Just northeast of town in Lilburn, this barbecue joint puts its time and effort where its mouth is, and recognizes that the sauce is the key. It ... More
Spiced Right Barbecue
Just northeast of town in Lilburn, this barbecue joint puts its time and effort where its mouth is, and recognizes that the sauce is the key. It wouldn't qualify as a barbecue restaurant if it were too fancy, but the dining room is nicer than many. Few frills, of course, just a cool, comfortable place to wolf down pork. Ribs, pulled beef and pork, and barbecue chicken are all on the menu, and their sauces are well-renowned. Both their hot and mild have earned Hotamightydamn! ratings from Atlanta magazine.
You can't go wrong with Spiced Right. Everything is good here. They have the best french fries anywhere, it's worth going just for those. Other really good sides include the beans and the fried okra. Plus all the meats are good, particularly the turkey and the pork. They smoke their own meats out back, and you can taste the care that gets put into the cooking. (And you can smell the wonderful aromas before you get in the door.)
The prices are very reasonable. Though I'm a big eater, the lunch plate is plenty of food for me at dinnertime. I'd only get the dinner plate to split.
They have a clean but minimal decor inside which to me looks pretty rustic. In theory, sitting out on their large patio would be nice (aside from the road noise) but in practice it has been either too hot or too cold when we've been there.
I tried this palce for the first time a week ago and didn't hate or like it.
The meat was fresh and everything was nice and warm where it had just been prepared but there was no atmosphere to speak of in the dining area, save for a huge tv, and I was disappointed with the taste of the coleslaw and the brunswick stew. It reminded me of something from the local grocery, nothing special. I also didn't like that the menu was basically non-existant, almost nothing to choose from except pulled meat or sandwiches, and that they only served bread with the meal. I can get a piece of white bread anywhere.
Where is the cornbread and the choice of heat for the sauce? It cost $20 and tax for two plates of beef with coleslaw and one slice of bread per person.
Definitely not a bargain and I can't say I was impressed enough to go back.
The decision to remove the all you can eat buffet from this resturaunt is a disaster. Spiced Right WAS the best BBQ in Atlanta untill the new owner ruined it. This used to be a great place for the working class lunch crowd. Where else could you get a great BBQ lunch for $6? I used to be a regular and would bring clients from all over the U.S. in. I have only been back once since the change. The food and service is still great but $9 for a BBQ plate is absurd. Add on a drink and a tip and the bill is $13!!!!!!! Give us a break & learn from "New Coke." Bring back the buffet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!