For years, the couple talked about opening a restaurant featuring the food Hattie Marie and the rest of the family would cook up for family gatherings, and finally set the wheels in motion two years ago.
The kitchen smokes meat onsite daily -- which means when the meat runs out, it's out for the day. Meat options include a giant beef rib on a 9-inch bone, chicken wings, brisket, pork tenderloin and whole chicken. The restaurant also offers a variety of sandwiches, including smokey sausage links, pulled pork and chicken, shrimp burger and smoked turkey, and seafood offerings such as fried catfish and shrimp, crawfish étouffée, crab claws and hot smoked salmon.
Sides include mac and cheese, collard greens and rice dressing, which Ramona describes as Texas-style dirty rice that's "a party in your mouth; sweet tea and beer are among the beverage offerings.
Open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Hattie Marie's offers daily discounts for employees of nearby Delta and Porsche, as well as military and first responders.
3699 Main St., College Park. 678-796-8205, hattiemaries.com/
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