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

Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Ranked #7 of 3,839 Restaurants in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Morningside - Lenox Park
Austin, Texas, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not bad, for Atlanta BBQ”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Roswell
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Huge Disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

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 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Windermere, Florida
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308 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Good Casual BBQ”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Key Largo, Florida
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60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Slamming ribs”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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Austin, Texas
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Oh Fat Matt's I miss this place”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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