles of sauce home with them. i tried daddy d'z and saw a huge r a t run inside while we were eating. there's just no comparison...
fatt matt's is where its at!
and the hushpuppies at the chicken shack are awesome too.
Blues, Beer, and BBQ – Excellent restaurant for a night out with some friends. Very social atmosphere, quality employees and service. Barbecue sauce is a little tangy but great. Ribs fall of the bone. When getting sides, definitely get the Rum Baked Beans.
Pretty Good Ribs – I made the cab trip based upon a recommendation from a bellman. The ribs were pretty good, but they were roasted and then grilled. I prefer slow smoked ribs, but I would eat here again if in the area. I liked the sauce and bought a bottle to take home. The rum beans were good - had a little kick in them.
Soooooo meaty! – I read some of these review, and almost did not go....that would have been a mistake. Fatt Matt's is fabulous. All of you folks that come on this website and dis Fatt Matt's because it is not KC or Texas or Carlolina need to wake up and smell the cappucino. Make no mistake, this is Georgia, and we like Georgia BBQ. The ribs are huge, meaty, and succulent. Yes, the sauce is very vinagery, but this is a good think. I would eat my own toe if it were covered in Fatt Matt's sauce.
Melt in your mouth ribs and amazing brew!!! – Whenever I travel, I like to eat where the locals eat. I am also a huge fan of BBQ, ribs especially. Went to Fat Matts on a citysearch recommendation. My husband and I had two servings of ribs and one pulled pork sandwich along with a side of cole slaw and a pitcher of Red Hook IPA. The ribs were excellent as well as the pulled pork sandwich and their beer selection was really great. I wasn't too crazy about the woman who took my order at the counter, she seemed a little annoyed at my rib enthusiasm, maybe she was having a bad day. The rest of the service was great from the meal delivery down to the table clean up. Kind and full of that good old southern hospitality. If you are looking to eat great BBQ with great brew at ridiculously low prices, I highly suggest Fat Matts!!!!
Good for non-pretentious eating – Contrary to quite a few reviews, the staff was friendly (maybe because they knew we were from out of town) and the food was better than average. I had the combo (chicken and ribs) and my guest had a half slab of ribs. For the price the food was better than average. I found the ribs to be a little on the fatty side, but they had good flavor. My rum baked beans and the potato salad were better than average. There was live blues that night and the owner/manager got up and sang. Considering it was free entertainment it was good. One of the cons was that it was slightly crowded but what decent place to eat isn't? It's also located about a mile from the closest MARTA station and it's easy to get there from the station. If I had another day in Atlanta, I would have gone back.
This Is Not Real BBQ! Ribs Are Boiled! Good For The Masses Who Don't Know BBQ! – This place is just terrible. We have tried it a few times over the years. Yes it stays packed. Yes it is centrally located, easy for everyone to get to, and is full of so-called jazz fans, who don't want to spend any money. But honestly, the ribls are boiled until done. Not par boiled/cooked, but boiled until done. When you place an order, they throw the boiled ribs on the grill, slather that terrible sauce on them, and brown them. End of story. And the rum beans. Straight out of the can, with rum flavoring added. And the place is just a mess, and down right greasy. If you want the real thing, head over to the Daddy's place on Memorial Dr., or up to Roswell to the Swallow Bird!
Why go anywhere else? – I absolutely love the ribs at Fat Matt's!!! They are, hands down, the most tender, flavorful ribs I have ever had. What I enjoy most about Fat Matt's ribs is that they aren't drowning in sauce which proves that someone knows what they're doing. The ribs would be wonderful without a single drop of sauce. They are served with bread that is always soft and ready for dipping. And don't forget to grab a side of the Rum Baked beans. They, too, are great!! The music is great and the customers are some of the nicest around. Sounds strange, but on almost every trip to Fat Matt's, I've made a new buddy. As Rachael Ray, who featured Fat Matt's on her show $40 A Day, would say, Yumm-O!!!!!!
One word - NASTY!!! – I?m actually writing this review on behalf of my parents who were visiting me in Atlanta and decided to venture out to find some BBQ based on recommendations from various sources. Since they are two of the best cooks I know, I?m going to take their word for it. They came back to my apartment and said one word?nasty. Actually they called me before they had even left Matt?s to tell me how awful it was. They said the meat seemed to have been boiled or steamed without seasoning and then heated on a gas grill. The sauce had too much vinegar and was overwhelmingly acidic. It needed more balance. The mediocre entertainment held much more appeal than the food. My parents are from the school of thought that says if the meat can?t stand on it?s own without sauce, then it?s just not good barbeque. Since I agree, I think I?ll save myself the trip.
A destination rib joint – The ribs are tender, the chicken is juicy and the sandwiches are perfect. Add nightly live blues and a good selection of beer to that and you get the picture why this place would be jam-packed at twice its size. For a night of great BBQ and blues, there is no other place in town.
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