About mid way through “Barbecue Week”, there was an article on Eater.com – Atlanta about where the local chefs like to eat barbecue. I love these articles as they always point out some place that I didn’t have on my radar. This time, the blip was Anna’s BBQ, in Kirkwood. A couple of the chefs mentioned Anna’s, a three year-old, very much “neighborhood” barbecue joint – which was noted for their brisket and their sides. With my beloved preferring brisket, the next Saturday we were on that side of the Connector, to Anna’s we did go.
I’ll have to say that I felt very welcome from the time that we walked in and ordered at the counter until we walked out. Anna is an Atlanta native and most of her family lives in, or near, Kirkwood. The color you see in the photo above are customer compliments and comments, on stickie notes. They are all over the restaurant.
The menu is broader than barbecue, expanding to include pot roast and turkey and dressing on Sunday. I ordered the brisket with mac-n-cheese and lima beans.
The corn muffin was a an unexpected and pleasant surprise. The brisket was smoked well and the sauce was a great complement. It was very good, but the sides were complete stand outs. I love lima beans and these were fresh and awesome, appearing to be cooked with a slab of fatback, flavor-wise. The Mac-n-cheese was multi cheese and gooey.
While we were ordering, I had caught sight of the sliced cakes behind the counter. As we finished, I went back and grabbed a slice of the key lime cake, (although I was tempted by her mom’s (Lola’s) pound cake).
Sure, it’s just a yellow cake dyed green, with a cream cheese frosting, but, holy cow, it hit the spot. It’s hard to beat banana pudding as the perfect barbecue dessert, but this was awfully dang close.