I love the chance to meet one of my girls for lunch. And when the lunch spot, unbeknownst to us, ends up being a barbecue spot, it’s a double win. Looking for some place new to try, one of her co-workers told her that the Market, in Norcross, was her “kind of place”. Unsure what they meant by that, we decided to give it a whirl.
The menu is fairly varied, with broad sections – snacks / salads / entrees / barbecue sandwiches and “naan-wiches”. There is a focus on barbecue from their smoker and there were four kinds of sauce on the table (I liked the Hot Mama Vinegar and Colonel Mustard – with the brisket, in my belly). My lunch date had one of the naan wiches (an open faced sandwich on naan bread), served with a side. She chose the smoked turkey, with aged cheddar and bacon and the broccoli salad.
Notice the massive amount of turkey on this sandwich. I tasted the turkey and it was moist and smoky – a tough balancing act in barbecue. They have what appears to be a Southern Pride smoker in the back and somebody knows how to use it. I chose the brisket after being told that it was simply rubbed with salt and pepper and then smoked for twelve to fourteen hours. It was served with two sides, so I chose the mac-n-cheese (what better accompaniment is there for barbecue?) and after the lady at the counter described the tomato salad as sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes in a lite vinaigrette, I chose that for the second.
The brisket was moist and fork tender and there was plenty of it on the plate. The tomatoes were at their nearing-end-of-summer peak and made for a bowl of sweetness mixed with tartness. The mac-n-cheese was creamy and almost too hot to eat. And there was a house-made biscuit. What was not to like? I’ll be looking for a chance to return.