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Woods Chapel in Summerhill: Good people doing good things while serving great barbecue.

This 5,000-square-foot barbecue spot has a huge wooden side patio with umbrellas and picnic tables, and natural light pours into the dining room thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows all around. Start with dry-rubbed, white-sauced smoked wings and a bag of boiled potatoes, then get down to business on half-pounds of other smoked meats, including whole hog, jalapeno sausage, St. Louis ribs, and Scottish salmon, with sides like smoked pork belly fried rice and pork and beans with burnt ends.

This is a serious addition to Atlanta’s formidable barbecue scene, but WC’s also notable for being community-minded, with recurring “Civic Dinners” where eight guests can join the Johnsons to discuss affordable housing and other neighborhood issues. They even have a game room with darts, shuffleboard, and a pop-up library stocked by the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


By Mike Jordan, Thrillist; Photo by David Danzig

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