Barbecue restaurants are all over the place in Georgia. Some good, some bad, but most of them are very similar. Differences usually arise in the sauces and side dishes. But a lot of the time there is little difference in the quality of the prepared meats and atmosphere.
‘Cue, off of Highway 9 in Milton, GA is another barbecue restaurant that has the menu as predictable as clip of a dad getting hit in the nuts on America’s Funniest Home Videos. The atmosphere in the restaurant is exactly like you would expect. The bar looks like a saloon from a spaghetti western and there are sepia tone pictures on the wall. But with all of this predictability comes food that is surprisingly very good!
Being from Texas, the Mecca of Barbecue, I know a few things. It’s in my blood, so you can pretty much consider me your authority on all things BBQ related. And in Texas, the preferred style of barbecue is sliced brisket and smoked sausage. So when I went into ‘Cue, I decided to put them to the test and try their brisket and sausage.
For sides I got the mac and cheese and brunswick stew. The sides were both really good. ‘Cue’s motto, which is printed on all of their shirts, is “Everything Homemade” and that came out very clearly. The mac and cheese had some of the delicious browning from the top. Creamy, cheesey, and delicious! Some of the best mac and cheese I have had in a while. The brunswick stew was also very good. I would have liked a little more corn and pork, but the flavor was on point.
Now the most important part, brisket and sausage. The SLICED (never get it chopped!) brisket came out with an enticingly pink smoke ring that was a couple millimeters thick. Many places, especially those fastfood BBQ joints, dont get the great smoke ring. While the meat had a fantastic look, it was a little dry, but a healthy dip in their barbecue sauce helped with that. I would give the brisket a B, but judged against it’s local competitors an A-.
The smoked sausage was very ample! It was definitely homemade and had a great spicy flavor that I absolutely loved! When cutting into it you could see the different spices they incorported into the link. I also appreciated the small areas of char from the grill. Those add to the amazing smokey flavor and gave it a wonderful look. The sausage put ‘Cue over the top as a place that I will definitely be visiting again.
The only thing I would caution you about with ‘Cue are the desceptively comfortable hightop booths. I decided to sit in one of these and found it very annoying that my feet were swinging like 4 year old. I guess I just need my feet on the gound. Unless you want your feet to swing, or you can dunk without jumping, go for one of the conventional tables.