Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lithonia: Mabel's BBQ and Smoked Meats

When I searched for "BBQ Lithonia GA" my screen lit up with Mabel's. So off I went. This is clearly a family place, with a photo of the namesake owner and her husband proudly displayed. You order at the counter and then sit down at one of the tables. I asked the young man at the counter what I should order; he smiled and said with an air of certainty, "meat sandwich." That's a chopped brisket sandwich. As I sat at my table, I could hear the knives going away in back, chopping my meat. This sandwich was made for me.

I really enjoyed this sandwich. The meat was neatly diced; it was moist and tender, coated in just enough sauce to add flavor. The bread had been nicely toasted on the flattop. I found it easiest to eat while holding the sandwich in the foil. I chased down every last bit of meat that fell out.

The corn was tasty and prepared in an interesting, unusual way. It gave the aroma of turkey stuffing; the green specs are herbs added for flavor. My original guess was sage, but the green bits don't look the right shape. Perhaps parsley? In any case, very enjoyable.

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