First Look: Poncey-Highland's Sweet Auburn Barbecue
After beginning as a food counter at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and a food truck anchoring the Atlanta Food Truck Park, Sweet Auburn Barbecue quietly opened its first legit storefront restaurant last week. The new spot maintains owner Howard Hsu's love of fusing the flavors of his Asian family heritage and Southern upbringing.
The space on North Highland has been vacant since Hector Santiago's Pura Vida closed last year. Renovations spruced up the interior with a nouveau-rustic vibe featuring chicken-coop wire, wooden-planked walls and distressed shabby-chic furniture, and the menu of both preexisting Sweet Auburn locations were combined, expanded and elaborated. The restaurant's bar gets just as much attention as its food, with absinthe service, craft beers and thoughtful cocktails available.
Sweet Auburn Barbecue is open 11 AM to 10 PM daily, though plans to stay open until "late" Thursday through Saturday. Click through the slide show for a closer look at the menu.
656 N. Highland Ave. NE; 678-515-3550