Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Get Stoked for Barbecue: Smokebelly Opens in Buckhead May 21

When anyone asks Smokebelly executive chef Darrell Rice what he’s been smoking, he lays out a litany: pulled pork, sliced brisket, sliced turkey breast, sausage, baby back ribs and a rotation of specialty cuts like pork belly, leg of lamb, beef cheeks, smoked alligator and other wild game that are all within this dry-rub guru’s spectrum. Tantalizing smells and flavors are generated by low-heat smoking methods when Smokebelly, which is brought to you by the team behind The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails and Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and Trey Humphreys (the Fur Bus, A Social Mess and the Pool Hall), officially opens in Buckhead at 128 East Andrews Drive on Wednesday, May 21. Stalkers of smoky goodness can add fresh fish, vegetarian fare and “skinny fixins” like watermelon smoked feta salad and barbecue lettuce wraps to their repertoire. Smokebelly’s menu lays out upwards of 10 house-made sides plus Southern-rooted snacks, barbecue tapas, appetizers, sandwiches and salads. The bar has 20 craft beers on tap, artisanal liquors and handmade craft cocktails. Smokebelly’s own house band rocks on cue and welcomes other musicians to join in. A vintage feel extends through the dining room, bar and patio where guests can enjoy lunch and dinner daily. Guests also can spread out on “The Lawn,” a 1,500-square-foot patio with faux grass that seats an additional 160. Info: 404-848-9100.

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