Once made with squirrel and other game, stew can be found in domesticated versions in most Atlanta barbecue places. It comes in different consistencies and contains different meats (usually pork, beef and chicken), different vegetables (always corn and tomatoes, sometimes lima beans, onions and potatoes), and different seasonings and levels of spiciness. The one constant: It’s as red as Georgia clay.
There are many fine examples of stew locally. Here are some classics:
Old Brick Pit BBQ
This is as close to textbook Georgia Brunswick stew as you’ll find inside the Perimeter.
4805 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 770-986-7727, oldbrickpitbbq.com.
Old Hickory House
Two generations of Atlantans grew up loving this stuff. At the last outpost of the barbecue chain, the stew is still thick, smoky and slightly sweet.
2202 Northlake Parkway, Tucker. 470-645-1454, oldhickoryhousebbq.com.
Scott’s Walk-Up Bar-B-Q
Scott’s, a few blocks from the Booth Western Art Museum, makes a meaty, vinegary rendition that usually opens my sinuses.
206 N. Tennessee St., Cartersville. 770-382-1600, scottswalkupbbq.com.