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“Not bad, for Atlanta BBQ” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fat Matt's Rib Shack

Fat Matt's Rib Shack
1811 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324-5214 (Morningside - Lenox Park)
404-607-1622
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Ranked #33 of 3,460 Restaurants in Atlanta
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: Morningside - Lenox Park
Austin, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Not bad, for Atlanta BBQ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Let's face it (go ahead and disagree), Texas BBQ is second to none. That being said, Fat Matt's is a cut above when it comes to pork ribs in Atlanta. We spent a couple of dinners here on a recent trip to the city and we almost went back a third time. The service moves pretty well and everyone (staff, customers, etc.) are all very friendly. It's "shoulder to shoulder" kind of seating so expect to share a table, but it's not a big deal. We went on a Thursday night and they had live blues music - AMAZING!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Roswell
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86 reviews 86 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“Huge Disappointment”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I've lived in Atlanta for a long time and this was my first visit to Fat Matt's. I was expecting to have some great BBQ based on its good reputation but it was some pretty awful food. The ribs were all fat. There really was no meat to speak of. The chicken was dry. The Mac and cheese had a floury tasting cheese sauce that was grainy and dry. The baked beans and packaged chips were the only tasty items of the meal. If you want some good BBQ go to Fox Brothers.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Windermere, Florida
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146 reviews 146 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Good Casual BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Very good barbecue. Not sure about the previous comment regarding it being pricey. $4.20 for a BBQ pork sandwich (with chips) doesn't seem unreasonable. Also had the rib sandwich ($5.75) and it was excellent.

Lines can get long. We went on a Friday night and the line was out the door, so came back on Saturday afternoon (still a line, but not as long).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Key Largo, Florida
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35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Slamming ribs”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This place was recommended by a few people so I figured I had to try it. They were all right. Fantastic food and exactly as advertised.
A little pricey but good food is worth it.
Nothing fancy for tables inside or out but hey it is what it is.
Excellent blues band playing while I waited for my take out
Service was fantastic and served up with a smile.
Parking was tough and be careful parking behind the place to the left as I was almost blocked in
I will go back every time I'm in Atlanta

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dallas, Texas
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Oh Fat Matt's I miss this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

While I was living in Atlanta, Fat Matt's was my favorite blues and ribs place. They were like a family for me (no not the ribs).
Go to the Fat Matt's
*If you have low cholesterol
*If you enjoy sitting close to other people, and talk to strangers (they become nice drunk strangers after 9 pm or so)
*If you love blues
*If you are not on a romantic date during which you are planning to look into your women's eyes, and hold her hands (yeah your hands will be greasy)

Enjoy that place while you can.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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