There’s nothing like barbecue in the South. And while Atlanta isn’t Texas or the Carolinas, there are still plenty of great spots for a solid meal that blend the best techniques and flavors from around the country. Hungry yet? If so, check out these barbecue restaurants near MARTA for easy spots to get a bite to eat. Restaurants are listed roughly in order from highest to lowest rating based on Yelp reviews.

Daddy D’z

Daddy D'z BBQ Atlanta

For a serious BBQ joint with a focus on food and not frills, Daddy D’z is an Atlanta classic near the King Memorial MARTA station. The ribs are a specialty here and there are plenty of soul food sides to eat with your meat.

Walking Time: 8 Minutes (view map)
Closest Station: King Memorial
Before or After: Drinks at Augustine’s or Oakland Cemetery

Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q

Fox Bros Bar BQ

Along MARTA and freight rail lines near the Inman Park MARTA station, Fox Bros. has a large patio and large plates of food (see picture above). Some people think this restaurant is the closest you can get to Texas barbecue in Georgia. So eat up! Follow the signs to the Inman Park side of the station and walk west on Dekalb Avenue under the station (toward the historic markers not the bakery).

Walking Time: 8 minutes
Closest Station: Inman Park
Before or After: Little 5 Points, The PATH

Lovies BBQ

Lovies BBQ Atlanta

One of the few MARTA-accessible BBQ spots north of the city, Lovies BBQ is a short walk from the Buckhead MARTA station on the red line. The menu is simple with sandwiches, plates, salads and Southern sides.

Walking Time: 8 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: Buckhead
Before or After: AMC movie theater, shopping

Twin Smokers BBQ

Twin Smokers BBQ

Twin Smokers is one of two downtown barbecue restaurants near the Dome MARTA station. Also near several hotels and tourist attractions, the restaurant is a convenient place to get your fill, plus the meat is outsourced from local farms as an extra perk.

Walking Time: 12 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: Dome/Philips Arena
Before or After: Downtown event, College Football Hall of Fame, Georgia Aquarium

The Smoke Ring

Smoke Ring BBQ Atlanta

The other barbecue restaurant near the Dome station is Smoke Ring in Castleberry Hill — an old warehouse district next to the railroad. Although Smoke Ring is further away from the touristy spots, you can enjoy the historic and modern here and experience a more local vibe as you enjoy a Southern cocktail or moonshine with your meal.

Walking Time: 8 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: Dome/Philips Arena
Before or After: Castleberry Hill, CNN Tour, concert or sporting event

Pig-N-Chik BBQ

Pig N Chik bbq

Head northeast on the gold line to Chamblee for casual dining at Pig-N-Chik. In addition to sandwiches and plates, you can order nachos and wings or purchase barbecue by the pound.

Walking Time: 13 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: Chamblee
Before or After: Keswick Park

Bone Lick BBQ

Bone Lick BBQ

Bone Lick BBQ has two locations in Atlanta, one of which is in downtown Atlanta on Edgewood Avenue. The area has seen massive growth in restaurants and night life, and the streetcar also services the area. As for the food, it’s a blend of different barbecue flavors and techniques along with goodies like jalapeno mac ‘n cheese and tater tots.

Walking Time: 7 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: King Memorial
Before or After: Atlanta Streetcar, Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site

Sweet Auburn Barbecue

Sweet Auburn bbq

Just down the street from Bone Lick is Sweet Auburn Barbecue in the Sweet Auburn Curb Market. Not only is the market a great place to explore, but you’ll also enjoy the restaurant’s slow-cooked meats, wings and even a great veggie plate if you’re not a carnivore.

Walking Time: 10 minutes (view map)
Closest Station: Georgia State
Before or After: Curb Market, Atlanta Streetcar


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