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521 Kitchen & Que is Serving Savory Southern Eats… & BBQ!

521 Kitchen & Que

Being from Texas, I have some pretty high standards when it comes to southern-style eats… especially barbecue. Now, I’m no “pit pundit” or “grill guru” but I do pride my tastes on discovering eatery’s around town serving some of the best Que. Sorta like a “Que Connoisseur” you could say. 😉 So when I find a BBQ joint praiseworthy of my picky palate I can’t help but share the sauce. Cue Que Atlanta’s latest restaurant that’s serving up the savory, 521 Kitchen & Que.

521 Kitchen & Que
Photo by Raftermen Photography

To say that 521 Kitchen & Que has stolen my heart (and my taste buds) would be an understatement. Maybe it was their fully-flavored southern fare, or perhaps it was the smoky aroma dominating the atmosphere. I can’t quite put my finger on the sole reason for this love affair, because 521 gave me so many reasons to fall in love.

During a complimentary menu sampling, I was able to try some of 521’s famed foods, and that’s when I knew I’d be the eatery’s new biggest fan. First, I tried an appetizer – the Crispy Pickled Okra with Sweet Onion Jam – a perfect melody of flavor and texture. I think this dish was my absolute favorite! Then I moved on to a sampling plate of their specialty meats: Crispy Smoked Wings, Sliced Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs and Smoked Turkey.  521 Kitchen & Que prides themselves on their “sauce optional” policy, which means they don’t douse the meat in sauce before you even try it. Each meat variety is freshly smoked daily for hours resulting in succulent bites that tastes too good to swallow. What makes 521’s menu a true treat is the special culinary attention that local Atlanta husband and wife duo, Drew and Roma Kirkland take with each dish.

521 Kitchen & Que
Photo by Raftermen Photography
521 Kitchen & Que
Photo by Raftermen Photography
521 Kitchen & Que
Photo by Raftermen Photography

To pick out a couple of the meat platter highlights, the brisket and ribs were excellent, and the smoked turkey was very tender and equally as tasty. Perfectly complementing the savory southern meats, I enjoyed the Stuffing & Gravy, Cola Braised Collards, and Shells & Cheese (clutches pearls)… They were sooo deelish!!! Washing all of this down, of course, with a sip of freshly squeezed lemonade! I was in BBQ Heaven to say the least. But every great meal simply doesn’t end at the main course. I was treated to a seasonally appropriate Pumpkin Pie for dessert, and it was the perfect payoff to a delectable dining experience!

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Even if barbecue isn’t your style, you can still enjoy yummy options like Citrus Roasted Chicken, sumptuous salads, and even meat-free eats like a Black Pea Burger for those with vegetarian tastes. There is something savory for everyone at 521 Kitchen & Que!

521 Kitchen & Que
Photo by Raftermen Photography

And with the holidays right around the corner, 521 Kitchen & Que would love to feed your family a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner. So now you can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal without all of the holiday hassle! Simply pre-order the full Smoked Turkey with all the trimmings, and keep the apron and the oven tucked away on Turkey Day.

521 Kitchen & Que Thanksgiving Dinner
Photo by Raftermen Photography

Be sure to put 521 Kitchen & Que on the menu this holiday season and pamper your palate with a meal more memorable than Aunt Bertha’s ‘famous’ fruitcake soufflé. 😛

Visit 521 Kitchen & Que at 4365 Roswell Rd NE in Atlanta, GA.

Nikka Shae The Undercover Socialite

521 Kitchen & Que provided me with a complimentary tasting; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Wow! This post makes my mouth water. It sounds like a really great place, with new takes on some homestyle favorites. That brisket, though… That makes me want to plan a trip to Atlanta to try it out!

  2. I just ate lunch and now I’m hungry again! This place look awesome!

  3. Looks like you had a fun time! I’ve heard a lot about southern cooking being unhealthy but never been to anywhere that had ‘real’ southern food. Maybe I need a roadtrip!

  4. I will have to add this to my list of places to eat if I ever get south in Texas. There are not many restaurants that serve that type of food, well, here in Chicago

  5. The food looks absolutely incredible! I think I gained a few pounds just reading the post

  6. I haven’t had a pumpkin pie since last Thanksgiving. Did you take the photographs? They are amazing! Sounds like a great place and a wonderful menu.

  7. This food looks delicious! I will have to check out this restaurant if I’m ever in the area!

  8. that all looks fabulous. I think I gained 5 lbs just looking at it.:)

  9. The food looks absolutely delicious, it’s definitely a great place to visit 🙂

  10. Their food looks incredible! I would definitely eat there when I am in the area!

  11. Yum, That all looks so delicious.

  12. All that food looks delicious! It makes me want to visit the next time I’m in Atlanta!

  13. This looks heavely.

  14. The pumpkin pie sounds amazing like a slice of heaven glad you enjoyed your time there. When are you going back next?

  15. oh my yum, there is nothing better than a good ‘ol Texas BBQ – love it!

  16. Wow, this all looks so delicious! Wish it was closer!

  17. Oh man. All of that food looks great!

  18. All this food looks amazing and delicious!!! My favorite would probably be the ribs 🙂

  19. OMG so much yummy food!!!! Nothing better than som BBQ!!! Delicious!

  20. omg I should have not come to this post hungry! All of this food looks absolutely divine!