Anyone who visits Atlanta and asks a native where the best place for BBQ is, would most likely get the answer of Heirloom Market BBQ.
I ordered the pulled pork platter with two sides. The pulled pork comes with your choices of sauces (I picked two), a side of pickles and a toasted hamburger bun. That must be in case you want to make a sandwich on the side. The pork was tender and can be easily shredded with a plastic fork. It was also mixed with chunks of the well seasoned browned outside parts of the pork. It clearly didn’t need the extra sauces on the side, but what’s the fun in not trying the sauces? I chose two to try, Korean sweet heat and Kitchen spicy fresh.
I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, as I dipped each forkful of meat into one sauce, then another. As it was stated on the menu, one is sweeter with a bit of heat (not to the point where you need water, but to the point where you keep wanting more), and the other was the same amount of heat, but not sweet like the other one.
So, both sauces were aptly named. And delicious.
We ordered another platter of brisket with two sides as well. They gave us a combination of lean and fatty slices, I don’t know if that was on purpose or a happy accident. In either case, it was nice to see that the leaner slices were just as tender as the fattier ones. Also of note, we could easily cut with a plastic fork just as we did with the pulled pork.
It should say something when you can cut BBQ meat with a plastic fork.
This platter also came with a side of pickles and a toasted hamburger bun.
The three sides pictured above are the baked beans, collard greens, and Brunswick stew. I had only seen the Brunswick stew for a moment before it was eaten by someone else, so you can conclude that it was pretty good. The baked beans were sweet but not overly sweet like some places make it, smoky but not too smoky, and had chunks of meat mixed into it, which I think were large pieces of brisket. They were probably the best baked beans I ever had.
The collard greens were also made really well. It did have a touch of heat though, but only enough to make you wonder: is that spice or not? Just enough to make you try it again, and again, and again until it’s all gone. The greens also had chunks of meat mixed into it too, not sure what it was (maybe ham) but it was definitely a nice surprise and gave the greens some more texture. I could’ve ordered all the veggie sides and gotten enough meat for my meal without the BBQ.
Ok not really, but they were pretty hearty sides.
I wasn’t even planning on trying the French fries, because we can eat fries anywhere, right? But I took one off my toddler’s plate and wow, they were really good. They were so crispy, perfectly cooked, and seasoned well. After that I tried 27 more. Just to make sure.
My Heirloom Market BBQ Pitch
Overall, Heirloom goes above and beyond with every single item they make, from the BBQ, to the sides, even down to the sauces. I only pictured the most basic items that are on their everyday menu, but they also have a strong Korean influence on a lot of their items, since one of the chefs is in fact Korean. The Facebook page shows their specials of the day, which can include items such as Korean fried chicken (one of my favorites), sweet and sour tofu, cucumber radish salad, and green tomato kimchi. I’ve tried all these items during past visits so I can’t share any pictures, but they are just as good as their regular items.
It is a small place with very limited seating, and crowded especially during the workday lunch time rush. So order ahead for pick up, and they also have a delivery service on their website.
Please check this place out, you won’t be disappointed.