When a new Barbecue joint hits town, everyone wants to know what style of BBQ is being served. Smoke Ring has been branded as: gastrocue, traditional, Southern and Georgian BBQ. Barbecue with style is what the husband and wife team Executive Chef Jordan Wakefield, and Bar Manager Erin Leigh Wakefield are serving up in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood. Atlanta based restaurant group 101 Food Concepts , appears to have added another successful restaurant to their portfolio which includes, Food 101, Meehan’s and Cibo e Beve.
What is “Smoke Ring”? Some slow cooked meats exhibit a pink color just under the surface crust (called bark). This pink ring is often referred to as a “smoke ring” and is considered a prized attribute in the barbecue world. Connoisseurs know the presence of a smoke ring indicates the meat was smoked slowly for an extended period of time.
It’s all in the … Sauce or Meat?
One compliments the other. The dynamic duo of smoked meat that is wonderful alone, escalates to incredible when paired with an equally outstanding barbecue sauce. At The Smoke Ring, choose to go naked or dress it up with Chef Jordan’s take on mustard, white and ancho chile red sauces.
Cuisine: Signature starters include Smoke Ring Jerky, Crispy Pig Ear “Fries” (Chipotle Dusted with White BBQ Sauce) and a crowd favorite, BBQ Deviled Eggs (BBQ Seasoning, Bacon, Bourbon Marmalade and Chive).Featured items include a variety of sliders, small plates, sandwiches, soups, salads and BBQ plates. A variety of sides are offered to accompany entrées including Bacon and Jalapeno Cornbread, 3 Cheese Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob with Cotija and much more.
Drink: Keeping the focus on Georgia and Southern traditions, featured are Southern elixirs, along with Georgia wines, beers and moonshine. Boiled Peanut Martini anyone?
Atmosphere: Beautiful reclaimed wood surrounds you from floor to ceiling. Large windows provide natural light to the expansive dining room and bar. There is room for around 100 people inside and about 30 people on the patio. Office lunch, dinner with family or hang out with friends listening to live music. It is easy to be a regular at The Smoke Ring. Now that’s style.
The Smoke Ring
309 Nelson Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 9AM – 11PM
Friday & Saturday 9AM – 1AM
Sunday 9AM – 11PM
By Gregg Jarahian, an Atlanta-based Marketing and Social Media professional. He’s fond of libations, tasty food and friends to share them both with. Follow him @Greggarious1.