Attention Atlanta BBQ lovers: I have a new place for you to try and fall in love with - Smokebelly BBQ. Before I go into the details of the food, my three favorite aspects about the newest BBQ restaurant in Atlanta are the southern-themed atmosphere and decor, the incredible and warming service, and the Cherry Coke BBQ sauce. Keep reading.
I tried out Smokebelly with my best friend Shayla, a fellow foodie. Even with my new Pescatarian lifestyle, I had plenty of options and felt more than welcomed at this BBQ restaurant.
We both started with drinks - white wine for her and the From the Vine cocktail for me. Their cocktail list is one of the best I've seen in Atlanta, it was really hard to pick one!
They start every table with a basket of pork rinds - some restaurants pass out bread, but this is their starter. Love it! Shayla really enjoyed these and even added some hot sauce to them.
Next, we each ordered an appetizer. I ordered the Disco Q fries (meatless) with sweet q sauce, scallions, and ranch drizzle. These were so tasty, and the ranch drizzle was the perfect sauce.
Shayla ordered the Smokebelly Lettuce Wraps with charred corn, blue cheese, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, smoked almonds, and citrus cilantro vinaigrette.
Another look at these unbelievable fries. So. Good.
For her entree, Shayla ordered the Grilled Georgia Mountain Trout with kale and chilled sweet corn & edamame "succotash." She loved her meal and thought the veggies were delicious.
Along with kale, I ordered macaroni and cheese (my weakness) as one of my sides. Really cheesy and tasty.
For my entree, I ordered the BBQ Glazed Grilled Salmon. I've had BBQ salmon at a few places and this was my far my favorite! This was a really light, tender, and tasty meal. Our server, Nick, offered to bring out Smokebelly's special sauces, including the Cherry Coke BBQ sauce. I'm a Georgia girl, can't say no to something with "Coke" in the title. Nick brought out this sauce and after I tried it…omg, unreal. Thank you for the suggestion, Nick, and for being an all-around amazing server!
I dipped my salmon and sides into the Cherry Coke BBQ sauce because I just couldn't get enough. It's a must try!
After all of that delicious food, we made room for trying one of Smokebelly's desserts.
Their Coca-Cola cake sounded so good, but we settled on the Banana Creme Brûlée. Such a good decision. I'm not even a banana pudding fan and I loved this sweet treat. The pieces of banana mixed with the rich custard burnt top layer was impressive and addictive.
I'm grateful to be one of Smokebelly's first customers and I can't wait to go back and try other items on their menu.
Welcome to Atlanta, Smokebelly! See other places I eat in the city.
Dinner for two (℅)